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owner and manager Rachel Porter is determined to become the #1 radio station in Peoria but one of her main clients has withdrawn all of his advertising and is urging others to do so.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!
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
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
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.
References Blackboard Jungle
Written by Dorothy La Bostrie
and Little Richard
Performed by Little Richard
(1955) See more