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The Launch of 24-hour News Radio

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Forty years ago today, demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago dissolved into a mess of threats, tear gas, and a torrent of police batons. The world was watching and they were listening. Just a few months earlier, the CBS radio network had launched a new broadcasting initiative they called News-talk. The network gave Chicago affiliate WBBM just a few weeks notice preparation to go to a 24 hour-7 days a week news schedule.

Eight Forty-Eight's Richard Steele recently talked with retired WBBM Political Editor Bob Crawford. Crawford, who was there from the beginning, says that in 1968 the format was exciting but frightening. 

Check out more coverage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. You'll find reports, conversations, and personal stories from people who were there. You can also tell us your story.

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