Eddie Barker Dies; Dallas Newsman Broke News Of JFK's Death
July 24, 2012 at 4:40 AM (PT)
Longtime DALLAS radio and TV newsman EDDIE BARKER, who is credited as the first newsman to air a report of the death of President JOHN F. KENNEDY in 1963, died MONDAY in DALLAS at 84.
BARKER, who started his career at KMAC-A/SAN ANTONIO, was the News Director of CBS affiliates KRLD-TV (now FOX O&O KDFW-TV) and KRLD-A/DALLAS and was anchoring television coverage of the assassination when a doctor he knew called PARKLAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL's emergency room, confirmed KENNEDY's death, and put it on the air.
He also served as President of the RADIO-TELEVISION NEWS DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (now the RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION). After leaving TV news in 1972 and working in public relations, BARKER became the longtime host of a local talk show on KPLT-A/PARIS, TX. He is a member of the TEXAS RADIO HALL OF FAME.