The Activities of Dallas TV and Radio People on the Weekend of the Assassination

UPDATES

September 3, 2019

KXOL: Photos of staff members Bruce Neal, Russ Bloxom and Roy Eaton. Photos of the building where KXOL was located.  


KBOX (Radio)


WHO WAS WHERE?

 

SAM PATE

At Trade Mart during the shooting. He then went to Dealey Plaza.
He was at the Midnight Press Conference with colleague Jerry Kunkel.

Pate, Sam


Pate at the Midnight Press Conference:

Pate, Sam -Oswald Press Conference


JERRY KUNKEL

Kunkel went to Parkland and then to the Police Department. He attended the Midnight Press Conference with a tape recorder. There, he met Sam Pate. Kunkel was present  at the transfer of Oswald. He says that KBOX aired the shooting of Oswald live.

Kunkel, Jerry-KBOX


RON JENKINS

Was at Love Field. Then along the motorcade route in a mobile unit. Went to Parkland Hospital.


Jenkins, Ron-KBOX


INFORMATION ON THE STATION

Founded in 1952
Executive VP and Manager Director: John F. Box
General Manager: Dan Hydrick
Program Director: Hal Raymond
Program Manager: Irene Runnels
News Director: Dick Moore
Chief Engineering: Robert Swortwood

Source: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/index.htm
%20Yearbook%201963.pdf


Below: Unknown KBOX employee at the Midnight Press Conference.

KBOX employee


KBOX car 1965


KBOX car, from John Woods


Jenkins Was at Love Field Airport when JFK’s plane landed. Jenkins says he was in another mobile unit waiting for the motorcade to go through Dealey Plaza when a police buddy in front of him pulled back and yelled at him through the window. “They got a problem up there somewhere” Jenkins said the police officer told him.  “Shots had been fired. I said ‘What do you mean?’ [The officer] said someone had fired  shots at the motorcade.”


Among his stories, Jenkins described how Kennedy was declared dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He received confirmation from two priests exiting the hospital

Source: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2013/11/22/rowlett-resident-covered-kennedy-


Jerry Kunkel was a 24-year-old disc jockey at a Dallas radio station when it happened. He was sent to Parkland Hospital.

Source: https://www.news9.com/story/23985604/story?s=23985604


Another piece of news about Kunkel: “Jackie was with the body the whole time,” Kunkel said.

Kunkel’s news director told him to take the station’s mobile unit to the Dallas Police. Department. Later, his station learned about the Dallas police bringing Oswald into the press room for a news conference. Kunkel took the best tape recorder and went to the assembly room. While at the police department, he and another reporter, Sam Pate, talked to nightclub operator Jack Ruby.

Source: https://www.enidnews.com/news/local_news/on-the-scene-of-kennedy-s-assassination/article_961bb7ac-64b2-51fb-8e0a-4ac74b04df94.html


LIVE BROADCAST


KSKY (Radio)


WHO WAS WHERE?

 

GEORGE R. RUSSEL

In Studio. See his reporting the shooting below. 

Russell, George R.


INFORMATION ON THE STATION

Founded in 1941.
Stoneleigh Hotel, Dallas.
Original owner: Sky Broadcasting.
Manager Partner: A.L. Clinton.
General and Commercial Manager: R.G. Terrill
Program and News Director: F. Andrew Bell
Chief Engineering: Morris M. Ming

Source: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/index.htm
%20Yearbook%201963.pdf


LIVE BROADCAST


WRR


WHO WAS WHERE?

 

ROBERT EDWARD JETT JR.

Near Dealey Plaza in a radio station car and heard the shooting. He then reported live from the studio during that weekend.


INFORMATION ON THE STATION

Founded in 1920.
Located in Fair Park Station
Original owner: City of Dallas
Manager Director: Durward J. Tucker

News Director: Charles Duncan

SLS coordinator: Charles Frauman

Radio Engineer Supervisor: Charles Bowles
Program Director: Jim Lowe (See photo below)

Lowe, Jim-WRR

Source: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/index.htm
%20Yearbook%201963.pdf


Robert Edward Jett Jr.: A reporter for WRR Radio, Jett was near Dealey Plaza in a radio station car and heard the shooting. He then reported live from the studio during that weekend.

Source: https://www.jfk.org/the-collections/oral-history/oral-history-topics/


WRR car


WRR location 2


WRR Location


KXIL (Radio)


WHO WAS WHERE?

