From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hugh Wilson (August 21, 1943 - January 14, 2018) is an American director, writer and actor. He is best known as the creator and executive producer of the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati and Frank's Place. Hugh is a distinguished alumnus from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is currently a guest professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. The character of Bailey Quarters on WKRP was based on Wilson's wife. Description above from the Wikipedia article Hugh Wilson (director), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.