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owner and manager Rachel Porter is determined to become the #1 radio station in Peoria but one of her main clients has withdrawn all of his advertising and is urging others to do so.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
Did You Know?
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
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.'
References April Love
Great Balls of Fire
Written by Otis Blackwell
and Jack Hammer
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
(1957) See more