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Couldn't let the 49th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination pass without at least a MENTION

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...and another story about someone who was there when history was being made 49 years ago Thanksgiving Day.

Gary DeLaune was a radio news reporter at KLIF in Dallas--a legendary Top 40 station but one that also packed a pretty potent newsroom.   That was the deal with a lot of hit stations back then--Milwaukee's WOKY had a kick-ass team and had a newscast every hour, as did Chicago's WLS and WCFL.   The Supremes, The Stones and today's top headlines went hand-in glove.

I think you can see where this is going.

DeLaune was in the KLIF newsroom when word first broke of shots being fired at President Kennedy's car during a Dallas motorcade.   He'd be covering the events of the next few days almost non-stop.

DeLaune is 79 now, alive and well and telling his story (there's a video link in the story, too).   There aren't many folks still alive from those tumultuous times, and when they speak it's gold.

And, if you'd like to hear DeLaune's work as it happened that afternoon on the Mighty 1190, here goes.  The first bulletin comes about 90 seconds in.   The hits keep coming as DeLaune and the rest of the newsroom are trying to figure out what in hell was going on just blocks from their station.   The music, commercials and jingles are nirvana radio geeks like me (there's a Hamms beer spot that runs after the second bulletin that I swear is being read by legendary Packers/CBS-TV announcer Ray Scott). 

The rest is in the history books.

And, DeLaune was in the basement of Dallas City Hall two days after the assassination where he'd witness the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald as he was being transferred from police custody to the county sheriff's department.   DeLaune ran back to the station to give a breathless, dramatic take on what he'd just witnessed.   You can hear that part about 12 minutes into the video below.

 

 

One could say DeLaune had quite a weekend.  He certainly has an incredible story to tell, and it's great that he's still around to deliver it in person.

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