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'WKRP in Cincinnati' creator Hugh Wilson dead at 74

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Posted at 7:45 PM, Jan 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-16 19:45:53-05

CINCINNATI -- Hugh Wilson, creator of the popular Queen City-set sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati," died this weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 74.

The Thanksgiving episode of "WKRP," in which the hapless radio station employees toss turkeys out of a helicopter under the mistaken impression that the birds can fly, still circulates every year around Turkey Day. (It's probably one of the only cultural touchstones your out-of-state friends and relatives have for conceptualizing the city.) Wilson ran the show from 1978 to '82, winning two Humanitas Prizes for scripts he wrote.

He later directed "Police Academy," won an Emmy for the creating the sitcom "Frank's Place" and directed "The First Wives Club."

He died in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is survived by his wife, Charters Smith, and their five adult children. 

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