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Roswell 1947 - Photographs

KGFL radio:

The story goes that on Tuesday, July 8, 1947, Roswell Army Air Field Lieutenant Walter Haut went to deliver this press release that Colonel Blanchard, chief of the Roswell Army Air Field, gave him with order to give it to the radio stations and newspapers in Roswell so that the news spread.

Haut's first stop was at the KGFL radio station, owned by Walt Whitmore, where he gave the release to Frank Joyce. The information was put by host and wire responsible Frank Joyce on the Associated Press wire at 12 o'clock from this radio studio.

Above: KGFL studios in the 1940's.

Above: KGFL studios, inside.

Above: The place is now a hair saloon.

KSWS radio:

Above: KSWS radio became KSWS-TV (NBC, CBS, ABC) in the end of the sixties and still exists.

Haut then visited Johnny McBoyle at Radio KSWS, and the press release sent from there was received by Lydia Sleppy at Radio KOAT in Albuquerque, from where she claimed the transmission was then on interrupted by some government agency.

KGFL and KSWS were the only two radio stations in Roswell in 1947.


Above: KOAT Radio in Albuquerque became KOAT-TV in the end of the sixties and probably still exists.

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