WKRP IN CINCINNATI Reunion – Paley Center – June 4, 2014

Scroll down to the bottom of this post and read from the bottom up. These are the live tweets from tonight’s WKRP IN CINCINNATI Reunion at the Paley Center in Los Angeles. Jim Ladd moderated the panel with creator/Executive Producer Hugh Wilson, Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, directors Jay Sandrich and Asaad Kelada. Gary Sandy phoned into the panel to say hello. Edie McClurg, who played Herb’s wife, was in the audience.

Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
This is Diane Gordon (@thesurfreport) signing off from the LA Paley Center for tonight. I’ll be back Monday for #KeyAndPeele #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
#PALEYLIVE COMEDY GOLD: 1) @JerrySeinfeld & Dave @Letterman; 2) @KeyAndPeele & @pattonoswalt. Both this Monday 6/9! http://paley.me/live
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Sign up for our event blast: http://paley.me/enews and become a @paleycenter Member! http://paley.me/join
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
More #PaleyLive tomorrow with @RickyGervais at 4pmPT/7pmET http://paley.me/live
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Jim Ladd wrapping up tonight’s #WKRP panel — thanks for following along. Hope you enjoyed the livestream and the tweets!
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson: For a deaf guy, he was outta sight! Thanks to Mr. Paley, who I met once. Thanks to @ShoutFactory #Paleylive #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Wilson recounts a crew member telling him: “did you know our sound man is deaf?” Hugh replied, “I think our sound has been pretty good”
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Wilson: we’d hear about shows where they fought & shot til all hours of the early morning. We wrapped at 9pm. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson: I do believe a fish stinks from the head. If a guy in charge sets a tone, it’s followed. (now giving credit to entire crew)
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson: All actors really want is something good to play. They want material they can do something with. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Loni Anderson: I loved working w/all these people. Thanks Hugh, for my blonde hair! (laughs) Such incredible writing, such a gift. #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hesseman: I’m forever grateful to you, Hugh Wilson, for creating this show & letting me be part of it. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hesseman: These 2 directors gave us our start & helped shape our first season. Thanks to my fellow players. Salute to the crew too. #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Jan Smithers: #WKRP started my understanding of how to act. I learned to make friends in unity onstage. We’re here to help each other
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Tim Reid: #WKRP made it possible for me to work in TV all these years. I thank Hugh & all my fellow actors. I wish the show had gone longer.
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Kelada: it’s not often you sit 30 yrs later & talk about story elements & ideas that were addressed. A tribute to Hugh & all involved
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Asaad Kelada: my experience on #WKRP was a personal & professional highlight. Lifetime connections I treasure. #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Jay Sandrich: I contributed Gordon Jump & Howard Hesseman to the pilot. Hugh: Jay gave us credibility. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Edie McClurg telling a story about the shooting of the real families episode, takeoff of the show “Real People.” #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Edie McClurg asks about the real families episode. (She played Herb’s wife on #WKRP.) Praises the writing of that episode. #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Tim Reid: episode about the atom has been shown in schools. People still come up to him & tell him he taught them about the atom #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson: When you’re young, you’re like, “S–t yeah, I’ll swordfight ya!” #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson: Ageism is a big deal. I’m 70 so I’m out. Being young was impt in getting shows done, I was stupidly brave. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson: I’m 70. I’m way funnier now than I used to be. I’m smarter & way better read. I could fix or improve any comedy on TV now.
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
The Marine Corps in San Diego gave Tim Reid an award for the Gordon Sims episode. Also won Humanitas award #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Tim Reid: the military sat in the audience during the production week for the episode. It went well. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Tim Reid: I hadn’t had an ep in S1. Hugh showed me script. it was amazing. TV hadn’t covered Vietnam. Network said no. It was last ep of S1
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Audience Q about “Who Is Gordon Sims?” ep – how did it develop? Tim Reid: each character was supposed to get an ep in Season 1. #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hesseman: the show’s not about radio, it’s about a group of people who happen to work at a radio station. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Audience Q about Johnny Fever. Wilson said it was a DJ named Skinny in Atlanta. Never had a coherent convo with him, was Hugh’s fave DJ
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
.@ShoutFactory is trying to purchase music rights. It’s a long process. They’re trying! #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Reid is happy @ShoutFactory is releasing the original versions of the episodes. Hugh Wilson chimes in his thanks too. #PaleyLive #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Audience Q: how do you feel about the show getting new life now from new generation seeing it? Tim Reid: they’re seeing edited eps. #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Cast remembering the late Gordon Jump. Loni: he’d doseveral takes & audience would always laugh. Wilson: He was always the adult in the room
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson got ideas for Herb’s awful suits when he waited for flights in the Atlanta airport. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Ladd mentions Frank Bonner as Herb the salesman. Loni says he had brilliant moments in front the audience during tapings. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hesseman: It was incredibly brave to do an episode of a comedy about a black man’s view of Vietnam. I take my hat off to you (to Hugh W)
