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Lamentations for JFK

Official White House portrait

Official White House portrait

Marking a somber occasion like the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy is challenging. Unlike a WW II anniversary: scented by anthems, cloaked in victory, and animated by veterans and hope for better days; this anniversary evokes emptiness. Death anniversaries always bring a flood of memories and regrets. For the living, it’s a struggle to find peace and closure. November 22, 1963 is a day in which many Americans saw their worldviews forever altered. In deference to all these things, WFMT remembers that day with two program specials:

Official White House portrait

Studs Terkel



Friday, November 22 at 10:00 PM

On November 25, 1963, Studs Terkel presented a program in memory of President John F. Kennedy who had been assassinated in Dallas, Texas three days before. With music and poetry, Studs offers his shaken world some solace. We commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of JFK with a rebroadcast of Studs’ tribute.
Listen to an excerpt:


WFMT’s Candice Agree

Saturday, November 23, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Candice Agree debuts in her new weekend morning slot. Since her July arrival at WFMT, we’ve come to appreciate her insatiable curiosity. In typical Candice fashion, she’s gotten her hands on NBC’s actual broadcast rundown from the days following President Kennedy’s assassination.

Looking at that rundown, younger Americans might be surprised how much airtime was devoted to nothing but music, a concert: the Largo from the New World Symphony, Massenet’s Meditation from Thais, a vocalise by Ravel. They offered the Overture to Fidelio in tribute to Mrs. Kennedy.

After a long list of Classical compositions, there is one reference in this rundown to a visual (this is television, remember), “On camera: The White House, draped in black. Several lights are burning.” The next item on the agenda: Van Heflin reads Walt Whitman’s poem to Lincoln: “O Captain! My Captain!”.

With all this in-hand, Candice will build her Saturday morning show around the music that was broadcast on that day, 50 years ago, November 23, 1963.

Tune in, Saturday morning starting at 7:00 AM to hear this remarkable tribute to John F. Kennedy.



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