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`WKRP’S’ SANDY IS ALIVE ON STAGE

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

- Theme song to "WKRP in Cincinnati"Truer words were never sung for actor Gary Sandy.

Although they were first heard 11 years ago as the theme of a television series that lasted just four years, syndication keeps Gary Sandy's character, WKRP's program director, Andy Travis, alive on the air.

"Sometimes I'll get in from a hard night's work, go back to the hotel ready to pass out, flip on the TV and there I am . . . looking younger," Sandy says.

But Sandy is alive and well, too. He's just living on the stage: "The Pirates of Penzance" on Broadway, "The Music Man" in Chicago, "Bye Bye Birdie" in Kansas City.

Nevertheless, Hollywood folks and the public continue to ask whatever happened to Gary Sandy, he says. All they knew was Andy, from TV, and to them, that's all that matters.

"I go to Hollywood now and they say, `Where you been, I thought you dropped out of the business.' And I'm practically crawling in the door I've been working so hard - I say, `No, I've been (on stage).' They say, `That's nice . . . you got any film of it?"'

Since "WKRP" was canceled into eternal syndication seven years ago, Sandy has done 25 stage plays and several guest shots on television series. And his leisure travels have taken him around the country.

Sandy was born in Dayton, Ohio, on Christmas Day in 1945. He started acting at Wilmington College in Ohio and eventually enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.