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Thanks to John Dolva for turning us on to this tape 16 minutes of KLIF radio from 11/22/63

KLIF 1190 Top 40 Radio November 22, 1963

DFW Radio Archives - Audio

KLIF radio was owned by Gordon McLendon, a good friend of David A. Phillips and co-founder with Phillips of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

Ruby posed as a KLIF radio news stringer to get into City Hall for news conferences, and arranged for KLIF reporters to obtain exclusive phone interviews with officials. Sandwiches Ruby bought for Dallas cops that he wanted to deliver to them were taken to KLIF radio studios, which Ruby phoned often and occassionally visited. Ruby claimed McLendon was one of his most important friends.

This 16 minute excerpt of typical KLIF programming as it was interrupted to bring breaking news of the assassination and as the man says, the would-be assassin was still in the building when that broadcast was made.

Also see:

JFKcountercoup: Journalists & JFK - Real Dizinfo Agents Part 3

This article can also be found at CTKA

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3+ hours of KLIF coverage on 11/22/63 (plus 1.5 hours of Nov. 24 coverage from KLIF):


Thanks DVP,

Rock and Roll is certainly the musical background score for the assassination (though the radio ads are also interesting).

Even the Kennedy Library's chronology includes the songs on the Top 40 pop charts, including the Beatles.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum - Timeline

Those who grew up in the 50s and early 60s can recall certain eras and events by the songs popular at the time and the Kennedy assassination was right there.

Every market had a Top 40 AM radio station and in Dallas that was KLIF - whose owner Gordon McLendon, is credited with inventing the program style.

On the morning of the assassination, while Oswald was at the TSBD, someone impersonating him, with an apparently valid ID, bought a beer and candy at an Oak Cliff store, just up the street from the Texas Theater, and he also purchased a ticket for the Dick Clark rock and roll show that night. I think the late Dick Clark was in Dallas that day.

Folk singer Phil Ochs was there and witnessed the assassination, reportedly from the Northeast corner of Houston and Elm Streets, as Jim Glover says.

I heard Dick Clark later became an Assassination Buff and Conspiracy Theorists, and tried to contact his TV production company about doing a real documentary on the assassination but never heard from them.

The Beatles stormed Dallas in 1964, and when they road through Dealey Plaza in their limo they ducked, ha ha, and stayed the night at the Cabana Hotel, now a prison.

Jack Ruby's Vegas Club in North Dallas featured rock & roll. In the movie The Last Waltz, Robbie Robertson recalls touring Texas with Rockabilly Ronnie Hawkins, and playing for Ruby, noting that there were only a few people in the audience and a fight broke out.

Bob Dylan's favorable comments about Oswald while being given an award in NYC was roundly booed, and misunderstood.

I think the FBI or somebody had tried to infiltrate the anti-war, folk music scene - beginning with Phil Ochs as an ROTC cadet at Ohio U. to Dylan, and the entire New Left counter-culture movement (partially sparked by the CIA's LSD) was a growing threat to the Military-Industrial-Complex, and they thought they could better understand it by infiltrating it, as they were Communists after all.

They sort of agreed with what Plato said about music:

PLATO and Socrates ON MUSIC (From The Republic, Odyssey, i. 352)

“Then to sum up: This is the point to which, above all, the attention of our rulers should be directed – that music and gymnastic be preserved in their original form, and no innovation made. They must do their utmost to maintain them intact. And when anyone says that mankind must regard the newest song which the singers have, they will be afraid that he may be praising, not new songs, but a new kind of song; and this ought not to be praised, or conceived to be the meaning of the poet; for any musical innovation is full of danger to the whole State, and ought to be prohibited …. when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them…Then I said our guardians must lay the foundations of their fortress in music?”

“Yes, he said, the lawlessness of which you speak too easily steals in…in the form of amusement; and at first sight it appears harmless … and there is no harm; were it not that little by little this spirit of license, finding a home, imperceptibly penetrates into manners and customs; whence, issuing with greater force, it invades contracts between man and man, and from contracts goes on to laws and constitutions, in utter recklessness, ending at last, Socrates, by an overthrow of all rights, private as well as public.”

“Then, as I was saying, our youth should be trained from the first in a stricter system, for if amusements become lawless, and the youths themselves become lawless, they can never grow up into well-conducted and virtuous citizens.”

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