The JFK Assassination Remembered
On November 20, 2004 Keener13.com presented a podcast detailing the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, how radio covered the news and how the brand new WKNR became an all-news station during that staggering moment in American History.
We begin with a rare logger tape from KLIF in Dallas. Keener fan and Kennedy scholar Jim Feliciano connected us with this one-of-a-kind historical record. Rex Jones, Gary DeLaune, Joe Long and Gordon McLendon (yep, that Gordon McLendon – one of the fathers of Top 40 radio) described the rapidly unfolding events. Then we fast-forward one year later to the WKNR documentary about that day, produced by Bob Green and Philip Nye (seen at left interviewing Michigan Governor George Romney) for WKNR News. It is said that television news came of age on that day, 41 years ago. But for many, radio was still a trusted source of timely, if not always accurate information. For those who depended on their radios during Hurricane Sandy, that’s still very much the case.
Listen to the program. 31 Minutes 11.1MB MP3