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Focus of the beloved CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982) and its less-beloved syndicated sequel The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1991-1993). At the beginning of the original series, it is a 50,000-watt "beautiful music" station with mostly elderly listeners. New program director Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) switches the format to rock—which begins when Dr. Johnny Fever plays Ted Nugent's "Queen of the Forest"—and hires funky DJ Venus Flytrap. The station's struggles to find listeners was a major theme in many episodes.

The station and several scripts (including the famous turkey toss one) were based on the real Atlanta station WQXI, where creator Hugh Wilson once worked. In another weird fake band/real world connection, several songs—including Blondie's "Heart of Glass"—got big sales bumps when they were played on the show.