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Published on Sep 9, 2007
This was the first bulletin on the shooting of U.S. President John F. Kennedy aired by a nationwide broadcast network in the United States. It's presented here, unedited, just as it aired originally.
This report was broadcast out of the New York headquarters of the ABC Radio Network on Friday, November 22, 1963 at 1:36:50 PM EST, approximately 6 1/2 minutes following the Kennedy shooting in Dallas, Texas.
This ABC Radio News flash was not only the first nationwide radio network bulletin concerning the JFK assassination but was aired before any of the television network bulletins on the assassination were broadcast that day. In this first ABC Radio bulletin, anchorman Don Gardiner is reading the very first wire bulletin on the shooting, which had been dictated by phone to United Press International from UPI correspondent Merriman Smith while Smith was in a press follow-up car in the Kennedy motorcade.
The ABC Radio Network was providing its affiliated stations a program of popular music and had just begun feeding Doris Day's song, "Hooray For Hollywood", when the radio network's news division interrupted with this first bulletin.