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Pictures, Audio & Media Archives

This is an assortment of historical pictures and audio clips of noteworthy events and how the media covered them.


How some Dayton area radio listeners got the word of an American tragedy.

It was Friday, November 22, 1963.  It can be assumed, some Dayton radio listeners had just finished listening to the Ruth Lyons 50/50 Club which was simulcast on WLW radio in Cincinnati. Less than 15 minutes after "Mother" left the air that day, came word that President John Kennedy had been cut down in Dallas, Texas.

The full WLW broadcast of this tragedy is available, we assume, for purchase on the internet. Solely for the historical value, we offer a very short clip of this coverage.

A Twister Devastates The Miami Valley

The date was April 3, 1974. Even the folks at the Weather Channel are well versed on the events of this day, as early spring weather conditions in the midwest spawned a group of of which moved through Warren County, into southern Montgomery County, then headed northeast into Greene County, with the city of Xenia in its bullseye.

32 people were killed, over 1300 wounded, 300 homes and half the buildings in the city were destroyed.

The first word on this deadly storm came from this TV break in. As Dayton Broadcast Hall Of Famer and, then WHIO-TV Chief Meteorologist Gil Whitney alerted the Miami Valley to the oncoming danger.  Here is the audio of the break in announcement.

America Held Hostage! And WHIO Radio Gets "The Scoop"!

On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students took 52 U.S. diplomats hostage inside the American Embassy in Tehran. The crisis would ultimately last 444 days.

Shortly after the hostages were taken, WHIO Radio News Director Winston Hoehner acted on a hunch. He picked up the phone and dialed the number of the U.S. Embassy in of the hostage takers answered the phone and answered questions from "Wins". This was the only American radio interview with the hostage takers to take place during the ordeal. Needless to say, the interview got the attention of President Jimmy Carter's White House, as well as the nation. WHIO's Washington Correspondents Andy Cassels and Hal Cessna reported on the hostage crisis and CBS News reported on WHIO's exclusive interview this way.

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