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Archive.org: Kennedy Assassination - KLIF-AM - 11/22/63

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History as it happened. In Part One we hear radio station KLIF begin its coverage of president John F. Kennedy's visit to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
The president's plane is greeted at Love Field. Following live coverage of the airport arrival is the Noon News.

Then we join the Rex Jones show on in progress on Part Two. Mid-way through "I Have a Boyfriend" by the Chiffons, we hear the first bulletin of a shooting in President Kennedy's motorcade. Slowly, KLIF's happy-go-lucky sound is replaced with a more somber approach, with wall-t-wall coverage of the shooting eventually replacing the music format. Part Two ends with the flash: The president is dead.

Part Three covers the immediate aftermath of the assassination and the hunt for the suspect. Reaction begins to pour in to Dallas from around the world.

As the assassination took place during the lunch hour on a weekday, most people learned of the event via the radio, not television. This is an astounding recording that illustrates how many citizens of the Dallas / Ft. Worth first heard the news of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
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