It’s been nearly 30 years since WKRP in Cincinnati aired its famed Thanksgiving Day episode, “Turkey Drop.”
In the time since, that particular show has been voted  —  many times  —  a fan favorite and the No. 1 most watched episode in the five-year history of the CBS  series.

For those who don’t remember this particular show or somehow missed the many, many Thanksgiving season re-runs, the story centers on station manager Arthur Carlson (played by Dayton actor Gordon Jump, later of “Maytag repairman” commercial fame). The sitcom’s plot goes like this: As a promotional stunt for the radio station, Carlson personally arranges to have live turkeys pushed out the door of a helicopter hovering over a shopping mall.

The fine-feathered fiasco, not surprisingly, turns into a bloodbath (you can view the clip on the web at YouTube).
As intrepid WKRP reporter Les Nessman reports from his perch on the ground: “Oh, they’re plunging to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! Children are running to their mothers. ... Oh, the humanity! The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Not since the Hindenburg tragedy has there been anything like this!”

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