Visualizing the Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 03:00 PM

Listen to a chilling account, created only days later, of President Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963.

The excerpt above is from a disc created by Recording for the Blind recounting the major Sunday New York Times news for the week of November 24, 1963. These discs were created and distributed weekly to visually impaired people all over the world. You can listen below to the entire news and analysis for that week, including items about Jimmy Hoffa, the fluoridation of water in NYC, the second Vatican council, and the return of Soviet hostage Frederick Baghoorn.

The disc, from Archives Director Andy Lanset's personal collection, has probably not been heard in fifty years. Despite being only seven inches in diameter, it packs a full 50 minutes of audio, thanks in part to its running at the rare rotational speed of 16 2/3 RPM, or half the normal LP speed.


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Mission Statement: The New York Public Radio Archives supports the mission and goals of WNYC and WQXR by honoring the broadcast heritage of the radio stations and preserving their organizational and programming legacy for future generations of public radio listeners. The Archives will collect, organize, document, showcase and make available for production all original work generated by and produced in association with WNYC and WQXR Radio.

The NYPR Archives serves the stations staff and producers by providing them with digital copies of our broadcast material spanning WNYC and WQXR's respective 90 and 77 year histories.  We also catalog, preserve and digitize, provide reference services, store, and acquire WNYC and WQXR broadcast material (originals and copies) missing from the collection. This repatriation effort has been aided by dozens of former WNYC and WQXR staff as well as a number of key institutions. Additionally, our collecting over the last ten years goes beyond sound and includes photos, publicity materials, program guides, microphones, coffee mugs, buttons and other ephemera. We've left no stone unturned in our pursuit of these artifacts. The History Notes is a showcase for many of these non-broadcast items in our collection. 

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