How we Reported the Kennedy Assassination

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On November 22, 1963 WFSB went by the call letters WTIC, and we were a radio and television organization. In the newsroom at Broadcast House, a phone call alerted staff the president had been shot, as the news was printed on a the wire service teletype.

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On the television side, CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite delivered the shocking details from Dallas to Channel 3 viewers, and on the radio side it was local.  For the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination,  on Face the State in November 1963,  we were joined by two journalists who covered the assassination: Dick Ahles, the one time news director of WTIC and WFSB, and Don Noel, a former Face the State moderator and reporter for the Hartford Times and later the Hartford Courant. They shared with us what it was like to work in a newsroom on that day.

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Luckily audio tape of  our radio…

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When To End The Coverage Of Newtown

newtown-ribbonAfter midnight going into the early hours of today I drove the 10 minute drive from Danbury to Newtown.

Actually it’s a trip I make at this time every year, going to some of the smaller towns around Danbury to see the Christmas lights on display.

But I normally don’t go in the wee hours of the morning as I did today.

Going at that time today was for selfish reasons.

I wanted to go to the Sandy Hook part of Newtown to pay my respects and do so without the media around. I’ve more than had my 15 minutes of fame in life, I don’t need anymore particularly when doing something so personal and private. Continue reading