CBS coverage with Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Howard K. Smith and others provide commentary on this eventful day. We hear the last 14 minutes of President John F. Kennedy's 15 minute inauguration speech. In addition, Nancy Hodgeman interviews Lynda Bird Johnson and Lucy Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and Gov. Averell Harriman. Charles Collingwood reports from the Mayflower Hotel where the inaugural luncheon is covered. There are retrospective original audios heard of Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower being sworn into office plus the oath of office taken today by President John F. Kennedy. Howard K. Smith commentary and analysis follows.
September 21, 1962 - September 10, 1965
Jack's guests are comedian George Gobel, singer Helen O'Connell and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
Attorney General Robert Kennedy reminisces about J.F.K.
He discusses the new President John F. Kennedy Library to open in Boston Massachusetts. Jack Paar shows amusing press conferences with the late President.We also hear JFK's moving speech he gave at the Berlin Wall professing walls are an evil in every regard, an "offense against humanity."
Robert F. Kennedy discusses his plans for the future.
Bobby's first such appearance on television since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
Helen O'Connell sings "Hello, Dolly"(only brief beginning is heard).
The day after this program was broadcast, a Dallas jury found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, and sentenced him to death. The conviction and death sentence were overturned.
Jack Paar elected to pursue a three year NBC series in prime time soon after stepping down as host of THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR (1957-1962). These broadcasts took on the form of a variety / talk show format. Each telecast opened with a Paar monologue. Also shown from time to time were personal home movies shot by Jack on various trips by the Paar family to Africa, Russia, and Europe.Jack's daughter, Randy Paar would often assist her dad narrating these films.
Appearing with Jack were many of his old regulars from the TONIGHT SHOW including Alexander King, Oscar Levant and Jonathan Winters. This 10pm Friday prime time slot attracted many notable guests, including Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater and Ted Kennedy. Also, given exposure were many young and veteran entertainers, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Peggy Lee, and stand-up comedians, among them, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Godfrey Cambridge, Jackie Vernon, Mike Nichols & Elaine May, Burns & Schreiber, and Dick Gregory.
Impact appearances occurred introducing footage of The Beatles, prior to the group appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, and a young Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), singing and spewing poetry with Jack and Liberace.
After three years (one and a half years less than his tenure on THE TONIGHT SHOW), Jack Paar called it quits and would prematurely retire from the business with the exception of producing and starring in a handful of Specials for NBC and accepting one brief return to regular television, for nine months, hosting an ABC late night talk show, JACK PAAR TONITE in 1973).
A film on the career of Lyndon Baines Johnson is shown at the Democratic National convention with commentary from Eric Sevareid. Robert Trout and Roger Mudd anchor this 34th convention. Coverage includes a speech by Washington State Senator Henry Jackson who praises John F. Kennedy. N.Y. State Chairman Bill McQueen is interviewed on the floor by correspondent Mike Wallace. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy is introduced and is given a huge 14 min. ovation during which time there is a commentary from Trout, Mudd and Eric Sevareid in the CBS booth. Robert Kennedy praises his brother in a brief 9 min. speech. Pennsylvania's Senator, Democratic candidate Genevieve Black introduces ambassador to the United Nations, Adlai Stevenson, who speaks for 12 min. "Happy Birthday" is sung by the convention to Lyndon Johnson. Warren Magnuson of Washington State introduces the Vice Presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey, who gives a 24 min. acceptance speech. Harry S. Truman's telegram is read to the convention floor. Hubert Humphrey introduces President Lyndon B. Johnson who gives a 36 min. Acceptance speech. Mike Wallace gets reactions from Lady Bird Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson. There is a final commentary from Robert Trout. There are also additional reports from WCBS and Jim Jensen and from Harry Reasoner.
A film on the career of Lyndon Baines Johnson is shown at the Democratic National convention with commentary from Eric Sevareid. Robert Trout and Roger Mudd anchor this 34th convention. Coverage includes a speech by Washington State Senator Henry Jackson, who praises John F. Kennedy. N.Y. State Chairman Bill McQueen is interviewed on the floor by correspondent Mike Wallace. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy is introduced and is given a huge 14 min. ovation during which time there is a commentary from Trout, Mudd and Eric Sevareid in the CBS booth. Robert Kennedy praises his brother in a brief 9 min. speech. Pennsylvania's Senator, Democratic candidate Genevieve Black introduces ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson, who speaks for 12 min. "Happy Birthday" is sung by the convention to Lyndon Johnson. Warren Magnuson of Washington State introduces the Vice Presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey, who gives a 24 min. acceptance speech. Harry S. Truman's telegram is read to the convention floor. Hubert Humphrey introduces President Lyndon B. Johnson, who gives a 36 min. acceptance speech. Mike Wallace gets reactions from Lady Bird Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson. There is a final commentary from Robert Trout. There are also additional reports from WCBS and Jim Jensen and from Harry Reasoner.
