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Listen Up: It's National Radio Day. What Are Your Favorite Radio-Centric Shows?

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 20th 2010 4:00PM
RadioVideo might not have killed the radio star after all.

Since today is National Radio Day (the Internet says so!), we decided to take a look back into the annals of TV history and round up our favorite radio-centric shows.

Turns out, there are plenty of series that take place in the wonderful world of radio, and that's not even counting all the other shows with awesome episodes revolving around a radio station call-in contest. (OK, maybe we're just thinking about that one episode of 'Saved by the Bell' when Zack used his brick of a cell phone to call in to a trivia contest so he could win a tropical vacation. Remember that? No? Just us?)

After the jump are four of our favorite shows about all things radio ...


Seattle talk radio psychologist Dr. Frasier Crane leant a learned ear to listeners who wanted to explore their neuroses. But on the show, the most interesting neurotics were the ones in his own family -- namely his uptight brother, Niles, his wacky father, Martin, and his father's even wackier caretaker, Daphne. The 'Cheers' spinoff lasted an astounding 11 seasons on NBC, broadcasting its last transmission in 2004.


It would seem an unlikely combination to base an absurdist TV sitcom in the typically serious atmosphere of a New York-based AM news radio station, but somehow, 'NewsRadio' worked. The show lasted 97 episodes in the mid-to-late '90s, and the eccentric gang at WNYX lived on in syndication even after their four-year run.

WKRP in Cincinatti'WKRP in Cincinnati'

The title of this show pretty much says it all. The comedy, which debuted in 1978 and ran for four seasons, followed the hijinks of a lovable but semi-incompetent staff at an Ohio radio station. In fact, the show's characters were loosely based on real people and real events creator Hugh Wilson experienced while working in radio.

Life Unexpected'Life Unexpected'

Sure, this CW show is only entering its sophomore season, but two of its main characters make their living in the airwaves. Though radio's glory days are over, it's nice to see the lives of a pair of Portland, Ore. morning radio DJs portrayed as glamorous and action-packed.

Tell us: What's your favorite radio-centric show?

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WKRP in Cincinnati is by far the greatest radio-centric show ever made, with amazing music played in each episode, and a wonderful cast of characters. However, I feel like there should have been some mention of the short lived VH1 series Free Radio. I don't think it belongs on the actual list, but I do think it deserves some sort of honorable mention. It was very funny!

August 20 2010 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

Besides WKRP, I liked FM, the short-lived 1989 series starring Robert Hays, Patricia Richardson, Lynne Thigpen, and James Avery.

August 20 2010 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Remember WENN. Set in pre-WW2 radio station in Pittsburgh PA. Awesome show... AMC refuses to release it onto DVD. More's the pity.

August 20 2010 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Frasier is near the top of my favorites list already. But two others to tangentially consider:

can we count Full House? Jesse & Joey had the Rush Hour Renegades for a bit. :)

and the original 90210 - David's radio shows were generally pretty good.

August 20 2010 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't forget that WKRP also had a short-lived revival in first-run syndication in 1991 -- with Mr. Carlson, Herb and Les from the original cast, Mykelti Williamson in the sort of one-sane-man role which Gary Sandy played in the original, and some of the other original cast members as occasional guest stars.

August 20 2010 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Newsradio was my favorite radio-based show.

But my close second was Free Radio on VH1. I am still sadden that the show was only out for two seasons.

August 20 2010 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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