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Note: regarding WKRP on TV and music licensing, Oingo Boingo, Fast Times etc.

As an aside, the reason the most excellent show – WKRP – is played so infrequently in reruns or released in box sets etc. is because of the huge challenges/expenses of licensing the music.

WKRP with “Dr.” Johnny Fever, Venus Flytrap, Bailey Quarters and a poster of Oingo Boingo’s Only a Lad

Even though the songs are only used for a few seconds, it’s not like they like they could edit out Foghat (or Three Dog Night, or Average White Band) when Venus Flytrap or Johnny Fever introduces “… and now here’s Foghat…” Though the various TV re-runs and some boxsets so try to replace music with generic similar tracks (to great failure) 

Though some movies tried to change the soundtrack to skirt licensing fees when released on VHS (notably, Fast Times at Ridgemont High was sued by Danny Elfman for removing the Oingo Boingo song at the end… Mr. Elfman won, the song was reinstated and he cashed out, again).

Momento: with Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo: daveo disguised
with Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo
Backstage with Danny Elfman after Oingo Boingo concert in SLC Fairground auditorium (or something), 1985 with Wall of Voodoo opening. Also enjoyed pleasant conversation with Steve Bartek.
Misters Elfman and Bartek have continued a long collaboration making soundtrack scores and music for film and television (especially collabs with Tim Burton, Peewee Herman and for The Simpsons and many more).
Also note: interesting intellectual property story about use of Oingo Boingo song in Fast Times at Ridgemont High movie will add at some point. 
Note: Will attempt to remember to add a better copy of this photo at some point (scanned in early days at low-resolution)