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CBS NEWS’ RADIO REPORT: ‘THE AFTERMATH,’ 4/5/1968

April 5th, 2017

A CBS RADIO SPECIAL REPORT * Douglas Edwards (CBS) * FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 1968

HEADLINES April 4-5, 1968


A CBS SPECIAL REPORT. THE DAY AFTER DR. KING DIED

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 1968

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ABOUT THIS CBS RADIO BROADCAST

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This was the news the CBS Radio Network reported the evening after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee.

You will hear various reports of widespread rioting and disturbances from around the country, the aftermath. In the wake of Dr. King’s assassination the night before. Hardest hit overnight were 11 major American cities. You will hear reports from Jeb Duvall in Chicago; Jim McQuarry in Detroit; reports by Tony SargentĀ and Robert Pierpoint in Washington D. C.; reports by Ed Rable and Tony Brunton in Memphis; Bill Stout in Los Angeles, and reports by CBS Washington correspondents Dan Rather and Eric Severeid. Anchored by CBS’ Douglas Edwards in New York.

This special report aired on CBS affiliate WJR-AM 760 in Detroit, April 5, 1968.

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While a minute and a half was found missing at the end of this CBS report, in whole, it is most somber in having described the mood of a nation having felt over this tragic event, having witnessed, forty-nine years ago. This CBS reporting on the death of Dr. King bears reminding much what the nation had lost, this day, in April 1968.


NATIONAL GUARDSMEN patrolling the streets of the nation’s capitol, Washington, April 5, 1968.


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