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hesseman recalling ep “Who Is Gordon Simms?” when it was revealed Venus went AWOL after a tour of duty in Vietnam. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Wilson: Grant Tinker always interceded when anything big came up. I don’t if that kind of guy is still around. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Sandrich: Grant always backed the writers. If #WKRP had been at any other studio, it wouldn’t have been made. Hugh Wilson agrees #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Sandrich: I have to mention Grant Tinker, the head of MTM. He always said to the network, “No, that’s the way the writer wants it.”
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Tim Reid: network didn’t want us to do the story, but episode was made. CBS wouldn’t air it before Cincinnati city council viewed & ok’d it
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Tim Reid: #WKRP was a radical show. Hugh had the idea to do an episode about The Who tragedy that happened in Cincinnati, wrote it quickly
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Wilson says the banner was taken down when fearful CBS pages ran in & asked them to take it down. “We followed the rules” (grin) #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
For that episode, there was a banner that said “Welcome, Scum” – it was hung the same day CBS execs were visiting. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hesseman and Wilson talking about the made-up band Scum of the Earth. Michael Des Barres played 1 of the band members. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Ladd: did rock musicians visit the show? Hesseman doesn’t remember if they did, “so they may have been there.” #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Wilson credits Richard Sanders, “he was so beautifully out of his mind – he really sold it” as Les Nessman #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Wilson gives a shoutout to Richard Sanders and Frank Bonner – “those guys were so funny!” #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson says he got letters from people in radio who thought the show was authentic. Made him feel good. #PaleyLive #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Ladd to Wilson: you wrote an episode about ratings & Gary Sandy held an ARB ratings book. You explained the pressure really well. #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Loni Anderson: Hugh did a lovely thing with Bailey & Jennifer – he wrote in a camaraderie, not competition. #PaleyLive #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Ladd to Loni: every station I worked at had a linchpin. Jennifer was the linchpin at #WKRP. Loni: Jennifer made sure it all ran. #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson gets a laugh every time he utters the word “negro” tonight. #hadtobethere #PaleyLive #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Various cast members are now introducing their wives and families from the stage. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Wilson says Edie McClurg is “money in the bank” when it comes to funny. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Jackie Briskie (sp?) cast #WKRP – she’s also here tonight. Edie McClurg just stood up in the audience! #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Wilson giving shoutouts to writers Lissa Levin and Dan Guntzelman, who are in the #PaleyLive audience. #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Wilson: On the other hand, Jay is known as a sadist. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson: Asaad’s style was unusual. He appears to love everyone & got the job done with hugs. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Kelada notes the comedy came out of character, not predictable punchlines. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Kelada: the words were literature-we don’t often use that word when it comes to TV comedy writing. At that time, TV writing was exceptional
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Ladd: the radio studio was a little different each week, exactly as IRL radio. Asaad Kelada did pay attention to that when he directed
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Wilson encouraged writers to LISTEN to the script reads instead of looking at their scripts. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Jay Sandrich: in #WKRP pilot, Johnny had a monologue that didn’t work; Hugh adlibbed a fix. #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hesseman: we knew our suggestions were taken into consideration by the writers. It wasn’t just lip service. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hesseman: We were encouraged to show line alternatives we’d discovered thru improv or from not learning our lines properly #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hesseman: We were allowed to play anything on the radio, assuming you made it to the station. Meeting Hugh at audition, I knew who Fever was
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Howard Hesseman on Johnny Fever and his own persona: It was there on the page for the most part. I knew guys who spent lives in radio
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 2h
Hugh Wilson is on fire tonight. Absolutely one of the funniest off the cuff panelists we’ve seen here… #justsayin #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Tim Reid: a lotta people give Miami Vice credit for using music on TV but #WKRP broke Bob Marley in America. We broke “Heart of Glass”
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Wilson: you start as a show’s creator, a few episodes in, you’re a follower. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Wilson: Howard & Tim programmed their own music for #WKRP – they’re both deeply good about music. #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Hugh Wilson: when actors start to embody the character, you chase them. It’s a real collaboration. It wasn’t what I envisioned at all at 1st
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Wilson told Loni: Let’s make Jennifer “Lana Turner & the smartest person in the room” but Jennifer didn’t DO anything. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Ladd to Loni: sexual harassment was in the consciousness when you did the show. Jennifer never put up with it. Loni: Hugh said, (more)
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Wilson: the show is a history capsule of stuff that was happening right then. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Hugh Wilson: I had Loni and Jan in the show. I was chasing numbers & I had a reason to get outta bed in the morning. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Jim Ladd recalls how women used to be marginalized in radio. Did Jan Smithers feel Bailey was pushing boundaries? Jan: not really. #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Tim Reid: I sat w/Hugh & Grant Tinker, I told them I didn’t want to be broad. Nighttime DJs were smooth. Hugh promised he’d be 2D at least.