 

PAUL POTTER

In studio

Potter, Paul-KXIL-2013


INFORMATION ON THE STATION

Founded in June 1947
1401 S. Akard
Original owner: Variety Broadcasting Co
President and General Manager: Lee Segall
Assistant Manager: Don Robinson
Program Director: Harold Smith
News Director: Clate Holm
Chief Engineering: Bob E. Tripp
Commercial Manager: John Butler

Source: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/index.htm
%20Yearbook%201963.pdf


On Nov. 22, 1963, Dr. Paul Potter was an eager disc jockey running the KXIL Radio control board in Dallas. His shift ended at 6 a.m. – just a few hours before Kennedy was shot and killed.

Friday marked 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. A Hardin-Simmons University communications professor said reporting on Kennedy’s presidency leading up to the assassination made such an impact on his life, that he changed career paths.

Source: https://ktxs.com/news/abilene/hardin-simmons-university-professor-reflects-on-how-jfks-assassination-changed-his-life-


KXOL


WHO WAS WHERE?

BRUCE NEAL

He was the Mobile Unit in the motorcade during the shooting. Went to Parkland Hospital and reported later on at the Dallas Police Headquarters with Russ Bloxom. Thanks to Linda Zambanini for identifying Bruce Neal.

KXOL-Neal, Bruce 5Neal, Bruce-KXOL 3


Neal, Bruce-KXOL 4, maybe

On the left with glasses taking notes at Parkland


RUSS BLOXOM

“He was on duty in Dallas to cover JFK’s landing at Love Field, and perhaps stayed around for a few minutes of the limo procession. He headed back to Fort Worth to file his story, and moments after getting there, the alarm on the wire machine goes off with the first report of a shooting in Dallas.”

He also reported from the Dallas Police Headquarters with Bruce Neal.

Source: https://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?571598-KLIF-JFK-ASSASINATION-AIRCHECK-ROLLING-ON-www-1650oldiesradio-com

KXOL-Bloxom, Russ

KXOL-Bloxom, Russ-Neal, Bruce from behind

Bloxom. From behind is Bruce Neal.


ROY EATON

Participated to the reports.

KXOL-Eaton, Roy


CHARLES WALLACE

Reported from the news room.


INFORMATION ON THE STATION

Founded: April 1947
3004 W. Lancaster
President: Wendell Mayes Sr.
VP: Earle Fletcher
Sales Manager: Dale Drake
Program Director: Bob Bruton
News Director: Roy Eaton
Chief Engineer: John R. Crouse

Source: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1963/B%20Radio%20Broadcasting%20Yearbook%201963.pdf
%20Yearbook%201963.pdf

KXOL 2


KXOL 3


KXOL 2KXOL


LIVE BROADCAST


KVIL (Radio)


WHO WAS WHERE?

 

JOHN C. COYLE

Gave news accounts during the JFK assassination

Source: http://www.dfwretroplex.com/fmlist.html


INFORMATION ON THE STATION

Founded in 1960
V.P.: John C. Coyle
General Manager: Jack R. Howard
Commercial Manager: Jay Larsen
Program Director: Dillard Carrera
Chief engineer: Gordon L. Vaughn Jr.
4152 Mockingbird Lane
Original owner: University Advertising Co.

Source: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1963/B%20Radio%20Broadcasting
%20Yearbook%201963.pdf


KLIF (Radio)


WHO WAS WHERE?

 

JOE LONG

At Love Field when JFK’s plane landed. Was at Dealey Plaza after the shooting. Had his two-way radio to report the scene. Then went back to the studios for more reporting.

Long, Joe in center-KLIF

Left: Roy Nichols. Center: Joe Long.


GARY DELAUNE

In studio at 12:30 PM. He was then sent to the Police Department. Later that Sunday morning, Delaune was in Police Headquarters watching the transfer of Oswald from the City to County Jail. He recorded the shooting of Oswald, but was not live.

DeLaune, Gary-KLIF-In the middle-Stripped shirt

Gary DeLaune next to the camera looking above his left shoulder.


DeLaune, Gary-KLIF

Gary DeLaune in studio.


GORDON MCLENDON

Was at Trade Mart when he learned of the shooting. Went back to the studios.

McLendon, Gordon-KLIF


ROY NICHOLS

Was sent to Parkland Hospital

Nichols, Roy-KLIF

Left: Nichols. Center: Joe Long.


