Baby if you’ve ever wondered. Wondered whatever became of me. I’m living on the air in Cincinnati. Cincinnati WKRP.
Great news for fans of classic TV. WKRP in Cincinnati is getting re-released on DVD but this time with all the original music from the series. Due to music licensing laws (which has killed the DVD release of Quantum Leap for example), the producers of WKRP were not able to obtain the rights for the original music from the show. When the show ran in syndication then, all the classic music from groups like The Who and The Grateful Dead were replaced by generic similar sounding music. The same music was then used for the original DVD release of the show. That just doesn’t cut it.
Shout! Factory will released the complete series of WKRP in Cincinnati on October 28 with all of the original music restored. Fans of WKRP will rejoice at this news. The music was as much a character on this show as the cast themselves. It was the backdrop for a show that bridged the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s pop era. Going back to watch this show with the original music restored will be like a time capsule taking us back to what was going on at that time.
You can pre-order the complete 13 disc series at the Shout! Factory website. The 13-disc set will include not only new bonus features (including a 2014 panel discussion with members of the cast and crew), but actual songs by a staggeringly broad range of artists including Captain Beefheart, Elvis Costello, the Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, the Sir Douglas Quintet, and Huey Lewis & the News. Entertainment Weekly has the complete list of artists included in the complete series. It’s quite a sound track and for only $120 you can get the whole thing.
I think that’s quite a steal. You don’t even have to go to a turkey drop to get it either.