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WKRP is back - as a TV station!

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2008 3:00PM
WKRPBaby, if you've ever wondered, wondered whatever became of WKRP...well, it didn't really exist. It was a TV show. But now it's back, and it's even in Cincinnati.

However, there's a twist: this time it's the call letters of a small TV station. WBQC-TV has changed it's call letters to WKRP-TV. I can already sense the backlash that this move will inspire, fans of the show calling it "lame" and rival TV stations saying that they must have been "desperate" to make such a move. Personally, I think it's a great idea. I'm not saying that they have to start recreating episodes of the show at their station - especially not the turkey flying one - but this could give the station some buzz and identity.

Now, if they're smart, they'll try to run reruns of WKRP in Cincinnati on the station. Has that ever been done before, a TV station running a show that has the same name as the TV station itself?

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I can see WKRC and WKRP being confusing.

Here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, we have a KDFW (originally the CBS affiliate, now Fox) and then we have an independent station called KFWD.

Our current CBS affiliate is KTVT. Meanwhile, over in radio-land, we have a station with the call letters KVTT.

KDTN and KDTX are both TV stations here.

We are a very large market, though, and it's not hard to find call letters that are very similar around here.

December 01 2008 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cincinnati Mike

WBQC and their nutty call letters. It never ends. I don't remember what they started as, but they became WBQC when the WB network began ("the WB for the Queen City.") But it got really confusing when they switched to UPN, but kept the WB letters.

As a kid in Cinci, I remember that there was a beef about the title of the show, because there was already a WKRC, which was the Cinci ABC affiliate at the time...and the one doing the complaining. Well, WKRC is still there, and this would seem to be a conflict, wouldn't it?

Also, help me out Cincinnatians...isn't the big tower shown on the opening credits of WKRP actually (coincidentally) WBQC's tower?

December 01 2008 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Cincinnati Mike's comment

They actually used WLWT's (the NBC affiliate here in Cincy) old tower in the credit shot.

December 01 2008 at 4:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There was another article about this where someone at the station said they inquired about airing the show, but that it's only available to cable networks.

December 01 2008 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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