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On June 17, 1972, the director of security for the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) and 4 ex-pat Cubans who had been recruited by the CIA for the Bay of Pigs fiasco were arrested while burglarizing the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C.  
On September 15, 1972, the Watergate burglars were convicted, along with the handlers who had organized the operation, ex-CIA operative E. Howard Hunt and ex-FBI agent, and former White House employee, G. Gordon Liddy.

On November 7, 1972, Richard Nixon was re-elected President of the United States, receiving 520 electoral votes to Democrat George McGovern’s 17.  He received almost 18 million more popular votes than McGovern, the widest margin of any United States presidential election.

In February of 1973 the Senate Watergate Committee was formed with the mandate to investigate the connection of the White House to the burglary at the Watergate.  What emerged was that White House staff committed a series of crimes in order to cover up the burglars’ connections to the White House and the President.

Forty government officials were indicted and jailed.
Faced with almost certain impeachment, in August of 1974 Nixon resigned.  

This edition of Special Collections focuses solely on what have come to be known as the “Watergate Tapes.”  The Nixon administration had installed a state-of-the-art recording system in the Oval Office in order to record the workings of the Nixon administration for posterity.  Their existence was revealed during the Senate testimony of Deputy Assistant to the President, Alexander Butterfield.  Nixon claimed executive privilege, fought the release of these tapes all the way to the Supreme Court, and lost.

Special Collections usually focuses on topics which broaden one’s sonic palette.  This show is an exception. Think of it as public service, forewarned is forearmed. Listen for the banality of corruption contained in these conversations as it echoes through history to reverberate our current political landscape.


Broadcast date: May 23rd 2017
KCHUNG Los Angeles 1630AM

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS is a broadcast project by Sam Rowell.
Each edition is mixed live on the air.