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WSU football documentary

KPTS will broadcast its documentary about the 1970 Wichita State football plane crash at 8 p.m. on Oct. 8.

I spent some time Tuesday morning with Jesse Huxman, Stacey Jenkins and Gabe Juhnke of KPTS. They are part of the crew that hiked up to the crash site in Colorado with three of the survivors this summer. The previews they showed me are fascinating. Listening to the emotions and stories from the players and families turned into a powerful experience for all three. They said many of the people they spoke to had never shared their memories from that October day in 1970.

Many Wichitans are familiar with the photo of Shocker player John Hoheisel walking on crutches for the coin flip before a game at Arkansas (the first game after the crash). KPTS obtained the video footage of that moment from NBC, in addition to some of coach Bob Seaman’s pregame speech.

You can watch previews of Black and Gold here.

As the years pass, the plane crash exists as one of those moments that most Wichitans are familiar with, but the details are lost. This documentary will be an opportunity to refresh memories and educate a younger generation about a day that Wichitans should never forget.

The documentary will be rebroadcast on Oct. 9 (1 a.m.), 11 (2:30 p.m.), 24 (10 p.m.) and 27 (9 p.m.). KPTS also plans on selling DVDs.