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KVUE, YNN airing special JFK coverage this week

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 19, 2013

Austin TV stations are remembering the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago with a slew of special programming this week.

Through Friday, KVUE is airing reports each night on its 6 p.m. newscast.

And on Friday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., KVUE will air a rebroadcast of coverage of JFK’s Nov. 22, 1963, assassination from its sister station WFAA in Dallas. The show will be streamed on kvue.com, as well.

According to KVUE executive news director Frank Volpicella, the two-hour special will include:

  • JFK speech at breakfast in Fort Worth
  • JFK arrival at Love Field in Dallas
  • Cut-in 10 minutes after shooting of President Kennedy and Gov. John Connolly
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • First live interview with Abraham Zapruder
  • Announcement of the death of President Kennedy
  • Announcement of the shooting and death of Dallas police officer JD Tippit
  • First film of School Book Depository and Texas Theater
  • First picture/film of Lee Harvey Oswald
  • President Kennedy’s body arriving at Andrews Air Force Base
  • President Johnson’s first address to the nation from Andrews Air Force Base

On YNN, Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour local news channel, special reports will air each day this week, beginning at 5 a.m.

Here’s what to expect, according to a YNN spokeswoman:

Today: An interview with the owner of the Dallas boardinghouse where Lee Harvey Oswald stayed prior to the assassination

Wednesday: An interview with Gary DeLaune, the first radio reporter to announce that President Kennedy has been shot

Thursday: The medical officer on duty at the Pentagon in November of 1963 talks with YNN.

Friday: The network will begin live reports at 7 a.m. leading up to live coverage of the dedication ceremony coverage 11:45 a.m.

If you miss YNN’s reports, you can catch them any time on Time Warner Cable’s Local On Demand channel.