Covering Chaos

All Exhibits

Timeline of News Events: 1:00-2:00 PM

1:01 p.m.

WBAP—Tom Whalen interviews Jean Hill, who gives the first eyewitness description aired on radio.

AP—The Associated Press releases the first picture of the assassination, taken by James Altgens.

1:11 p.m.

KRLD—Eddie Barker reports the unconfirmed death of President Kennedy from the Dallas Trade Mart.

WFAA—Tom Alyea films the "sniper's nest" at the Texas School Book Depository for later WFAA broadcast.

1:15 p.m.

Dallas Times Herald—The newspaper releases a two-star edition.

1:18 p.m.

KRLD—Barker reveals that a doctor from Parkland Memorial Hospital is his source for the unconfirmed announcement of the president's death.

1:19 p.m.

CBS—Dan Rather calls radio officials to discuss the announcement for television. In response to the conversation, radio personnel begin to play the "Star Spangled Banner."

CBS—Cronkite relays KRLD's unconfirmed report of the president's death.

1:22 p.m.

CBS—CBS radio announces that President Kennedy is dead.

1:27 p.m.

CBS—Cronkite reports word from Rather that the president is dead.

Photograph of Malcolm Kilduff announcing the death of President Kennedy
Dallas Times Herald Collection
1:28 p.m.

ABC—The network airs reports from the AP wire that priests say the president is dead.

1:32 p.m.

CBS—Cronkite reports the president's death based on the priests' statement.

1:33 p.m.

UPI—Smith dictates the official announcement by Malcolm Kilduff that the president is dead.

1:38 p.m.

CBS—Cronkite reads the UPI wire bulletin informing a stunned nation of the official announcement of President Kennedy's death.

1:50 p.m.

WFAA—Bert Shipp joins Jay Watson on the air and narrates film he shot at the Dallas Trade Mart and Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Yeah, Parkland Hospital ... I went straight there from the Trade Mart when I knew something was wrong. I tried to take the phone away from a UPI guy and found out it was Merriman Smith, and he promised me that he'd put the phone where the sun didn't shine if I didn't leave him alone. And so I went into the place—it looked like a blood bank there—and I got a phone in there, and about that time, I saw Decker come out of Trauma One. And I said, 'Sheriff, what does it look like in there?' And he said, 'Bert, did you ever see a deer get shot in the back of the head?' ... I said, 'Well ... 'the man can't live.' And he says, 'It's what it looks like to me.' And so I got on the phone and called the station, got a hold of John Allen on the radio, and I said, 'John,' I said, 'the president can't live. He's dead.'

Bert Shipp, Assistant News Director, WFAA-TV
November 17, 1992
Oral History Collection