The next episode in what is becoming something like a weekly feature of this blog is from the second season, and is about a strike that seems to be going on for a long time. No, not that one. This is "Mike Fright," where, during a protracted garbage strike, Johnny suggests that his listeners take their garbage down to City Hall in protest. What ensues includes Johnny becoming too nervous to talk on the air, Les Nessman's best news bulletin ever, and "little tiny lawyers running all over the place."
This is one of the strongest episodes of the second season, I think; every character gets something funny to do, and Johnny's final scene in the booth contains at least two of the show's best punchlines. This was also one of the first episodes to bring in the idea that WKRP was becoming marginally more successful than it had been in the first season; the idea behind the episode is that Johnny gets a certain security from knowing that nobody listens to the station or cares what he says, and he becomes flustered to realize that he's developing a real -- and fanatical -- fan following. Note: Jerry Springer was the Mayor of Cincinnati at the time but, alas, he's not mentioned by name in the episode.
This was one of the earliest episodes to suffer a music change: the final scene of Act 1 uses a lot of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody," but it was removed from reruns in the late '80s (I guess separate music and dialogue tracks must have existed for that particular scnene); fortunately a collector sent me the original version, which is included here. Other music includes: "Who Listens to the Radio?" by the Sports, "Rock n' Roll Music" by Chuck Berry, "Nowhere to Run" by Martha and the Vandellas, "Remember Who You Are" by Sly and the Family Stone and the theme from Rocky. Plus some songs in the scene in the bar that I can't identify.
WKRP s02e07 Mike Fright by carpalton