of John F. Kennedy half a century ago shocked Hartford, Connecticut,
the nation and the world. Like most radio stations WDRC
immediately suspended normal programming and covered the resulting
tragic weekend with non-stop news coverage.
WDRC's Assistant General Manager and Program Director,
wrote this moving tribute to the dead president. The text
was recorded on the day of Kennedy's funeral by WDRC News
Barbarette and aired numerous times in the following days.
The audio clip here features Long
John Wade delivering Earwitness News shortly after the
assassination and Senator Abraham Ribicoff's reaction to the
was overwhelming. Listeners swamped the station for reprints
of the Open Letter to JFK. This image was generously
provided by Paul Bezanker.