Marcos Sueiro Bal is the Senior Archivist at New York Public Radio. He is Co-Chair of the Technical Committee at the Association of Recorded Sound Collections, and was part of the Collection Management Task Force ...
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.