WKRP in Cincinnati to be reissued with most of its original soundtrack


    For a show about a rock radio station, the music in the classic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati was an integral part of its charm. There were running jokes involving songs like “Fly Me To The Moon”, and a soundtrack featuring everyone from AC/DC to Blondie to Neil Young. However, when the show’s music licensing deal expired, producers decided to avoid expensive royalties by using generic “sound-alikes” recorded by studio musicians. Even when its first season was initially reissued on DVD, the episodes were still bogged down by replacement music.

    As God as my witness, I thought turkeys would fly before the show’s original soundtrack would get restored for a DVD release. Fortunately, WKRP In Cincinnati, which ran for four seasons from 1978 to 1982, will soon be re-released with most of its iconic, classic rock-heavy soundtrack.WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series is set to hit stores on October 28th via Shout! Factory.

    Though Shout! Factory managed to get the rights of most of the show’s extensive soundtrack, they didn’t get everything they wanted. In a press release, the label admitted, “in a few cases, it was simply impossible.” A notable absence is Pink Floyd’s “Dogs”, which was heavily featured in the show’s most popular episode “Turkeys Away”. Other choice songs missing include The Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA”, The Beatles’ “Come Together”, Devo’s “Whip It!”, The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me”, and U2’s “I Will Follow”.

    Even with those missing tracks, the soundtrack list is exponentially more comprehensive than any previous effort, featuring The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Nick Lowe, Bob Marley, Tom Petty, The Who, Stevie Wonder, and many more.

    Pre-orders for the release are currently available at the Shout! website for $119.99. The set includes the show’s 90-episode run on DVD, along with bonus footage from this year’s cast reunion at the Paley Center in Los Angeles.

    Below, revisit what might be the funniest moment in sitcom history.

    WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series Soundtrack Artists:
    Herb Alpert
    Ashford & Simpson
    Joan Baez
    Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
    Pat Benatar
    George Benson
    Booker T And The MG’s
    Alicia Bridges
    Jackson Browne
    Donald Byrd
    Carl Carlton
    The Cars
    Gene Chandler
    Ray Charles
    Eric Clapton
    The Coasters
    Joe Cocker
    Elvis Costello
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Crosby, Stills Nash & Young
    Christopher Cross
    Derek And The Dominos
    Bo Diddley
    The Doors
    Dr. John
    Gene Dunlap
    The Durocs
    Bob Dylan
    Earth, Wind & Fire
    Marvin Gaye
    The Go-Gos
    Grateful Dead
    Bill Haley And His Comets
    Buddy Holly
    Bob James
    Jefferson Starship
    Waylon Jennings
    Elton John
    Janis Joplin
    Greg Kihn Band
    Albert King
    B.B. King
    Evelyn “Champagne” King
    Freddie King
    The Knack
    Kool And the Gang
    Jerry Lee Lewis
    Huey Lewis & The News
    Little River Band
    Living Voices
    Kenny Loggins
    Nick Lowe
    Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
    Chuck Mangione
    Bob Marley
    Paul McCartney and Wings
    Delbert McClinton
    Eddie Money
    The Monotones
    Van Morrison
    Gary Myrick And the Figures
    Ron Nagle
    Randy Newman
    Olivia Newton-John
    Ted Nugent
    The O’Jays
    Carl Perkins
    Tom Petty
    Wilson Pickett
    The Police
    Jean-Luc Ponty
    Elvis Presley
    The Pretenders
    Otis Redding
    Little Richard
    Lionel Richie
    Kenny Rogers
    The Rolling Stones
    Linda Ronstadt
    Sam & Dave
    Bob Seger
    The Sherbs
    The Sir Douglas Quintet
    Bruce Springsteen
    Edwin Starr
    Steely Steely Dan
    The Stone City Band
    James Taylor
    Carla Thomas
    Pete Townshend
    Luther Vandross
    Junior Walker
    Grover Washington, Jr.
    The Who
    Stevie Wonder
    Lauren Wood
    Neil Young