Speaking with a fellow JFK researcher, I found that he shared exactly what I felt with respect to Ryan's reporting on 11/22/63.
"I formed my opinion just from watching the coverage of that day on NBC. I video-taped the replay in 1988 on A&E, when they broadcast six hours of the coverage from Nov. 22, 1963. The first 4-and-a-half hours were continuous and unedited, while the last hour-and-a-half was edited from the rest of the evening.
Ryan made a lot of comments from memory, while the others were making mistakes constantly. He seemed the most self-controlled of the four, with an eye on the perspective of what the event meant. No offense to the other anchors, but they were predictably stunned by the news and seemed to be groping at times for what to say. Ryan, probably just as stunned, seemed much more in control than the others and seemed much more informed when he ad-libbed at various times.
I just base my opinion on personal observation"-Randy Owen
His perception mirrors mine.
There is not much information available on Bill on the Internet. This is the Wiki entry:
"Bill Ryan (full name William Emmett Ryan III) (April 4, 1926 – February 18, 1997) was an American broadcast journalist with the NBC television network and its owned and operated local station WNBC-TV in New York City for 26 years, and also served for a year (1970-1971) as news anchor at WOR-TV.
He is probably best remembered for anchoring NBC's coverage of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, along with Chet Huntley and Frank McGee."
I found it tremendously sad that Wiki had very little to say about him. I think he deserves more than this.
And a blurb by him (which I thought I would add).
He is mentioned in this book, Change mummified: cinema, historicity, theory
by Philip Rosen and I was most pleased with what the author had to say:
Also, there is a tape available (a tad pricey) on Bill Ryan's obit given by Tom Brokaw on the news. It is only 50 seconds long, but talks about and his career with NBC, and includes pictures. When I purchase it (next year) I'll be sure and add the information found to this.
A little extra--his introduction of another reporter and station call letters:
If anyone has any information on Bill, please add it .
I am just sorry I waited this long to find out just what he did and how he acted 11/22/63. I would've loved to have thanked him.
Edited by Kathy Beckett, 23 October 2009 - 09:28 PM.