INFORMATION ON THE STATION

Founded in 1947

Owner: The McLendon Corporation (Gordon McLendon)

President: Gordon B. McLendon

VP and General Manager: W.S. Morgan Jr.

News Director: Joe Long.

Chief Engineering: Glenn Collins.

Source: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1963/B%20Radio%20Broadcasting
%20Yearbook%201963.pdf


KLIF News Director Joe Long was given the duty of “pool reporter” that day for the arrival of Air Force One at Love Field in Dallas. His reports were heard live on KLIF and other stations in Dallas Fort Worth as part of pool coverage.

Gary DeLaune did the 12 Noon newscast on the hour describing the President’s arrival at Love Field.

The Rex Jones show began at 12:05 after the news. Between 12:05 and 12:40 Rex did a normal show.

This information is included on file at the “National Archives” as part of their collection on the JFK Assassination. It includes hundreds of hours of audio tape recorded from Dallas radio stations covering the event, including the entire weekends un-edited aircheck of KLIF.

An album exists that was released by KLIF and Capitol records Special Projects in 1964 which includes an edited aircheck of KLIF coverage from that weekend. The album is called “The Fateful Hours” as is narrated by KLIF’s Don Keyes. The material at the National Archives is the actual un-edited broadcast of KLIF.

KLIF was a United Press International wire service affiliate. UPI reporter Merriman Smith was dictating reports from a mobile telephone in the press car just a few car lengths behind the Presidential limousine.

In the initial moments of coverage, KLIF relied upon UPI’s teletype reports in addition to KLIF reporters racing to key locations at the shooting site at Elm and Houston in downtown, Parkland Hospital, and the Police Department.

News Director Joe Long was in his KLIF Mobile Unit and stopped with many of the press from the motorcade at Elm and Houston Streets in Downtown Dallas, the site of the assassination. Via his two-way radio, he went on the air describing the scene there, then proceeded to the KLIF studios to continue reporting.

Gordon McLendon remembers being at the Trade Mart in Dallas awaiting the President and the speech he was about to give. McLendon rushed into the KLIF studios and immediately went on the air anchoring the KLIF coverage with News Director Joe Long. DeLaune was sent to the Police Department since that was his normal beat and he would have connections there. Another KLIF newsman, Roy Nichols was sent to Parkland Hospital. He did finally get through and was able to confirm that the President was mortally wounded.

KLIF stayed with the story from 12:32 p.m. (two minutes after the shooting) until well into the next day.

Later that Sunday morning, Delaune was in Police Headquarters watching the transfer of Oswald from the City to County Jail. The transfer was to take place at 4:30 a.m. KLIF News Director Joe Long had told newsman Gary DeLaune not to worry about it and go home and get some rest. DeLaune went home, but decided at the last minute to go anyway and bring a recorder. He arrived and positioned himself in the crowd of Press awaiting the transfer.

Some from the KLIF staff were subsequently called to testify before the Warren Commission when their investigation began. In the report, one can find testimony of Dan Patrick (Danny Patrick McCurdy), Russ Knight (Russel Lee Moore), and Ken Dowe.

Source: http://www.klifhistory.com/history-of-klif-part-2/


LIVE BROADCAST


KLRD (TV and Radio)


WHO WAS WHERE?

 

JIM UNDERWOOD

Filmed along the way from Love Field Airport and then in Dealey Plaza filming people running to the top of the grassy knoll. Shared camera in Dealey Plaza with Pieringer and Sanderson. 

Z-JFK Conspiracy 265-Underwood in Cooper film


Z-Underwood after Oswald being brought


Underwood film 3


GEORGE SANDERSON

Shared camera in Dealey Plaza with Pieringer and Underwood. 

Z-Sanderson 2

Left: Sheriff Decker


STEVE PIERINGER

Went to Delay Plaza after the shots and went to Oak Cliff after the news came out that a police officer had been shot there. Shared camera in Dealey Plaza with Sanderson and Underwood. 

Z-Pieringer in Willis


Pieringer filmed along the way to Oak Cliff.


DAN RATHER

Location during the shooting is unclear. It is possible he was at KRLD.

Rather, Dan.jpg


 

Report from Dan Rather


NELSON BENTON

Dallas Police offices


EDDIE BARKER

Was at Trade Mart

Barker, Eddie 2

Left: Barker. Right: Dan Rather.


Barker’s report from Trade Mart.


