Inaugural Speech Binge

For 51 hours next Thursday through Saturday, over-the-air channel Decades will allow you to experience the past 56 years of Presidential inauguration speeches – although not this year’s address by Donald J. Trump (which will be available ubiquitously elsewhere at noon ET on Friday). During that noon hour, Decades will air President Barack Obama’s two inaugural speeches.

The Obama speeches will conclude a seven-and-a-half-hour block of 14 inaugural addresses running chronologically from President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 speech (“Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You….”). In addition, all the inaugural speeches will be made available for online streaming at starting next Thursday.

On-air, the special programming will also include a half-hour edition of the channel’s flagship series Through the Decades, looking at Presidential inaugurations from Harry S. Truman in 1948 through Obama.

The entire on-air event, hosted by Decades anchor Bill Kurtis, will kick off Thursday. January 19, at 7 am ET, and run through Saturday, January 21, at 10 am.

Visit Decades’ Where to Watch page to find your local station.

Footage of the past inaugural speeches comes from the CBS News Archives. Decades is jointly owned by CBS and Weigel Broadcasting.

And here’s that famous passage from Kennedy’s speech:

(Note: Our featured image is a screen grab from a Decades YouTube video)


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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