Woohoo! The first season of the late 70s/early 80s sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati comes out on DVD today!
Arguably the greatest sitcom ever created, I’ve been waiting many years for WKRP to come out on DVD. Sadly, this DVD set is a victim of that great restrictor of the arts and sciences: modern copyright law. As the show was based in a radio station, a lot of actual songs were played in the background and used in some of the humor. Due to insipid licensing issues, many of these songs were prohibitively expensive to keep in the show when it appeared in syndication. Consequently, many cuts had to be made to the episodes, and, sins-of-sins, some dialog had to be re-redubbed with “sound-alike” voice actors as new, generic music was inserted to replace actual songs.
I’ve heard that some of the original background music has been reinstated for the DVD release, but most of it still carries the taint of the syndication changes. Oh well. It took years to just get this, so I’ll count my blessings.
Oh, one more thing…