June 7, 1968 – KMPC-AM – The Johnny Magnus Program – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
If you lived in Los Angeles in June 1968, like most everyone you felt just a little strange. Maybe you worked for Bobby, passing out flyers and setting up rallies, making phone calls to get out the vote. Maybe you spent a lot of time at the Kennedy For President Headquarters on Wilshire in the Miracle Mile district. Maybe you weren’t old enough to vote. Maybe you just turned 21 and this was going to be your first Presidential election. You were optimistic. You were hoping things would change. If you were a guy you were worried about the Draft and going to Vietnam, or maybe you were going to enlist in the Navy or the Air Force because you heard your chances of winding up in Vietnam would be less than if you were drafted. You had a lot on your mind. Maybe you weren’t out of High School yet and you wouldn’t be voting until 1972 – but that was a whole lifetime away. This was June 1968, and your world came crashing down when you heard Bobby Kennedy had been shot. You were on your way to the Ambassador Hotel when you heard it on the car radio – and you went down to the Kennedy For President Headquarters instead just to be with everybody else.
But by June 7th Bobby had been declared dead and his body was being taken back to New York before going on to Washington – and L.A. struggled with going back to normal. The Disc jockey doesn’t talk about it in so many words – he only alludes to “strange and difficult times” – but you know what he means. And you wonder if the world will still be around by the end of the year.
As a reminder that there was a movement afoot to bring everything back to normal, this half-hour snippet of the Johnny Magnus Show from KMPC gets back to regular programming – and if you didn’t know what day it was, you would think it was a normal day like any other. But there are some “tells” and maybe what wasn’t being said by Johnny Magnus was more potent than what was. In any event, here is a half hour of KMPC from 9:30-10:00 pm, June 7, 1968.
And maybe you were there.