Friday, November 22, 2013

Podcast Talks With KLIF Reporter Covering JFK Assassination

The Radio Stuff podcast commemorates the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination by looking how radio reacted to the events on that historic weekend in 1963.‘

Did you know?
  • A radio station PD came face to face with Lee Harvey Oswald moments after the shooting and asked him where to find a phone.
  • Jack Ruby was a radio groupie and answering phones in the KLIF newsroom just hours after the assassination.
  • The news of JFK’s assassination was delivered on WGBH radio in Boston during a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert.
All of those stories are told in episode 27 of the Radio Stuff podcast.

The first segment of the Radio Stuff podcast is highlighted by hosts Deb Slater & Larry Gifford interviewing Gary DeLaune, a reporter and anchor at KLIF in Dallas on November 22, 1963 and the first person to broadcast news of shots fired at the Presidential motorcade. He was also one of the men standing near Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot by Jack Ruby.

“I was stunned I guess. I was just getting over reporting about President Kennedy and then – no one knew who it was at the time – this figure just came out of my periphery vision.”

His account of that weekend is as if it happened yesterday. It's chilling. And was life altering.

“Covering that story and reporting it from start to finish, it provided me the self-confidence as a news professional that I would have never have had if it hadn’t been for that event.”

The entire interview is available on the Radio Stuff podcast, episode 27 - and it is also available on iTunes, TuneIn and Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@theradiostuff). Radio Stuff is a weekly podcast about radio for radio. Larry Gifford ( and Deb Slater ( host an insider’s listen to what’s happening on the radio

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