Barry Gray was an American radio personality, often referred to as "the father of talk radio." His late-night New York City radio talk show was carried by WOR radio and then later by WMCA.
Barry Gray returned to WMCA in 1950, and stayed there for 39 years, refining the talk show format still utilized today. During the 1960s, he was in the odd position of having an 11 p.m.-1 a.m. late-night talk show on a station otherwise dominated by Top 40 music and the youth-targeted "Good Guys" disc jockey campaign. But for teenagers who kept their radios on into the night, Gray's show was a window into the high-brow New York culture of the 1940s and 1950s.
Campaigning with Robert F. Kennedy.
Host: Barry Gray.
October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.
Guest host Sammy Davis Jr. welcomes his guests Della Reese, Peter Lawford and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Ed McMahon is co-host. Davis plugs his new book "Yes I Can." The program, joined in progress, includes a Nescafe Coffee commercial. Ed McMahon does a live (on tape) Sun Beam Iron Commercial.
Fourth bombing by US, vs. North Vietnam, test rocket explosion, FBI finds no evidence of wrongdoing in Bobby Baker investigation, Robert Kennedy subcommittee tried to plant stories against Jimmy Hoffa, Roger Mudd reports.
Host: Ned Calmer.
September 19th, 1965- July 26th, 1970 (NBC)
Successor to the "SUNDAY" series. Edited and anchored by veteran NBC newsman Frank McGee.
Report on Senator Robert F. Kennedy's tour of Latin America. The Senator has been visiting peace corps installations in South America. Speech by RFK to students in Lima, Peru.
Critics of Vietnam war will demonstrate in Washington, DC tomorrow, 20,000 expected. Two 14th century manuscripts stolen from Vatican library, Pope Paul VI speaks on birth control. Robert F. Kennedy tours South America, report on job core. An editorial from Eric Sevareid on the job core and today's chronic poverty and hard-core unemployment.
Host: Walter Cronkite
Producer David Susskind returns to a two-hour format for this program featuring interviews with leading public personalities and discussions of controversial issues. The studio audience participates in question and -answer sessions with the guests.
On this Debut broadcast New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy discusses the poverty program, the war in Vietnam, "black power," Communist China's possible admission to the UN and his personal life.
Susskind also interviews folk singer Pete Seeger, who talks about the black-listing he suffered after investigation by the Un-American Activities committee.
A Multisided appraisal of Senator Robert F. Kennedy's role and influence in American politics, his political future, his often controversial public stances, his possible presidential aspirations, and his family life.
Roger Mudd reports.
Senator Robert F. Kennedy announces his candidacy for President of the United States. Heard on WCBS-AM New York City.
David Schumaker interviews Eugene McCarthy in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dan Rather and Eric Sevareid with commentary.
Host: Roger Mudd.
News report of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from WTOP-TV(CBS) Washington D.C. by Julian Barber. There is an NBC News bulletin and special report with further details including news of King's death. An ABC bulletin is heard interrupting regular broadcasting, announcing the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Joined in progress, late reports from Dan Rather on a CBS News Special Report. In a previous speech King is heard, reminding his followers that to put one's life on the line for what is just and righteous is to place oneself in danger, but the risks must be taken.
Another extensive CBS TV NEWS SPECIAL REPORT from Washington DC is telecast preempting regular programming the evening of April 4, 1968.
Walter Cronkite relays the latest news from Memphis, Tennessee where King was pronounced dead one hour after he was shot. Cronkite recounts a brief biographic report on King; his early life, his rise to fame, and the influences he has had promoting non-violent activates. Wires are read from shocked dignitaries. President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks live to the American people requesting all Americans to work together for peace and solidarity. Via video tape, Vice President Hubert Humphrey reflects on this tragedy and gives praise to the work which King has done and to his non-violent philosophy for acquiring freedom and civil rights for all people.
On the following day, April 5, CBS EVENING NEWS with WALTER CRONKIITE.