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Tim Reid: Venus was written in the pilot as a flamboyant black man. They wanted a broader actor, like JJ Walker. I didn’t want that. #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Jim Ladd: I related to Howard’s character because of his health regimen. I related to Tim’s character because I was a latenight DJ #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Gary Sandy says he’s working, which is why he’s not in LA for tonight’s program. He says he’s been doing a lot of radio! #PaleyLive #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Gary Sandy:you could come in to rehearse on a Monday, Hugh & the writers knew exactly what didn’t work & fixed it quickly. #PaleyLive #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Special guest phoning into the panel: GARY SANDY! Says the group was a family. Scenes blended together for him. Fave ep: Les on a Ledge.
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Hugh Wilson saw Hesseman at The Committee in SF. Wanted him badly for #WKRP as Johnny Fever was key character. #paleylive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Asaad Kelada observed Sandrich in his early directing days. Really wanted to work on #WKRP after watching Hesseman as Johnny Fever.
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Hugh Wilson: When Jay Sandrich agreed to direct #WKRP pilot, it got CBS’ attention. He also got Gordon Jump, we miss him tremendously
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Wilson said scripts got better thru the production week as Sandrich worked w/the actors on them. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Hugh Wilson: Jay Sandrich is the Werner von Braun of TV comedy. He’s really really good. I watched MTM show rehearse when I got to MTM
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Jay Sandrich suggested Gordon Jump and Howard Hesseman for their #WKRP roles. #paleylive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Q: What was the chemistry like on #WKRP set? Grant Tinker asked Sandrich to direct the pilot; he was working on #Soap at the time
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Hugh Wilson: Being beautiful prepared Loni for her role on the show. #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Jim Ladd asks: did any of the cast work in radio before #WKRP? Loni: I did radio commercials. #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
There’s so much TV history onstage with Jay Sandrich AND Asaad Kelada. They both directed tons of TV sitcoms. #PaleyLive #WKRP
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Howard Hesseman remarked to us earlier about tonight’s #WKRP reunion, “It’s a chance to see old friends.” #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Jim Ladd is introducting tonight’s panel, starting with #WKRP creator/EP Hugh Wilson. #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
#WKRPInCincinnati #PaleyLive livestream starting now — click here: http://bit.ly/1tJPsky
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
#WKRPInCincinnati cast photo!! #PaleyLive pic.twitter.com/yVR3fHKcSz
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Tonight’s panel: Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, Hugh Wilson, Asaad Kelada, Jay Sandrich #WKRP #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
#WKRP episode screened tonight: “Turkeys Away” – a true tv classic. If you wanna watch it, http://imdb.to/1hAnEzf
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
#WKRPInCincinnati #PaleyLive stream starting in about 5 minutes – LINK: http://media.paleycenter.org/paleylive-live-stream …
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Directors Asaad Kelada and Jay Sandrich watching the #WKRPInCincinnati episode screening @paleycenter pic.twitter.com/lZHf3WxF3p
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
For #WKRP fans, @ShoutFactory reps here tonight say they’re working on getting rights to the music used in the episodes. #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
The #WKRP episode is screening now @paleycenter LA. Livestream will start around 730pmPT/1030pmET http://bit.ly/1tJPsky
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Jim Ladd is onstage now to introduce the classic #WKRP episode that’s screening tonight. #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Hugh Wilson is hugging all the cast members & it is so sweet!! #WKRPInCincinnati #PaleyLive pic.twitter.com/yZiWZ4yQWe
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Paley Center Programming Director Rene Reyes welcomes Daphne Maxwell-Reid, who’s here tonight for #WKRPInCincinnati #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Thanks to @ShoutFactory for their help – they’re putting out the entire #WKRPInCincinnati series on DVD – to be released soon! #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
LIVESTREAM LINK FOR #WKRPInCincinnati #PaleyLive http://bit.ly/1tJPsky
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
Be sure to follow @paleycenter on @instagram and @tumblr for lots of backstage & red carpet photos from all #PaleyLive events!
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
You can watch the #PaleyLive live stream on your phone – just download the app: http://bit.ly/1tJONzE
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 3h
We’ll be getting started shortly with the #WKRP #PaleyLive panel. Stand by for live tweets of the panel.
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 4h
Jim Ladd is moderating tonight’s #WKRP #PaleyLive panel. Ladd now hosts a show on @SIRIUSXM Deep Tracks.
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 4h
Asked Hugh Wilson for a photo & he said, “I don’t do nudes but other than that…” #WKRPInCincinnati #PaleyLive
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 4h
Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson and Tim Reid are here at #PaleyLive for the WKRP reunion! pic.twitter.com/C7RVRGtgp2
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 4h
Ladies and gentleman, Loni Anderson. Gorgeous. #WKRPInCincinnati #PaleyLive pic.twitter.com/mbKgvYfkFT
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 4h
Here tonight for #WKRPInCincinnati #PaleyLive: Tim Reid, Howard Hesseman, Edie McClurg, Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 4h
Legendary TV director Jay Sandrich is here for #WKRPInCincinnati #PaleyLive pic.twitter.com/FvZ1QdoWPs
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 4h
WKRP creator/exec producer Hugh Wilson is working the press line #PaleyLive pic.twitter.com/kojAuUyYGE
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Paley Center @paleycenter · 4h
Hello TV fans! Diane Gordon aka @thesurfreport here at #PaleyLive LA for the WKRP in Cincinnati Reunion. Stand by for red carpet photos!
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THE SURF REPORT Check-In: Highlights, Lowlights & Stuff In Between–12/17/13

