"Les Nessman" with my infant son James and me (1990)

As we start wrapping up our summer semester in Introduction to Public Relations class, it’s time to end the semester in my traditional way: by watching a classic episode of the classic 1970s TV show “WKRP in Cincinnati” :: “Turkeys Away.”

According to the Internet Movie Database: “[Station manager] Mr. Carlson is beginning to feel useless at the new formatted rock station so he decides to create a big Thanksgiving Day promotion. His idea? Get a helicopter, with a banner attached to it saying “Happy Thanksgiving From WKRP…” Then, based on a botched promotion from a radio station in Arkansas, live turkeys are dropped from a helicopter. Chaos ensues.

Take 20 or so minutes to watch the episode below, keeping in mind what you’ve learned in PRCA 2330 during the semester.

So what can public relations students learn about how NOT to do a promotion from Mr. Carlson’s fiasco? I’ll get the list started:

  1. Communicate with your entire team before launching a promotional campaign (or a turkey).
  2. Do your research! It’s best to learn ahead of time that turkeys don’t fly.
  3. Get permission before doing a stunt.

What would you add to this list? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

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  4. Allie Aronson says:

    I just watched the episode and found the show halarious! I have never heard of it, however, my mom used to love it. Thanks for embedding the video, I really enjoyed it! I will comment on some of the mistakes I thought Mr. Carlson made in my blog @ alliearonson.wordpress.com.

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  6. Kourtni Davis says:

    I really enjoyed this wrapping up exercise. It was funny because I asked my mom if she use to watch this show and she said she use to LOVE it. She also remembered this episode!

  7. Linda Silfies says:

    Everything is completed. Are we scheduled to have a final?

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