BOB HUFFAKER

On Main Street reporting on the motorcade. Also went to Parkland Hospital. He reported from a few feet from Lee Oswald when he got shot by Jack Ruby.

Huffaker, Bob


Report of Huffaker on the shooting of Oswald by Jack Ruby.


BILL MERCER

Mercer, Bill


Mercer, Bill 2


Mercer interviews Gerald Hill of the Dallas Police.


News report on Bill Mercer and George Phenix


GEORGE PHENIX

Was at Love Field Airport. Was at the Dallas Police office. Filmed the shooting of Oswald by Jack Ruby.

Phenix, George 2


Phenix, George


Neal, Bruce-KXOL 4, maybe

On the left with glasses taking notes at Parkland


News report on Phenix and Bill Mercer


WES WISE

Was at Trade Mart.

Wise, Wes


JOE SCOTT

Reported for KLRD-Radio from in the front of the Texas School Book Depository and took some film there.

Joe Scott in AlyeaScott, Joe


TOM CRAVEN (CBS)

Filmed from Love Field Airport through Dealey Plaza. The footage he took in Dealey Plaza was allegedly permanently damaged during its process at KRLD due to water damage. His Parkland footage was aired on that day.

Z-Craven in Stoughton


The film from 1:38 at Parkland is by Craven.


INFORMATION ON THE STATION

Founded: 1926
Location: Herald Square
President: Clyde W. Rembert
General and Commercial Manager: W.A. Roberts
Program Director: Ted Parrino
Productor Manager: Dan McGraw
News Director: Eddie Barker
Chief Engineering: B.B. Honeycutt

Source: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1963/B%20Radio%20Broadcasting
%20Yearbook%201963.pdf

KRLD car in Cooper film 1


KRLD car in Cooper film 2


KRLD car in DCA film


KRLD cars


LIVE BROADCAST (RADIO)


WFAA (TV and Radio)


WHO WAS WHERE?

 

TOM ALYEA

Z-Alyea filming Marina Oswald

Filming Marina Oswald


Alyea took a lot of film on the 6th floor of the Texas School Depository during the search for evidence.


A.J. L’HOSTE

L’Hoste was taking film of the motorcade on Main Street. See below the exact location. He then moved on to Dealey Plaza where he took a lot of film.

Z-L'Hoste autograph


Most, if not all of the film below from 17:17 to 19:45 is from Hoste.


Where L’Hoste was located when the Limousine went by. L’Hoste originally positioned in front of the Texas School Book Depository, but changed his mind.

LHoste location


MALCOM COUCH

Parkland-Couch in the photo 2

Couch at Parkland on the right with his camera


Couch’s film of the motorcade including Dealey Plaza.


BOB WALKER

Love Field Airport. Joined Jay Watson for the live broadcast.

Walker, Bob


BERT SHIPP

Went to Parkland and joined Jay Watson for the WFAA live broadcast.

Shipp, Bert


BOB CLARK (FROM ABC)

Participated to the WFAA broacast.

Lord, Bill of WFAA


BILL LORD

Lord, Bill of WFAA


TRAVIS LINN

Was at Trade Mart. Dealey Plaza. Parkland.

Lynn, Travis 2


CHARLES BUCK

Dallas Police offices. Filmed the arrival of Oswald under arrest.

Buck, Charles-WFAA 1


Oswald arrival-Buck, Charles-WFAA-From KLRD


VICK ROBERTSON

Was reporting from the motorcade. Rushed to Oak Cliff after hearing about the shooting of a police officer.

Robertson, Vick-Tippit murder scene and DPD officesRobertson, Vic-WFAA 1


PAUL GOOD

Good, Paul-ABC


ROGER SHARP (ABC)

Was at Parkland and the Dallas Police Headquarters.

Sharpe


Report of Roger Sharp.


PIERCE ALLMAN

Was on the corner of Elm and Houston during the shooting. He rushed to the grassy knoll.

Allman, Pierce


RON REILAND

He took film of Oswald under arrest inside the Texas Theater.

Reiland


Reiland’s film in Oak Cliff. 


JERRY HAYNES

Was with Jay Watson on the Houston and Main area. Walked to the grassy knoll and joined Jay Watson for the WFAA live broadcast.

Watson and Haynes


JAY WATSON

Was with Jerry Haynes on the Houston and Main area. Walked to the grassy knoll and brought some the Newmans with him.  He was joined by Jerry Haynes for the WFAA live broadcast.

