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America's Favorite Radio Station: WKRP in Cincinnati par [Kassel, Michael B.]
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Although it became one of the most successful programs in syndicated television history, WKRP in Cincinnati faced an uphill struggle trying to obtain prime-time success. Kassel chronicles the decisions and problems that affected WKRP's primetime success, and explores the reasons why it went on to become a classic.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 214 pages
  • Editeur : Popular Press 1; Édition : 1 (1 février 2013)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 …If You’ve Ever Wondered … 11 octobre 2016
Par DACHokie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I watched “WKRP in Cincinnati” as a youth when it originally aired, but never really appreciated (or understood) it’s content until I was older and re-watched the series in syndication (much like “All in the Family”). A show with such a strong and intact ensemble cast that tackled contemporary issues whit humor seemed destined for a long run, but the series was cancelled after only four seasons. I picked up AMERICA’S FAVORITE RADIO STATION simply as a resource for a show I fondly remember and maybe find out why it didn’t get the chance to run its natural course.

As a fan of the show, Michael Kassel’s book provided everything I wanted and expected. Those who enjoyed “WKRP in Cincinnati” undoubtedly look back and remember that the entire cast, working together, was pure TV magic. Maybe it’s me, but all the cast members seem iconic: Venus Flytrap, Johnny Fever, Les Nessman and Bailey Quarters (who’s character will ALWAYS define the name “Bailey” in my mind). Almost every cast member of WKRP was designed, in some degree, to be a stereotype and many of the issues presented on the show were controversial, yet humor and sensitive issues always seemed to mesh perfectly week after week. Kassel details the genius of WKRP creator Hugh Wilson’s ability to lure the talent needed to write and direct one memorable episode after another and find the perfect cast that made those episodes so fun to watch.

AMERICA’S FAVORITE RADIO STATION is a straight-forward resource. Kassel dedicates individual chapters to chronical the show’s inception and casting. I found the chapter on casting particularly revealing as it probably explains, more than anything, the reason for the show’s success. Subsequent chapters detail each of WKRP’s four seasons and provide the substance behind the episodes along with interesting trivia. I found it interesting that as the show progressed, many of the actors were allowed to incorporate their own ideas for character storylines and many ended up writing and directing episodes. The book covers the last season, attempts to reasonably explain WKRP’s early demise and provides some information on the early 90s reboot (“The New WKRP in Cincinnati”). The later chapters provide an episode-by-episode summary of the show with additional trivia and casting information … this is the main reason I wanted this book.

The book was written in 1993 and the material that comprises most of the book is based on interviews with the creator, staff and cast almost 25 years ago. Regardless, if you are a fan of WKRP in Cincinnati, this resource offers a nice nostalgic trip to the days when television was simple and plain fun … reading it certainly explains why the show was so well-liked. AMERICA’S FAVORITE RADIO STATION is primarily a book for WKRP fans and maybe a way of bringing new fans on board.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Winner Of The Buckeye Newshawk Award; Not Ready For The Coveted Silver Sow 5 janvier 2008
Par Robert I. Hedges - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
"America's Favorite Radio Station" by Michael B. Kassel is an account of the creation, making, rise, and fall of the wonderful television comedy "WKRP in Cincinnati". The book is relatively short, but is printed in very small font, so it takes a bit longer to read that you might at first suspect. Kassel spends a lot of time discussing the origins of "WKRP" which requires a lot of time spent with Hugh Wilson, the executive producer of this gem. The background information with Wilson is insightful and justifies reading the book by itself.

Kassel also discusses all of the characters in depth, and interviewed many of the actors that had major roles in the show. Another useful feature is the listing and description of all ninety shows in the series. Less useful, however, is Kassel's attempts at cultural justification for the rise and fall of the show. A theme that Kassel approaches from several different directions is that the rise of Reagan conservatism was indirectly to blame for the demise of the show, while simultaneously arguing that it was the multiple time slot changes that did the show in. The latter seems more logical since the evidence Kassel has assembled seems to support it; the former seems like a method of working a personal political statement into a book where it otherwise didn't fit.

The book also suffers from an overall lack of attention to detail. On page iii, in the list of "WKRP Creative Alumni," Kassel leaves Jan Smithers off the list, despite talking about the importance of the eight key cast members throughout the book. I found that to be a fairly glaring oversight of proofreading, and it didn't set the tone well for the remainder of the book. Typographical and spelling errors also are common in the book. He spells the name of guest star Hoyt Axton as "Axten," and the name of the plane Les took a ride in as "Wacco," not "Waco." Neither of these are, by themselves, a catastrophe for the book, but are representative of the types of errors common throughout the work. I am surprised that Kassel, or the Popular Press of Bowling Green State University, didn't proofread more effectively for these and numerous other spelling and grammatical errors (possessives and apostrophes are a special bane to Kassel). The book is very dated and could use a new edition. Kassel speaks of the "New WKRP" in the present tense, when in fact it was short lived and has been off the air for years.

