Everyone at WKRP is overcome with feelings of guilt after a major concert they've helped to promote ends up resulting in the death of 11 people.
Trivia: This episode was based on a real-life tragedy at a Who concert that took place at Riverfront Coliseum on December 3, 1979.
It is the only episode of the series in which Anderson did not appear.
Bill Dial, a producer, writer, and story editor on the series, makes the first of two on-screen appearances in this episode as WKRP's engineer Bucky Dornster (he would also appear in the season 2 episode "Baseball").
Everyone considers this a cause for celebration except Andy, who feels like a failure because the climb in ratings isn't greater. (Bert Parks), runs away from the Shady Rest nursing home and asks his son to lend him money so he can go to California on yet another scheme.
Trivia: Sylvia Sidney played Mama Carlson, owner of the station, in this episode only. WKRP sponsors its first rock concert, by the British "hoodlum" group ("we're...This episode was highly controversial, and the manager of the local Cincinnati affiliate threatened to preempt the broadcast, considering it to be exploitative of the Who tragedy, until he previewed it and realized the important statement it was making about the lack of political will to make progress in banning "festival (non-seat assigned tickets) seating" admission to rock concerts, which was largely responsible for the Who concert disaster.This episode was considered one of several truly ground breaking ones that WKRP aired, adding to the program's reputation for high quality and a willingness to tackle difficult issues.Series creator Hugh Wilson actually wrote the episode under duress from the network to infuse the show with more physical comedy, and used the alias to signal his frustration with their demands.Andy tries to fire the Reverend Little Ed Pembrook (Michael Keenan), who sells John the Baptist shower curtains and The World Is Coming to an End lawn furniture on his show.Trivia: This episode marks the first of three appearances by Edie Mc Clurg as Herb Tarlek's wife Lucille. He would appear in one episode in each season, all in different roles (although his character Rex Erhardt in the season 4 episode "Rumors" is very similar to this one).Comedian Jeff Altman appears as a record company representative.Trivia: In 1997 TV Guide ranked this episode at number 40 on its '100 Greatest Episodes of All Time' list.Andy has to choose between love and work when his ex-girlfriend, country singing star Linda Taylor (Barrie Youngfellow), offers him the chance to go on the road with her.Jennifer pretends Johnny is her husband to ward off a childhood friend from West Virginia (Hoyt Axton) who shows up in Cincinnati expecting her to go through on their teenage agreement to get married.Trivia: Buzz Sapien, a stage manager and associate director on the series, appears in this episode as Man in Elevator.