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.


Michael Zinberg


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Chris Ruppenthal




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Patricia Richardson ... Rachel Porter
Richard McKenzie ... Fred Beaman
Todd Merrill Todd Merrill ... Brian
Chubby Checker ... Himself
Steve Bean Steve Bean ... Leland
Hal England Hal England ... Mayor
E.R. Davies E.R. Davies ... Sheriff Jake Foley
Barbara Perry ... Theora Beaman
J. Frank Stewart J. Frank Stewart ... Businessman / Councilman
Kurt Andon ... Man in Suit
Steve Whiteford Steve Whiteford ... Reporter
Douglas Ibold 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owner and manager Rachel Porter is determined to become the #1 radio station in Peoria but one of her main clients has withdrawn all of his advertising and is urging others to do so.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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Release Date:

8 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Chubby Checker was 47 years old when this episode was made, he played himself as a 17-year-old boy. See more »


Sam Beckett gives Chubby Checker the idea for the Twist in 1959, but a few moments before, during a street scene, one of the girls is dancing the Twist to the Radio WOF record. 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 Vertigo (1958) See more »


The Twist
Written by Hank Ballard
Performed by Chubby Checker (1960)
Performed by Dean Stockwell
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50s radio romp, includes Chubby Checker
29 December 2006 | by martin-imdb-1See 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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