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56th Anniversary Program: Living History with Bill Mercer

November 22, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Reporting live from police headquarters, KRLD broadcaster Bill Mercer was the first to inform Lee Harvey Oswald he had been charged with the murder of President Kennedy. A member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and co-author of “When the News Went Live: Dallas 1963,” Mercer will interact with classrooms around the world and a live Museum audience on the anniversary of the assassination. Join us for this free Distance Learning Spotlight Session, followed by a moment of silence to recognize the 56th anniversary of the assassination at 12:30 p.m.


This Living History conversation, moderated by Museum Curator Stephen Fagin, will be enhanced with images and video footage from the Museum collections.

An award-winning broadcast journalist, Bill Mercer is a Dallas Press Club Living Legend and a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. As a broadcaster with CBS affiliate KRLD Radio and Television in Dallas in 1963, Mercer covered the breaking news of the Kennedy assassination, reporting live from Dallas police headquarters. At a midnight press briefing on November 22, 1963, Mercer was the one to initially inform suspect Lee Harvey Oswald that he had been formally charged with the murder of President Kennedy.


Mercer is co-author of the memoir When the News Went Live: Dallas 1963. As part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Mercer taught a semester-long course on the Kennedy assassination at Duke University.


Well-known as a sportscaster and play-by-play announcer, Mercer was the voice of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, the University of North Texas, Southwest Conference and Chicago White Sox. An internationally popular wrestling announcer, Mercer spent more than 35 years as a broadcast journalism professor at the University of North Texas.


November 22, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.