WKRP Turkey Drop 1978 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt

WKRP Turkey Drop 1978 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt

$26.95

In the late seventies, there was a sitcom called WKRP in Cincinnati which centered on a struggling radio station (WKRP) and the unique characters who work there trying to keep it afloat after switching formats from easy listening to rock and roll. In the “Turkeys Away” episode, which premiered on October 30, 1978, WKRP’s station manager believed that he had come up with what was “the greatest promotional idea of all time” for Thanksgiving. This promotion involved hiring a helicopter to drop live turkey’s at a local mall, but apparently, nobody involved was aware that turkeys are flightless birds, something we all picked up on from WKRP’s newsman in his live remote coverage:

“Something just came out of the back of the helicopter. It’s a dark object. Perhaps a skydiver. A second. A third… No parachute yet. Oh my God! They’re turkeys!” They’re crashing to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! This is terrible! Oh, the humanity! The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! The crowd is running for their lives!”

Needless to say, the promotion was a bust, but it did garner the station some attention, albeit not the kind that they had wanted. While WKRP wasn’t a routinely stellar show by any means, the cast clicked well and it definitely had its moments, the “Turkeys Away” episode being one of them as more than four decades later it’s still has a place in the collective pop-culture memory of Americans of all ages.
Clear

Buy More & Save More!

  • Every item in your cart increases the discount!

Guaranteed Safe Checkout

Description


In the late seventies, there was a sitcom called WKRP in Cincinnati which centered on a struggling radio station (WKRP) and the unique characters who work there trying to keep it afloat after switching formats from easy listening to rock and roll. In the “Turkeys Away” episode, which premiered on October 30, 1978, WKRP’s station manager believed that he had come up with what was “the greatest promotional idea of all time” for Thanksgiving. This promotion involved hiring a helicopter to drop live turkey’s at a local mall, but apparently, nobody involved was aware that turkeys are flightless birds, something we all picked up on from WKRP’s newsman in his live remote coverage:

“Something just came out of the back of the helicopter. It’s a dark object. Perhaps a skydiver. A second. A third… No parachute yet. Oh my God! They’re turkeys!” They’re crashing to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! This is terrible! Oh, the humanity! The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! The crowd is running for their lives!”

Needless to say, the promotion was a bust, but it did garner the station some attention, albeit not the kind that they had wanted. While WKRP wasn’t a routinely stellar show by any means, the cast clicked well and it definitely had its moments, the “Turkeys Away” episode being one of them as more than four decades later it’s still has a place in the collective pop-culture memory of Americans of all ages.

Details


Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
  • 30 single
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Runs true to size

Sizing


Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.

SMLXL2XL3XL
Width182022.0124.0225.9928
Length2829.023031.0332.0133
Sleeves8.99.189.459.731010.4

All sizes are provided in inches!


*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.

Additional information

WeightN/A