Aircheck: ABC Radio, 11/22/1963

Tomorrow will mark the 55th anniversary of an event that changed the nation forever – the JFK assassination. Five years ago, I had the “as it happened” coverage of Dallas radio station KLIF – this time, we look at ABC Radio’s coverage.

ABC wasn’t much of a television operation back then – but their radio coverage of the bulletins and events as they began to circulate was top notch. They had the bulletin before anyone else did at 1:36:50pm ET and then had the first report admitting that Secret Service agent Clint Hill had been quoted to say JFK was dead. That occurs at the 8:39 mark in the clip – at about 1:43pm ET that afternoon. Other news outlets were a bit more cautious, holding off on such a declaration until between 2:20 to 2:40 that afternoon.

Don Gardiner (the first voice overheard with the initial bulletin that interrupts Doris Day’s “Hooray For Hollywood”) and Nick George anchor the initial coverage.

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