It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since the death and destruction of the 9/11 attacks. While the terrorist strikes also impacted the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, for New York, the focus was on those twin towers that stood proudly as a beacon of the skyline.
The day was difficult for so many. But beginning tomorrow, we’ll get some insight into how tough it was for those who had to report the news.
FishbowlNY is pleased to give you unprecedented access to the city’s most prominent radio and television personalities with our 16-part series 9/11: New York Remembers.
For the next three weeks, you’ll go to ground zero as reporters work the story amid the carnage surrounding them at every turn.
- You’ll be in the studio as some of New York’s most famous anchors try to instill calm and gather information from a magnitude the likes of which they’ve never seen before.
- You’ll fly across the Atlantic with another anchor, forced to extend a European honeymoon, while finding other ways to remain part of the story.
- You’ll learn about one TV reporter who refused to leave the air for more than 24 hours from a “war zone-like” lower Manhattan.
- You’ll find out how one TV station was first to break the story about a plane slamming into the twin towers.
- You’ll read the account of a chopper reporter who was just seconds away from the plane that would go into the second tower.
- You’ll learn that 9/11 didn’t just impact radio news stations as DJs spun a careful combination of music and compassion.
- You’ll follow a popular sports anchor home from Denver after the freezing of air traffic left him grounded for days.
Some of these talented people have moved on to other stations, while some have retired.
That just scratches the surface. Each day at 11 a.m., we’ll post another broadcaster’s memories of covering and dealing with 9/11.
Then our special 9/11: New York Remembers series concludes with a special edition on Sunday, September 11.
First, some thanks are in order. This undertaking would not get off the ground without the cooperation of the station’s news directors, program directors, publicists, and, of course, the talent.
Please join us each day leading up to the anniversary as some of the city’s most well-known broadcasters share their unthinkable recollections from that devastating day.