Quantum Leap: Season 2, Episode 6

Good Morning, Peoria - September 9, 1959 (8 Nov. 1989)

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



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Episode cast overview:
Rachel Porter
Richard McKenzie ...
Fred Beaman
Todd Merrill ...
Chubby Checker ...
Steve Bean ...
Hal England ...
E.R. Davies ...
Sheriff Jake Foley
Barbara Perry ...
Theora Beaman
J. Frank Stewart ...
Businessman / Councilman
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owner and manager Rachel Porter is determined to become the #1 radio station in Peoria but one of her main clients has withdrawn all of his advertising and is urging others to do so.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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The poem that Sam cites, though cannot clearly remember is 'The Second Coming' by William Butler Yeats. What he believes to be the last line of the poem, "and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." is actually the end of only the first stanza. See more »


Sam meets Chubby Checker in the radio station lobby and soon after plays his demo record of "The Twist". However, the song was released in the summer of 1960 and reached #1 in September. This episode takes place in September of 1959. See more »


[making up a radio news piece]
Sam: Flash! President Eisenhower in a surprise move resigned from office this morning in order to join a Buddhist monastery. Said Ike 'I just like being around guys with less hair than me.'
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References April Love (1957) See more »


Great Balls of Fire
Written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
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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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