Challenger explodes-January 28, 1986

Alan Tolz
Mon Jan 30 09:12:46 EST 2012

I was at WRKO, then at 3 Fenway Plaza, in what was the Harvard Community 
Health Plan building, doing some research for on the Jerry Williams show 
guests for that day at 2 PM...I heard John Masters with a news bulletin on 
the in-house monitor.  We cancelled the guest appearance, and that afternoon 
Jerry took calls for four hours about the Challenger tragedy, interspersed 
with experts we could find in real time.  Back in that day, there was no 
e-mail, so we called around to find MIT professors, NASA folks on Houston, 
and anyone else who was expert in space technology.  We didn't know what 
"O-Rings" were at that time, but we would soon learn about them.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna Halper" <>
To: "Matthew Osborne" <>
Cc: "Ted Larsen" <>; <>
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2012 11:12 PM
Subject: Re: Challenger explodes-January 28, 1986

> On 1/29/2012 10:05 PM, Matthew Osborne wrote:
>> I was in fourth grade, and we were actually not watching the shuttle 
>> launch in our class.
> I remember exactly where I was-- in Providence RI, consulting WLKW, which 
> was then beautiful music.  There were TV monitors in the newsroom and 
> somebody came running out to tell us (we were in a meeting-- the GM, the 
> airstaff, etc.)  Needless to say, the meeting didn't matter that much 
> after we heard the terrible news.

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