Dan Rather reports concerning the racial looting which has occurred. Ike Pappas reports from Memphis Tennessee. He states that at 2:06pm Dr. King walked on to his hotel balcony. 200 hundred feet away across the balcony one shot rang out and the assassin disappeared. Steve Rowan from Memphis reports of looting and chaos during the day. Officers in gas masks. Fires everywhere. A number of Negroes taken into custody. National Guard requested and called in near the White House. Incidents of looting in Detroit, Boston, and in the states of Tennessee, Colorado and North Carolina. A national day of mourning is reported by Dan Rather. President Johnson again talks to the American people requesting unity. Additional reports from Memphis come from Ike Pappas who states that King walked to railing at his hotel at 3:06pm. 200 feet away a single shot rang out, and the shooter disappeared. Bill Plante reports from Memphis related to the emotions felt.. Prayers from Dr. Ralph Abernathy are heard. From Atlanta, a report detailing the return of King's body to Georgia. Peter Burns reports on funeral arrangements. From Cleveland, John Hart reports; we hear statements from Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Carl Stokes.
From the HUNTLEY BRINKLEY REPORT(NBC), Chet Huntley and David Brinkley inform on the latest development regarding looting and violence in many states including Detroit, Greensboro, and Chicago. Federal troops ordered into the streets. All schools closed. Four deaths reported. Hundreds arrested in Detroit. Guard troops deployed in Nashville, Tennessee and in Chicago.
On CBS EVENING NEWS, Eric Sevareid comments on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.
He states, "never before has this nation gone into a proclaimed mourning, its flag everywhere at half staffed over the death of a private citizen. And this man was a descendent of slaves."
Walter Cronkite concludes with his signature sign off,
"And that's the way it is, April 5th, 1968. This is Walter Cronkinte. Good Night."
Merv Griffin's guests are entertainer Orson Bean and Ted Sorensen former Presidential advisor of the late John F. Kennedy and a current major campaign adviser of Senator Robert F. Kennedy currently running for office of President of The United States.
Sorensen touches on many topics, including,
- Robert Kennedy's strength running for the Presidency is with the people. However, unfortunately, it's the politicians who dominate a convention.
- Comparisons of the 1960 Presidential campaign and the present 1968 campaign.
- Religious issues still a factor?
- RFK college campus campaigning to get large crowds and insure the importance of young people to join the party to work on the campaign as volunteers.
- The competition between Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Eugene Mccarthy.
- Senator Kennedy's ruthless reputation as a politician.
- Myths about the Kennedy family.
- Reasons why RFK did not run in the New Hampshire primary.
Orson Beans joins in the conversation by stating that the country has changed, and that dangerous anarchy has been recently demonstrated by riots at Columbia University which if continues unchecked can lead to a Fascist America. Bean objects to Senator Kennedy's stand on his permissiveness views allowing such protests to continue.
There is a question and answer period where questions by audience members are asked of Ted Sorensen who replies to the following issues, which include,
The current stand by Senator Kennedy on the USS Pueblo...Viet Nam de-escalation (15,000 American troops in Vietnam when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and now there are 550,000 troops there)...Sorensin's opinion on how the Vietnam war has changed...would President Lyndon B. Johnson endorse Kennedy if he were the candidate running for President?...the advantages of the Kennedy name, and its mystique...why RFK is running in 1968 when originally he had indicated that he would run for the president in 1972...would Senator Kennedy accept a role as Vice President...
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NOTE: This broadcast was aired just 19 days before Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Live coverage of Senator Robert F. Kennedy's victory in the California Democratic Primary. Minutes after his victory speech, Senator Kennedy would be assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.
NOTE: NBC STOPPED RECORDING TAPE (2" QUAD) AFTER SENATOR ROBERT F. KENNEDY CONCLUDED HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH AT THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL IN LOS ANGELES. NBC TV CONTINUED TO BROADCAST WITH ANCHORS FRANK MC GEE, DAVID BRINKLEY AND CHET HUNTLEY. HOWEVER, NBC TV STOPPED ROLLING TAPE OF THE BROADCAST EXPECTING ALL SALIENT REPORTING WAS OVER AND THAT THE STATION WOULD LEAVE THE AIR MOMENTARILY. FROM 3:16 AM EASTERN STANDARD TIME TO 3:26 AM HUNTLEY, MC GEE AND BRINKLEY WERE TOLD IN THEIR EAR PIECES THAT KENNEDY WAS SHOT AND TO STALL FOR TIME UNTIL FURTHER DETAILS COULD BE CONFIRMED. WHEN NBC TV RESUMED RECORDING TAPE AT 3:26 AM COVERAGE OF THE ASSASSINATION WAS DISSEMINTAED, AND FOLLOW UP COVERAGE CONTINUED.
