Oct 11, 2022
Bill Mercer was doing a newscast at Noon on Dallas radio station KRLD when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas on November 22nd, 1963.
For the next several days Bill was one of the critical radio and television reporters at the Dallas police headquarters when Lee Harvey Oswald was brought in. In this podcast, Bill shares the story of being the first person to tell Oswald that he had been charged with the murder of the president.
He called football play-by-play for the Dallas Texans and the Dallas Cowboys, including their second Super Bowl in 1972 and the legendary Ice Bowl in 1967 vs. the Green Bay Packers.
Bill Mercer is inducted into 8 Halls of Fame, including the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. The Press Club at the University of North Texas is named in his honor having taught sports broadcasting there for over 35 years. Bill was the original announcer for the Texas Rangers in 1972, moving to the Chicago White Sox a few years later.
Bill is the co-author of the new book “Oklahoma to Okinawa”, stories of the men he served with in World War II.
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