Live coverage of Senator Robert F. Kennedy's victory in the California Democratic Primary. Minutes after his victory speech, Senator Kennedy would be assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.
NOTE: NBC STOPPED RECORDING TAPE (2" QUAD) AFTER SENATOR ROBERT F. KENNEDY CONCLUDED HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH AT THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL IN LOS ANGELES. NBC TV CONTINUED TO BROADCAST WITH ANCHORS FRANK MC GEE, DAVID BRINKLEY AND CHET HUNTLEY. HOWEVER, NBC TV STOPPED ROLLING TAPE OF THE BROADCAST EXPECTING ALL SALIENT REPORTING WAS OVER AND THAT THE STATION WOULD LEAVE THE AIR MOMENTARILY. FROM 3:16 AM EASTERN STANDARD TIME TO 3:26 AM HUNTLEY, MC GEE AND BRINKLEY WERE TOLD IN THEIR EAR PIECES THAT KENNEDY WAS SHOT AND TO STALL FOR TIME UNTIL FURTHER DETAILS COULD BE CONFIRMED. WHEN NBC TV RESUMED RECORDING TAPE AT 3:26 AM COVERAGE OF THE ASSASSINATION WAS DISSEMINTAED, AND FOLLOW UP COVERAGE CONTINUED.
THE TEN MISSING MINUTES OF NBC TV BROADCAST WAS RECORDED ON AUDIO TAPE AND RESIDES ONLY IN THE COLLECTION OF ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC.
ONLY FOUR AND HALF YEARS EARLIER A SIMILAR SCENARIO OCCURRED WHEN DEVELOPER AND OWNER OF THE ATA COLLECTION, PHIL GRIES, RECORDED OFF THE AIR THE "LOST" BROADCAST MOMENTS OF DON PARDO ANNOUNCING THE FIRST TWO BULLETINS AND SUBSEQUENT NEVER RECORDED BY NBC TV 11 MINUTES OF STUDIO COVERAGE RELATED TO THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY.
Harry Reasoner anchors this live special report on the day of the Robert F. Kennedy shooting. John Hart reports with the latest bulletins. Bill Stout updates his report on the accused gunman. President Lyndon B. Johnson talks to the American people from the White House. There is an audio recording of a 90 sec. segment from L.A. Mutual News Reporter Andrew West, as he reported the shooting as it actually happened earlier in the day. There are medical reports given to the press at a brief press conference. Presidential candidate Sen. Eugene McCarthy comments as does non-violent black leader Charles Evers. Heard are press conference reports on the background of accused shootist Sirhan Sirhan and the weapon used. Dan Rather reports from Washington D.C. Conn. Sen. Thomas Dodd comments on his Gun Control Bill. Rev. Ralph Abernathy and Jose Williams comment. CBS News correspondent Daniel Schorr interviews Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., who reads letters she sent to Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy. Harry Reasoner discusses the nature of the head wound suffered by Kennedy with CBS science editor Earl Ubell and Surgeon Dr. J. Lawrence Pool. Roger Mudd is heard in a 1967 interview with Robert Kennedy. Terry Drinkwater reports on Jacqueline Onassis' arrival in L.A. at Good Samaritin Hospital. Robert Kennedy's speech in Indianapolis after the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is replayed. From Boston's WHDH studio, Psychiatrist Dr. John P. Speigal discusses acts of violence in America. In Washington D.C., Eric Sevareid gives his impressions on the days events. Harry Reasoner summarizes and concludes the broadcast.
On the spot report on the shooting of Robert Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Various stations. Eyewitness accounts, comments by Walter Kiernan (WOR News), Barbara Walters (NBC), and Adam "Batman" West. Additional comments from Senator Eugene McCarthy. More on RFK shooting plus man-in-the-street comments. Early reports are that Kennedy will recover. Sirhan Sirhan is identified as the assassin. Commentary from Howard K. Smith (ABC News) and David Susskind.
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October 15, 1973-January 28, 1982.
This broadcast featured a discussion about the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. An hour-long talk show hosted by Tom Snyder. Network television's first entry into late-late-night programming on weeknights Monday thru Thursday, usually broadcasting on tape 1 AM to 2 AM. "Tomorrow" was expanded to 90 minutes on September 16, 1980.
Allard Lowenstein, former N.Y.S. congressman discusses his current doubts that Sirhan Sirhan was the lone assassin of Senator Robert Kennedy. Lowenstein, himself, was assassinated on March 14, 1980...the last former or current United States congressman, to date, to be murdered.
NOTE: This was the 250th broadcast of THE TOMORROW SHOW.