Dr. Johnny Fever

On-air-persona of disc jockey Johnny Caravella (Howard Hesseman) while he worked the morning shift for the “Top 40” rock and roll radio station WKRP IN CINCINNATI/CBS/1978-82.

Johnny was a burned-out 60s rocker who avoided responsibility, mismanaged money and always had a glazed over look in his eyes. Before coming to WKRP he was fired from a Los Angles radio station for saying the word “Booger” on the air. His first day on the radio in Cincinnati went something like this:

“You’ve got the Doctor, I’m burning up in here. We’re all in critical condition, babies. But you can tell me where it hurts, because I got the healing prescription here from the big WKRP musical medicine cabinet. Now I’m talking about a 50,000 watt intensive care unit, babies. So just sit right down, relax, open you ears real wide and say give it to me straight Doctor, I can take it! ……..Oh yeah, BOOGERS!”

The Johnny Fever character returned for a few episodes as the overnight DJ on the syndicated revival of the series THE NEW WKRP IN CINCINNATI/SYN/1991-93.

Note: The first song played on WKRP when it switched to a rock and roll format was “Queen of the Forest” from Stranglehold performed by Ted Nugent

See also“Venus Flytrap”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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