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#Radio100 Moment 12: Radio Brings Watergate Hearings to Americans' Living Rooms(May 17, 1973)
May 17, 1973

Moment 12: Radio Brings Watergate Hearings to Americans' Living Rooms

On May 17, 1973, Senator Sam Ervin opened the hearings of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities into the Watergate incident. The audio feed of the hearings was broadcast gavel-to-gavel on scores of radio stations, making the hearings available to people in their homes, cars and workplaces. During the Senate hearings, former White House legal counsel John Dean testified that the Watergate break-in had been approved by former Attorney General John Mitchell with the knowledge of chief White House advisers John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman, and that President Richard Nixon had been aware of the cover-up.

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