On Air Now

Current Show

Coast to Coast AM   12:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Contact Coast to Coast AM at 1-800-825-5033

Show Info »

Upcoming Shows

Program Schedule »

Listen

Listen Live Now » 550 AM Wausau, WI 99.9 FM Stevens Point, WI

Weather

Current Conditions(Wausau,WI 54403)

More Weather »
51° Feels Like: 51°
Wind: S 7 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0”
Current Radar for Zip

Tonight

Mostly Cloudy 47°

Tomorrow

Partly Cloudy 71°

Sat Night

Thunderstorms 62°

Alerts

Looking back on 50th anniversary of JFK assassination

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - November 22nd, 1963 is still frozen in time for Wisconsinites who remember President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas 50 years ago today. 

Marge Koenig of Wittenberg was living in Milwaukee with her four children. She said she couldn't believe what she was seeing when the news came on TV. 

Koenig said churches throughout Milwaukee opened their doors -- and she went to a service thinking, "What else could you do?" 

The old Milwaukee Journal reported on a late afternoon mass where Marquette professor Cyril McKinnon called it a "black Friday in the history of the United States. He said President Kennedy was the "personification of (people's) ideals, the center of the hope and faith in a better world." 

The Journal said Milwaukee's pace dropped to a crawl as cabs stood idle, people walked slowly, and there were no lineups at theater box offices that were normal for a Friday night. 

Koenig was among the thousands who wrote to Kennedy's widow Jackie -- and the former First Lady wrote back, thanking Koenig for her thoughts.

Koenig's sister now has that letter. She says the Kennedy assassination is something that always stay with you. 

Sandy Endlich, who now works for the state, said she comforted her mother in West Bend that day -- and she realized, "the whole world we knew was about to change."

Comments