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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2022, 09:43:20 AM »
WKRP was actually based on WQXI radio in Atlanta. Dr. Johnny Fever was based on a DJ from Canada who used the air name Skinny Bobby Harper.

I'll be darned.  I had no idea what the show was based on, or even if it was inspired by real life personalities.

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« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2022, 10:11:35 AM »
WKRP was actually based on WQXI radio in Atlanta. Dr. Johnny Fever was based on a DJ from Canada who used the air name Skinny Bobby Harper.

I've read that as well, but there were certainly elements of Cincinnati's WEBN in that series.  WEBN was the "out there" rock station of the day in Cincinnati with on-air personalities/staff who rivaled those of the fictional WKRP in terms of being off-the-wall.  Their station promotions were equally colorful.  They labelled themselves the "Lunatic Fringe of American Radio."

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« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2022, 10:17:58 AM »
WKRP was actually based on WQXI radio in Atlanta. Dr. Johnny Fever was based on a DJ from Canada who used the air name Skinny Bobby Harper.
Well whadda ya know..
https://www.ajc.com/news/obituaries/skinny-dj-harper-dies-longtime-atlanta-radio-star-a-model-for-wkrps-johnny-fever/6E4CJBR6TBDU5JW6WLNYQXTD6M/
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Re: Worst Sports Fans
« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2022, 10:44:16 AM »
I've read that as well, but there were certainly elements of Cincinnati's WEBN in that series.  WEBN was the "out there" rock station of the day in Cincinnati with on-air personalities/staff who rivaled those of the fictional WKRP in terms of being off-the-wall.  Their station promotions were equally colorful.  They labelled themselves the "Lunatic Fringe of American Radio."
”In its early days, WEBN broadcast from a bright blue old house in Cincinnati's west-side Price Hill neighborhood at 1050 Considine Ave. referred to on-air as "Price's Mountain". Anyone at any time 24 hours a day could visit the station and walk right into the studio and home and watch on-air personalities broadcast their programs. Visitors were right in the studio as the DJs performed live. The house wasn't hard to spot - it had what appeared to be a cocker spaniel sitting in an old barbershop chair on the front porch. The taxidermied dog had been Frank Wood, Sr.'s pet named Miles Duffy. Frank Sr. being basically a one-man show when he began the station, decided to name "Miles Duffy" as WEBN's program director to give the impression that WEBN had more employees and his so called on-air "staph" than just himself. This joke continued officially for some years even as the station continued to grow...”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/WEBN

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« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2022, 12:05:12 PM »
”In its early days, WEBN broadcast from a bright blue old house in Cincinnati's west-side Price Hill neighborhood at 1050 Considine Ave. referred to on-air as "Price's Mountain". Anyone at any time 24 hours a day could visit the station and walk right into the studio and home and watch on-air personalities broadcast their programs. Visitors were right in the studio as the DJs performed live. The house wasn't hard to spot - it had what appeared to be a cocker spaniel sitting in an old barbershop chair on the front porch. The taxidermied dog had been Frank Wood, Sr.'s pet named Miles Duffy. Frank Sr. being basically a one-man show when he began the station, decided to name "Miles Duffy" as WEBN's program director to give the impression that WEBN had more employees and his so called on-air "staph" than just himself. This joke continued officially for some years even as the station continued to grow...”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/WEBN


Old man Wood was a piece of work.  For years every Sunday morning from 9am to noon he'd host a classical music show, sounded like something you'd hear on an NPR station. His voice sounded like he had garbled peebles.  The station never advertised or promoted his show, rather it came off as three hours of sanity amidst all the bizarre promotions and fake commercials the station ran.

The station established a (fake) corporate offshoot they called Brute Force Cybernetics that developed really bizarre products like three dimensional TVs, negative calorie cookies, and portable holes.  They also started a massive fireworks show on Labor Day in downtown Cincinnati.  Early on it anarchy. Drink, smoke, get naked, whatever, as long as you weren’t killing somebody, the cops just walked on by. That fireworks show is still an annual event, but now part of the mainstream.

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Re: Worst Sports Fans
« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2022, 12:18:45 PM »
Anyone who would wear that cap is up to no good.

A couple of them almost got themselves thrown down a flight of about 100 steps at Cal Stadium.