WKRP is coming to DVD!
A comment from Anonymous (clearly the best commenter on any blog) shows that the hit CBS series from the 70s will be available on DVD come April. Alas, it won’t be everything it ought to be.
Music copyright issues have prevented the show from being available on DVD. For those who remember, every episode featured period rock songs. More than 300 in all. The music set the stage for some episodes. But the release to use those songs in the show did not give the production company the rights to use the songs in future releases (for Nick at Night or VHS). That’s why when Nick at Night ran the series ten years or so ago, we did not hear Bob Seger, Van Morrison and Elton John, but canned generic music.
The new release of season one (the season with the Turkey’s Away episode) comes out in April but without the original music from the series.
Retail price for season one is around $39 which is a bit steep. I have found all four seasons on DVD from TVDVDPlanet.com and they advertise each episode will be exactly like it was when it first played on CBS.
I’ve sen an e-mail to TVDVD Planet to ask for a clarification. Their price for all four seasons is just 68.99. Well worth the price if it’s good quality and original music. I’ll let you know what they tell me.
Thanks Todd, (aka anonymous).
By the way, this news made me curious about another show that should be on DVD but isn’t. Fox says it’s still working to put “The Wonder Years” on DVD but the same music copyright issues are standing in their way. This show wouldn’t be the same without the original music.