Thanksgiving Turkeys Away

It’s Thanksgiving in America, and as I think about all the things I’m thankful for, my mind goes back to one of the funniest shows that was ever on TV. It was called WKRP In Cincinnati, and they had one particular show that was titled Turkeys Away. The premise is the radio station wanted to have a publicity promotion, and the president of the station thought it would be great if a helicopter released a bunch of turkeys from a helicopter. However, the problem was noticed later when their ace reporter was on the scene when the turkeys were released from the plane; turkeys can’t fly.

This is the “news” account of the calamity of the turkeys, by intrepid reporter Les Nessman. Enjoy this clip, and enjoy your Thanksgiving, folks.

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19 comments on “Thanksgiving Turkeys Away

  • Unfortunately, here in Indonesia, we don’t have a custom day to celebrate “Thanksgiving”. Therefore, I celebrate it everyday. Happy Thanksgiving to you and family.

    • Thank you Love-ely. I have to admit I don’t give thanks every day, so I’m glad for a day to remind me.

  • Underdog blogger says:

    lol – oh man, i used to love wkrp in cincinnati – thanks for the nostalgia 🙂

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  • This is one of my favorite WKRP in Cincinnati episodes! “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly”. Happy Thanksgiving Mitch!

  • Thanks Mitch, and a happy thanksgiving to you – hope it was very special 🙂

    We don’t celebrate it here in the UK sadly – maybe next year I’ll make a point of doing so!

    Clip was funny, but there is somesort of weird scientology link at the end of it…lol

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  • Josh Zehtabchi says:

    Thanks for the comment, Mitch!

    I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving!

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  • Happy Thanksgiving, Mitch.

    I was a teenager in the late 1960s and went to high school just south of Atlanta. My favorite radio station was WQXI (Quixie in Dixie) and my favorite DJ was Skinny Bobby Harper, who did the morning drive show.

    Hugh Wilson worked in advertising in Atlanta before he created “WKRP in Cincinnati” and it is rumored that Johnny Fever is based, in part, on Skinny Bobby Harper.

    Jerry Blum of WQXI and some of the station’s DJs really did a live turkey promotion and the WKRP episode is based on that stunt.

    I don’t remember exactly where the Turkey Drop happened. I did a little searching on the ‘net and only found a few vague references to it. Some say it happened at Lenox Square, but I thought it happened at a little shopping center off of Piedmont Rd in north Atlanta. I don’t remember the name of the shopping center – it’s been a long time.

    Brief references:

    Turkeys Away

    WQXI AM Radio

    Later, when I saw it on WKRP, I thought they did a great job presenting it as both a tragic and hilarious event.

    Thanks for reminding me of it this morning, Mitch!

    Act on your dream!


    • Thanks for your comment, John. I had read it was based on someone in the Atlanta area also, and I’m thinking it had been a news story before it showed up on WKRP; that’s funny stuff. Then again, there’s a clip I have to find that, when I do, it’s going on this blog. But I don’t want to give it away yet.

  • To Josh, welcome to my blog; I hope you visit often, and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

    To Sire and Dan, thanks for the good wishes. I know y’all don’t have Thanksgiving, but you’re allowed to celebrate this particular holiday along with us, since everyone has something to be thankful for. Course, you missed out on the turkey and other foods, but hey, can’t have everything. lol

  • lol, the clip is funny, thanks for sharing it Mitch. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

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  • Melissa Donovan, Copywriter says:

    I remember that show from when I was just a kid. Pretty gruesome episode!

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    • Hi Melissa. I’m not sure I’d use the word ‘brutal’, since they never showed anything, just talked about it. However, that was the power of TV back in the day; they didn’t have to show every gross thing like today’s TV seems to demand.

  • I know it had a time when it was all over the place, but it seems these shows go in cycles. It’ll be back soon, I imagine.

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