We start today with the loss of Frank Bonner, aka Herb Tarlek the sales manager of WKRP in Cincinnati. The actor passed away on Wednesday.
I've posted a few times about this show over the years, and I always say the same thing. Whomever wrote WKRP in Cincinnati worked extensively in radio, because myself and pretty much every other radio person I've ever worked with knows those characters extensively. While Venus, Johnny Fever, Jennifer, Bailey, Andy and The Big Guy all are really familiar, the two most iconic characters were Les Nessman the newsman and Bonner's Herb.
Herb Tarlek was such a great character. The show is dated with some inappropriate language for today, but his character represented late 70's early 80's smarmy salesman so well. A lot of great episodes featured Herb, but an underrated gem is the late first season episode Fish Story. Basically it involves the station mascot (Herb in a WKRP Carp suit) fighting with the radio station mascot from WPIG (by the way, pay toilets!). I did have to help break up a fight between two radio station mascots in Iowa one time. Like I said, very real!
This is a quick behind the scene feature which talks about how they really didn't want to do this episode, but it became a huge hit. Enjoy. God speed Frank.
Also this week is the return of The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper as he got to interview Mike Lindell (the my pillow guy) as he was doing his...rally(?) in Wisconsin. Klepper's point about how Lindell's claims are exactly like a Bigfoot show (There was no evidence this week, but if you turn in next week, MAYBE they'll see one then!) is so freaking perfect!
It was so good that Lindell, a man who never met a camera he wouldn't try to hog for as long as possible stormed off. Beautiful!
Have a great weekend everyone!
PLEASE get vaccinated! Stay healthy, stay safe!