WKRP in Cincinnati was a great show because it played real music when the disc jockeys were spinning on the air. However this has also been the curse of the show as rights to the songs have expired. This prevented complete episodes from being aired in syndication and a butchered first season DVD set from Fox. Shout! Factory has been doing its best to clear as many musical moments for the upcoming WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series. Here’s an update that includes groups that will be included in the boxset and the bonus features:
CELEBRATING THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY
OF ITS DEBUT SEASON, THE LONG AWAITED
WKRP IN CINCINNATI: THE COMPLETE SERIES
WILL BE available from shout! factory on OCTOBER 28, 2014
13-DVD SET INCLUDES New Interviews With THE CAST AND CREW
Los Angeles, CA – When it comes to the music on-air, nobody does it better than WKRP In Cincinnati. On October 28, 2014, Shout! Factory will release the highly anticipated WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series in a 13-disc set. The box set contains loads of bonus features and original music including tracks by artists such as The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Blondie, Tom Petty, The Cars, Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye, Paul McCartney and Wings, Van Morrison, The Police, Otis Redding & more, all waiting to transport viewers back in time to that wacky radio station in Ohio.
Order from ShoutFactory.com and get free standard U.S. shipping, five weeks early, on September 23.
Pairing an impeccable ensemble cast with sharp wit and great tunes, WKRP In Cincinnati celebrated four amazing seasons, making it the quintessential sitcom for music lovers. Join everyone’s favorite radio DJs—the rockin’ Dr. Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman) and the soulful Venus Flytrap (Tim Reid)—as they weave through the inner-office antics of the crazy WKRP staff; including the station’s program director Andy (Gary Sandy), indecisive manager Arthur (Gordon Jump), advertising executive Herb (Frank Bonner), quirky news man Les Nessman (Richard Sanders), young ingénue Bailey (Jan Smithers) and, of course, the station’s lovely receptionist, Jennifer (Loni Anderson).
WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series bonus features include the “Do My Eyes Say Yes?” featurette; “A ‘Fish Story’ Story” featurette; and WKRP In Cincinnati: A Paley Center Reunion, a panel discussion from 2014 featuring cast members Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Gary Sandy, and Jan Smithers, Executive Producer / Writer Hugh Wilson, Director Asaad Kelada, and the Director of the show’s pilot, Jay Sandrich, all moderated by rock radio legend Jim Ladd.
WKRP in Cincinnati has had a complicated history of music rights restrictions. To make this the most comprehensive DVD release possible, Shout! Factory has done its best to include every scene uncut and with as much original music as possible.
Some of the artists included on the DVD set are:
Ashford & Simpson
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
Booker T And The MG’s
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crosby, Stills Nash & Young
Derek And The Dominos
Earth, Wind & Fire
Bill Haley And His Comets
Greg Kihn Band
Evelyn “Champagne” King
Kool And the Gang
Jerry Lee Lewis
Huey Lewis & The News
Little River Band
Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
Paul McCartney and Wings
Gary Myrick And the Figures
The Rolling Stones
Sam & Dave
The Sir Douglas Quintet
Steely Steely Dan
The Stone City Band
Grover Washington, Jr.
Bonus Features Include:
WKRP In Cincinnati: A Paley Center Reunion
“Do My Eyes Say Yes?” Featurette
“A ‘Fish Story’ Story” Featurette
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