Music Monday: Steve Carlisle singing WKRP in Cincinnati

Posted By on March 19, 2018

SteveCarlilseWKRPDuring a couple evenings last week I enjoyed a Twitter back and forth with Charlie Wilde, a disc jockey filling in for the vacationing JJ Walker on SiriusXM 70s on 7. Our conversation turned to Cincinnati and the radio industry we both remembered a few years ago … and of course the TurkeyDropCincinnatihit 70s TV show about radio and my city …  WKRP in Cincinnati. (starting to feel old!)

So for this Music Monday, how about a great shared Google Spreadsheet of all the music played on the show (with links where possible) and with a few extra links.

No doubt the theme song will bring back a few memories, like the ill-fated and fondly remembered turkey drop, if you listen to Steve Carlisle singing WKRP in Cincinnati.

  Steve Carlisle | WKRP in Cincinnati – 1978

Who is Steve Carlisle, who sings this theme?

He’s a singer who was based in Akron, Ohio and worked with Hugh Wilson, who created WKRP. In 1982, he released an album called Steve Carlisle sings WKRP in Cincinnati, which contains 10 songs, including this theme. A full-length version of this song, running 2:51, was released as a single in America in 1981, charting at #65. This version explores more of the DJ’s journey as he leaves his girl behind to make it in Cincinnati. "The price for finding me was losing you," he sings.


WKRP In Cincinnati Lyrics

Baby, if you’ve ever wondered,
Wondered whatever became of me.
I’m living on the air in Cincinnati,
Cincinnati, wkrp.

Got kind of tired
Of packing and unpacking,
Town to town,
Up and down the dial.
Maybe you and me

Were never meant to be.
Just maybe think of me
Once in awhile.
Heading up that highway
Leaving you behind

Hardest thing I ever had to do
Broke my heart in two
But, baby, pay no mind
The price for finding me
Was losing you

Memories help me hide
My lonesome feeling
Far away from you
And feeling low

It’s geting late, my friend
My love, I miss you so
Take good care of you
I’ve gotta go

Baby, if you’ve ever wondered
Wondered whatever became of me
I’m living on the air in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, wkrp

Got kind of tired
Of packing and unpacking
Town to town
Up and down the dial

Maybe you and me
Were never meant to be
Just maybe think of me
Once in awhile

I’m at wkrp in Cincinnati


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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