Another Thanksgiving is here and copyright issues again keep the best Thanksgiving sitcom episode off the air.
Airing in November of 1978, the super-secret radio promotion at the Pinedale Shopping Center was an instant classic. But because producers and creators of WKRP in Cincinnatti didn’t nail down the music rights for the rock and roll songs used in the show, WKRP isn’t in syndication or available on DVD.
Years ago I had two vhs tapes filled with original episodes, but figured they would soon be on DVD and either lost them or threw them away.
Now a bit of trivia, the WKRP turkey drop was loosely based on a real event in Yellville, Arkansas back in 1945 or ’46. The folks there dropped the birds from the of the courthouse. Then, some bright bulb, probably some guy named Herb, thought it might be a good idea to drop them out of low-flying airplane. The really interesting thing is they continued to do this until 1989 when a national animal-rights protest made a gobble and had the turkey drop plastered across the National Enquirer.
I post this audio link every year since we won’t hear it on tv.
This year, the clip is on You Tube. Enjoy the funniest conclusion to a tv sitcom in history.