Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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Good Morning, Peoria - September 9, 1959 

Sam is a radio DJ and has to help bring Rock and Roll to Peoria.



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Episode cast overview:
Rachel Porter
Fred Beaman
Todd Merrill ...
Hal England ...
E.R. Davies ...
Sheriff Jake Foley
Barbara Perry ...
Theora Beaman
J. Frank Stewart ...
Businessman / Councilman
Kurt Andon ...
Man in Suit
Steve Whiteford ...
Douglas Ibold ...
Chick Howell (as Doug Ibold)


Sam leaps into the body of Chick Howell, a rock and roll DJ for radio station WOF. It's 1959 and there is a growing backlash against this new form of music. Station owner and manager Rachel Porter is determined to become the #1 radio station in Peoria but one of her main clients has withdrawn all of his advertising and is urging others to do so. He even gets the town council to pass an ordinance banning rock and roll music from the airwaves. Sam and Rachel barricade themselves in the radio station and vow to fight for what Sam sees as a free speech issue. He also gets to show Chubby Checker the twist! Written by garykmcd

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8 November 1989 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in Peoria, Illinois from September 9 to September 11, 1959. See more »


Mannequins are used as stand ins for people in the street scene visible through the front window of the studio. After a brick is thrown through the window, the mannequins are rearranged as if reacting to the commotion. See more »


Sam: There was a poem in high school I think that I never forgot... Until now. I think it ended with, "And everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned, the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." I guess I just think it's time for the best to show a little passionate intensity.
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Tutti Frutti
Written by Dorothy La Bostrie and Little Richard
Performed by Little Richard (1955)
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50s radio romp, includes Chubby Checker
29 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A fun radio romp in the late 50s involving a town effort to shut down the mythical Peoria rock & roll station.

Full of period music and vintage radio equipment. Includes a guest appearance by Twist originator Chubby Checker.

Pat Richardson (well known from Home Improvement) convincingly plays a young station manager who has inherited station WOF from her dad and wants to do the right thing on behalf of rock & roll and the youth of Peoria. She becomes caught in a tug-of-war with the town elders and advertisers who want nothing to do with the newfangled 'rock and roll' music and try to shut down the station.

Includes a short romantic interlude with Quantum Leap lead Scott Bakula.

Trivia: In real life, there is no WOF-AM.

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