Since Shout! Factory first announced that we would be releasing the WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series on DVD, speculation about how much original music we’d be able to clear has been rampant. And understandably so — in WKRP, music is almost a character itself, and an essential aspect of what makes it one of the best-loved shows of all time. Unfortunately, WKRP was created at a time when DVDs were barely a glimmer on the horizon, so the music was not pre-licensed for home entertainment use. The enormous challenges in going back to clear classic songs has been the main reason why the complete series has not been issued on DVD until now.

As fans of the show ourselves, we tried our best to clear all the songs that made it memorable, but in a few cases, it was simply impossible to get the rights. We were able to include the vast majority of the music, though, with the aim of presenting the best possible release of WKRP on DVD. We believe that we’ve kept the integrity — and the spirit — of the show as intact as anyone could have. We hope you agree.

Here are some of the artists included on the DVD set:


Herb Alpert

Ashford & Simpson

Joan Baez

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band

Pat Benatar

George Benson


Booker T And The MG’s


Alicia Bridges

Jackson Browne

Donald Byrd

Carl Carlton

The Cars

Gene Chandler

Ray Charles



Eric Clapton

The Coasters

Joe Cocker

Elvis Costello

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Crosby, Stills Nash & Young

Christopher Cross

Derek And The Dominos


Bo Diddley

The Doors

Dr. John

Gene Dunlap

The Durocs

Bob Dylan

Earth, Wind & Fire



Marvin Gaye

The Go-Gos

Grateful Dead

Bill Haley And His Comets

Buddy Holly

Bob James

Jefferson Starship

Waylon Jennings

Elton John

Janis Joplin

Greg Kihn Band

Albert King

B.B. King

Evelyn “Champagne” King

Freddie King

The Knack

Kool And the Gang

Jerry Lee Lewis

Huey Lewis & The News

Little River Band

Living Voices

Kenny Loggins

Nick Lowe

Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers

Chuck Mangione

Bob Marley

Paul McCartney and Wings

Delbert McClinton

Eddie Money

The Monotones

Van Morrison

Gary Myrick And the Figures

Ron Nagle

Randy Newman

Olivia Newton-John

Ted Nugent

The O’Jays

Carl Perkins

Tom Petty

Wilson Pickett

The Police

Jean-Luc Ponty

Elvis Presley

The Pretenders



Otis Redding

Little Richard

Lionel Richie

Kenny Rogers

The Rolling Stones

Linda Ronstadt

Sam & Dave

Bob Seger

The Sherbs

The Sir Douglas Quintet

Bruce Springsteen

Edwin Starr

Steely Dan

The Stone City Band



James Taylor

Carla Thomas


Pete Townshend


Luther Vandross

Junior Walker

Grover Washington, Jr.

The Who

Stevie Wonder

Lauren Wood

Neil Young

Michael Kmet