I was torn about the rating to give this book. For a university press publication the book is very sloppily edited, has numerous spelling and grammatical challenges, and occasionally suffers from conclusions and inferences inadequately supported by the disclosed documentation. On the other hand, Kassel provides all "WKRP" fans and television historians with a valuable account of the making of a television show beloved by millions. Maybe the problem is that the book is an uneasy combination of fan literature and serious historical criticism of a phenomenon, but in the end I think the good outweighs the bad, and that four stars is the most appropriate rating for the book.

I thank Mr. Kassel for his work, and would sincerely love to see a revised edition of the book published to coincide with the release of "WKRP" on DVD.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book if you love this classic show 22 juin 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The author does a good job telling how WKRP came to be, and it's struggles over the four years it was on the air. Interviews with the creator of the show (Wilson) and many of the cast members provide good insight. I wish though more had been discussed about the cast and their relationship to one another. There are many references to how much they enjoyed working together, but it really doesn't go any deeper than that. For instance, Loni Anderson and Gary Sandy supposedly dated for a while during the early years of the show, but no mention of that here. Not looking for dirt, this is one of my top 5 shows of all time after all, but a little more depth on the players would have been nice. One last interesting note. At the beginning of the book when discussing who's who in the show, Jan Smithers as Bailey Quarters is left out. There's not much discussion of her or Gary Sandy in the book and I would guess it's because he was unable to get interviews with them for whatever reason.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The radio station which made America laugh...on T.V.! 4 juillet 2009
Par Randy E. Halford - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I've been a longtime WKRP fan since the show debuted on CBS in the fall of 1978. I watched every episode to follow the antics of the competent(Andy Travis, Jennifer Marlowe & Bailey Quarters), the incompetent (Herb Tarlek, Les Nessman & Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson), and those nutty DJ's (Dr. Johnny Fever & Venus Flytrap) of a second-rate radio place floundering at the bottom of the ratings...and what happens when the format is switched from "elevator music" to rock & roll.
Michael Kassel does a fine job in identifying the cogs which make the engine called "WKRP In Cincinnati" run. While WKRP was known for its greatly-inspired comedy, the show was clearly blessed with having a terrific person in its corner, producer-writer-creator Hugh Wilson. Wilson knew that a good sitcom isn't just about laughs, but about the characters which generate those laughs. He also had a team of talented writers & actors who were able to flesh out those characters in key episodes, which gave the show a fresh perspective.
The book's outside appearance is much to be desired. It suffers from, in what I term, the "textbook blahs"--it's almost devoid of style & color. But this is a minor complaint. As they say, you can't judge a book by its cover. The good stuff is all inside, and plenty of it, as Kassel packs the book with commentary from cast & crew (taken from interviews), touches upon the headaches had with network politics (such as changing time slots & fights over creative content), the production processes leading up to showtime, and even the show's cancellation & its impact/influence on the public. Here too, are the episodes which made us laugh ("Turkeys Away", "Fish Story"), made us think ("In Concert", "Clean Up Radio Broadcasting"), and made us care about the characters ("Who Is Gordon Sims?", "Out to Lunch"), but in unique ways.
Included are cast profiles, episode listings, and crew credits. Kassel updates the information with a "whatever became of me" section, as well as touching upon the new syndicated WKRP show (which, sadly, didn't survive beyond its first season).
A great read about one of television's best programs & a must-read for die-hard WKRP fans.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 WKRP: The Best Radio Station on TV 17 avril 2004
Par Rama Rao - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
We all enjoyed this great TV show in 1980s and many of still do in reruns on TV. Author Mike Kassel has done an excellent job of interviewing the cast and crew and put it all in the form of a book so that millions of fans of the show can read and enjoy. The book gives history of the show's casting, and what went on during each year of taping of the show. Many fans know that this show had an uphill task of convincing CBS executives to give it a stable and steady time slot in weekly program grid, but CBS chose to do what they wanted to do. In spite of that, the show emerged as winner and entertained millions of fans. We are glad to know that Howard Hesseman got the role of WKRPs DJ and Jan Smithers won the hearts of producers of the show to play the role of Bailey Quarters (producers were considering other actors to play these roles). Tim Reid and Richard Sanders wrote several episodes of the series and Frank Bonner directed many shows of WKRP. The author left out Jan Smithers in the list of "WKRP Creative Alumni" on Page iii, which is sad. The book gives episode (story) descriptions of all 90 shows. I encourage the reader to have this book added to his/her personal library.
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