Watson and Haynes


WALTER EVANS

Went to the Texas School Book Depository

Evans, Walter-1973


INFORMATION ON THE STATION

Founded: 1922
Location: Young and Record St.
Chairman of Board: E.M. (Ted) Dealey
General Manager: Mike Shapiro
Station Manager: George Utley
Commercial Manager: Norman H. Stewart
Program Director: Pierce M. Allman
Program Manager: Casey Cohlmia
News Director: Walter Evans
Chief Engineering: Jim W. Cooper

Source: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1963/B%20Radio%20Broadcasting
%20Yearbook%201963.pdf


WFAA car


WBAP (TV)

WHO WAS WHERE?


DAN OWENS

Was taking film on the corner of Hardwood and Main. He then went to Dealey Plaza.

Z-Allen-Dan Owens in it-POTP 2

On the left with his camera.


Some of his film


CHARLES MURPHY

Shared the role of host with Tom Whelan.

Murphy, Charles

TV report on Murphy


TOM WHELAN

Shared the role of host with Charles Murphy.

Whelan, Tom


JAMES DARNELL

Filmed the motorcade from Love Field Airport through Dealey Plaza.

Z-Darnell


Z-JFK Conspiracy 78-Darnell on left

Darnell on the left with his camera in the Couch/WFAA film.


Portion of the film he took in Dealey Plaza. It’s probably not in the perfect chronological order.


BOB WELCH

Took film and the only known audio of Malcom Kilduff’s announcement at Parkland Hospital of JFK’s death.

Parkland Press Conference 2-Microphone


Welsh at police station


Welsh


This is his film of Kilduff’s announcement. He ran out of film and then left the hospital to cover other areas of Dallas.


JIM KERR

Kerr, Jimmy of WBAP with press badge-Nov 25-DHT 2


DAVE WIEGMAN (NBC)

Filmed the motorcade from Love Field Airport through Dealey Plaza. He then went to Parkland.

Z-Wiegman


Wiegman film taken in Dealey Plaza


INFORMATION ON THE STATION

Founded: 1922
Original Owner: Carter Publications Inc.
President: Amon Carter Jr.
VP and Director: Harold V. Hough
Station Manager: Roy Bacus
Director of Radio Sls and Programming: Herman Clark
Progamming Director: Phillip W. Wygant
News Director: James A. Byron
Farm Director: Bob Etheredge
Chief Engineering: Rupert Bogan

Source: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1963/B%20Radio%20Broadcasting%20Yearbook%201963.pdf


My main website

http://www.jfkassassinationfiles.com


My other blogs

Witnesses and Suspects in Dealey Plaza


Denver Post. November 22, 23, 24 and 25 Editions


Cameramen and Photographers Along the Motorcade Route


The Missing Craven Film Taken in Dealey Plaza


The Parkland Hospital Transcripts


DCA Film


Map of Photographers and Cameramen in Dealey Plaza During the Shooting


Locating Media People (Other than Photographers and Cameramen) in Dealey Plaza


Locating Professional Cameramen and Photographers in Dealey Plaza


Locating Amateur Cameramen and Photographers in Dealey Plaza


Is Beverly Oliver the Babushka Lady Taking Pictures of the JFK Assassination?


Bad Luck with Cameras in Dealey Plaza and Photographers not Taking Pictures at the Right Time


Where are the Original of these Films Taken in Dealey Plaza?


Lost, Missing, Over-Exposed, Unavailable Photos and Films and Dubious Claims


Unidentified Photographers and Cameramen in Dealey Plaza


The Mary Moorman Photos


6th Floor: Photos and films taken inside


The Oswald Films: An Outline


Roger Craig, Deputy Sheriff


Known Amateur Cameramen and Photographers in Dealey Plaza


DOCUMENTARIES: WHAT YOU SEE IN THEM

htps://jfkassassinationdocumentaries.wordpress.com/


INVESTIGATORS IDENTIFICATION PROJECT: TRYING TO IDENTIFY OFFICIALS IN PHOTOS AND FILMS

https://jfkinvestigators.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/jfk-investigators-identification-project/


A CHRONOLOGY OF THE INVESTIGATORS’ ACTIVITIES IN DEALEY PLAZA

https://jfkinvestigators.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/chronology-of-police-activies-on-the-week-end-of-the-assassination/


My YouTube Channel

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