TweetHi everyone. I’m happy to report that my day job at Studio System News has me running around like crazy – and I mean crazy in a good way. Lots more events to attend and more shmoozing than ever. It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it. Thankfully, as Sondheim wrote, “I’m Still Here”…

THE SURF REPORT: Fall check-in – 10/14/13

TweetMy blog silence is not intentional — it’s the day job keeping me busy! Let’s catch up. THE EMMYS: Emmy season was crazy busy for me as I did a ton of interviews for Studio System News (SSN) and then I was in the press room for the Emmys, which was a new and different…

THE SURF REPORT: TCA aftereffect = less live TV viewing — 8/20/13

TweetHello TV Friends, Long time, no Surf. I haven’t really been M.I.A. and if you follow me on Twitter @thesurfreport or Facebook, you know I’ve been busy with interviews for Studio System News Emmy coverage. While everyone is talking about Alexander Skarsgard’s naughty bits on display in the TRUE BLOOD season finale, I lost track…

THE SURF REPORT: COVERT AFFAIRS & SUITS return, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is back! 7/16/13

TweetI’ve been working on my summer tan. What have you been watching? COVERT AFFAIRS: The sexy spy show returns tonight to start a fourth season at 9pm on USA. If you haven’t watched for awhile, tune in and check it out again. Annie Walker has honed her spy chops, though she still diverges from the…