The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, USA at 12:30 p.m. This program recorded ten years later asks the simple question-where were you when you heard the news? Through the use of radio broadcasts, newscasts, jingles and the popular music on the air that year, "A Shortcut Back To Dallas" conjures up the changing moods of that afternoon, including a telephone time check that draws us through that fateful day in a sort of "real-time". Mixing in voices from friends, parents and disk jockeys from 1963 with co-workers of ten years later-this documentary captures a variety of emotions, featuring The Kingston Trio, Elvis Presley, Freddie Scott, The Rooftop Singers, B. Mitchell Reed, & The WMCA "Good Guys", Danny Schechter, KLIF's Russ Knight -" The Weird Beard", The Washington Squares, The Impressions, Frank Sinatra, The Kingsmen, Shelly Fabares, Ed Sanders, Trini Lopez, The Chiffons, Tommy Roe, Peter, Paul & Mary...and John F. Kennedy.
Bonus Program: A Shortcut Back To 9/11
With sounds from the street, the eyewitnesses and the air, A Shortcut Back to 9/11 features material that gathers up actualities from that election morning and mixes in the first music that I was able to play-- days after the event. Featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama, John Cale, Crowded House and others, "9/11-- Remix also contains 2001 year-end commentary from various eyewitnesses...who wondered about the future-- ( Length: 00:29:15)
Review of A Shortcut Back--9/11--The 5th Anniversary Remix
As I began listening to "A Shortcut back--9/11--The 5th Anniversary Remix," I thought that the music bed was overpowering the thoughts expressed by the interviews. As it progress, I realized that the music was playing a valuable role in setting the mood for the program. The bed was the lighting for the short stories that came from many different parts of the stage on that day.
It contained a well-balanced approach to those interviewed and displayed the positive outlook of the citizens of not onlyl America, but other countries as well.
As the program progress, the listener is pulled deeper into the evolving story. One listens to the music cuts and reflects on what those interviewed have said, while at the same time personally reflecting the events of 9/11 while simultaneously contemplated the future. Ron Nethercutt