THE TEN MISSING MINUTES OF NBC TV BROADCAST WAS RECORDED ON AUDIO TAPE AND RESIDES ONLY IN THE COLLECTION OF ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC.
ONLY FOUR AND HALF YEARS EARLIER A SIMILAR SCENARIO OCCURRED WHEN DEVELOPER AND OWNER OF THE ATA COLLECTION, PHIL GRIES, RECORDED OFF THE AIR THE "LOST" BROADCAST MOMENTS OF DON PARDO ANNOUNCING THE FIRST TWO BULLETINS AND SUBSEQUENT NEVER RECORDED BY NBC TV 11 MINUTES OF STUDIO COVERAGE RELATED TO THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY.
Harry Reasoner anchors this live special report on the day of the Robert F. Kennedy shooting. John Hart reports with the latest bulletins. Bill Stout updates his report on the accused gunman. President Lyndon B. Johnson talks to the American people from the White House. There is an audio recording of a 90 sec. segment from L.A. Mutual News Reporter Andrew West, as he reported the shooting as it actually happened earlier in the day. There are medical reports given to the press at a brief press conference. Presidential candidate Sen. Eugene McCarthy comments as does non-violent black leader Charles Evers. Heard are press conference reports on the background of accused shootist Sirhan Sirhan and the weapon used. Dan Rather reports from Washington D.C. Conn. Sen. Thomas Dodd comments on his Gun Control Bill. Rev. Ralph Abernathy and Jose Williams comment. CBS News correspondent Daniel Schorr interviews Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., who reads letters she sent to Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy. Harry Reasoner discusses the nature of the head wound suffered by Kennedy with CBS science editor Earl Ubell and Surgeon Dr. J. Lawrence Pool. Roger Mudd is heard in a 1967 interview with Robert Kennedy. Terry Drinkwater reports on Jacqueline Onassis' arrival in L.A. at Good Samaritin Hospital. Robert Kennedy's speech in Indianapolis after the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is replayed. From Boston's WHDH studio, Psychiatrist Dr. John P. Speigal discusses acts of violence in America. In Washington D.C., Eric Sevareid gives his impressions on the days events. Harry Reasoner summarizes and concludes the broadcast.
Joey Bishop interviews Mutual News Correspondent Andrew West and there is a replay of a 6 min. tape that West audio-recorded at the Ambassador Hotel during the actual shooting of Robert F. Kennedy. His reactions to the tragedy are dramatic and horrific.
Richard Burton narrates the last six minutes of a film tribute to Robert F. Kennedy. From Chicago, Walter Cronkite anchors CBS News Coverage. Presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey is introduced at the Convention. His complete 50 min. acceptance speech is heard. From the floor, Mike Wallace gives his thoughts on the proceedings and the future of a splintered Democratic party. Dan Rather, John Hart, Bill Stout, Harry Reasoner, Eric Sevareid and Theodore White all editorialize their thoughts on the convention. Walter Cronkite adds his own reflections and wraps up the broadcast.
Special FIRST TUESDAY broadcast.
Sander Vanocur is the on-camera editor for this month's issue of NBC's news magazine.
Jack Perkins interviews Senator Robert F. Kenndy's killer, Sirhan B. Sirhan on the day following his being sentenced to death.
Remembering the one year anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, David Frost presents an interview with Kennedy (filmed on March 25, 1968). This interview, telecast for the first time, is shown in it's entirety, unedited with slates and interruptions exactly the way it was recorded. Frost indicates that this may have been the last personal interview given by the late Senator. It was recorded in a hotel room in Portland, Oregon. Senator Kennedy talks about communism, his heroes, his public image, how he would like to be remembered, the future of America and the Kennedy mystique. At the conclusion of the program, David Frost talks with George Plimpton, Steve Smith (RFK's brother-in-law and campaign manager) and Adam Malinsky (chief speech writer for RFK). They evaluate the Kennedy interview given one year previous. The broadcast concludes with a tape of Senator Edward Kennedy's eulogy for his brother at the time of Robert F. Kennedy's funeral, on June 6, 1968.
October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992.
Johnny Carson guest Jack Perkins discusses his recent interview with the killer of Senator Robert F. Kennedy who was sentenced to death one week ago.
Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past
October 21st, 1974-1980.
90-minute talk show hosted by Dinah Shore. The program was seen during the daytime in most markets. In 1979, the show was retitled "Dinah and Friends" as Dinah employed a weekly co-host. Depending on the market where the syndicated show airs, it is presented as a 90-minute show or edited to a 60-minute broadcast.