Tonight NBC airs a special in honor of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. The special, hosted by legendary newsman Tom Brokaw. Here’s a preview of the feel that the special will have from a post by Brokaw.
Ask anyone who was over, say, the age of three at the time and they remember.
I was in an Omaha television newsroom, KMTV, when the news wires began signaling the news. I raced to get it on the air, stunned, confused and wondering, “what now?”
I was just 23 and the wholly unexpected tragedy helped prepare me for a lifetime of covering world altering events.
NBC’s Tom Brokaw discusses his upcoming documentary, “Where were you?” which captures Americans’ emotional responses to Kennedy’s assassination fifty years ago.
Tom Hanks was in the second grade and he knew something was wrong when he saw his teacher crying. Jane Fonda went to her room in Paris, crying, thinking she’d never be safe again.
Steven Spielberg, a sophomore in high school, went home where his mother collapsed in his arms, sobbing.
While every cable channel on the dial has already done a Kennedy special, the Food Network’s “Cooking Kennedy” was a bridge too far though, tonight’s NBC special should be interesting because of the resources Brokaw can draw on. He still remains a big enough name to wrangle A-list celebrities to discuss history. For more insight into the special check out this clip of Brokaw talking to Dr. Robert Grossman, one of the first medical personnel to inspect the President that day.
Here’s all the info to be apart of tonight’s JFK memorial.
Date: Friday, November 22nd
Episode Title: “Where Were You: The Day JFK Died”
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Online Stream: NBC.com