50 years later: KYW correspondent recounts Apollo 11, broadcasting history

Hadas Kuznits
July 20, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — On this day 50 years ago, millions tuned in as mankind made history more than 250,000 miles away from earth and this man covered it all for KYW Newsradio 1060.

In 1969, KYW Newsradio was a Westinghouse Station, for which Jim Slade worked as a science correspondent covering the American space program. 

He personally witnessed the launch of Apollo 11 as it blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center to the moon.

"Well, I was broadcasting it on this radio station KYW,” he said. “I was three miles from the launch pad.”

READ: Apollo 11 mission timeline: To the moon and back again 

Slade says when the rocket lit up it started to rise slowly.

"The wave of sound came across that swamp over the three miles and washed over the trailer I was in,” he said. “The floorboards rattled, the windows shook and I thought they were going to come in and when it cleared past the launch tower, it started to accelerate."

Slade describes the moon landing as life changing:

"A lot of environmentalists were born at that time,” he said. “For the first time, we saw the Earth as it really is — this little ball of humanity floating in that black void of space."