This was Television on May 4

1999: NewsRadio concludes

Never a ratings hit, the NBC sitcom developed a cult following during its five-season, 97-episode run. The series followed the wacky staff of WNYX, a fictional New York City AM radio station. The ensemble cast included Dave Foley, Maura Tierney, Stephen Root, and Phil Hartman, whose tragic death after the show’s fourth season reverberated throughout the fifth. The series finale, “New Hampshire,” saw station owner Jimmy James (root) selling WNYX and relocating the team to a small Granite State town, which would have been the new setting had a sixth season been ordered. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Will Arnett, illusionist (43); Ana Gasteyer, SNLer (46); Paul Gleason, character actor (d. 2006); Richard Jenkins, patriarch (66); Ashley Rickards, awkward teen (21); Russi Taylor, voice actress (69).

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