“WKRP in Cincinnati” is a classic American sitcom that aired from 1978 to 1982.
The show revolved around the daily operations of a struggling radio station, WKRP, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The series humorously depicts the dynamics among the eccentric staff members as they navigate the challenges of running a radio station and creating successful broadcasts.
Gordon Jump: He portrayed Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson, the bumbling and well-meaning station manager. After “WKRP,” Jump continued acting in various television shows and films. He passed away on September 22 2003 at the age of 71.
Gary Sandy: Sandy played Andy Travis, the new program director who aimed to revitalize the station. Following the series, he appeared in TV shows and theater productions. He continues to perform in regional theater and has performed such roles as Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl and Mike Hammer. He has said that it bothers him being known for a ’70s TV show.
Frank Bonner: Bonner portrayed Herb Tarlek, the station’s unscrupulous advertising sales manager known for his flamboyant fashion choices. He continued acting in TV and theater and even reprised his role as Herb Tarlek in a few reunion shows. Sadly, Frank Bonner passed away on June 16, 2021 at the age of 79.
Richard Sanders: Sanders played Les Nessman, the quirky and often oblivious news director. After the show ended, he appeared in guest roles on various TV shows and performed in theater productions. Sanders is a screenwriter, having written, among other works, several episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati. In 1993, he starred in the computer game Day of the Tentacle.
Howard Hesseman: Hesseman portrayed Dr. Johnny Fever, the rebellious DJ known for his rock ‘n’ roll persona. He went on to star in other TV shows, films, and theater productions, including the popular series “Head of the Class.” Mr. Hesseman passed away on January 29, 1922 at age 81.
Jan Smithers: Smithers played Bailey Quarters, the intelligent and sincere station receptionist. After “WKRP,” she appeared in a few TV movies and shows but gradually stepped away from acting to focus on her personal life.
Loni Anderson: Anderson portrayed Jennifer Marlowe, the glamorous and efficient receptionist. She continued her acting career after the show, appearing in various TV shows and movies. Anderson remains a recognizable figure in the entertainment industry.
Tim Reid: Reid played Venus Flytrap, the charismatic and smooth-talking DJ. He pursued an active acting career after “WKRP,” starring in other TV shows and producing projects. He’s also known for his role in the show “Simon & Simon.”
Overall, the cast members of “WKRP in Cincinnati” went on to pursue diverse careers in the entertainment industry, with varying levels of success. The show remains a beloved classic, remembered for its witty humor and memorable characters.