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Q104 Jock Maria Milito Led Listeners Through ‘Very Emotional’ 9/11 Coverage

As we’ve highlighted over the past several days, throughout September 11, 2001, people were inundated with coverage on their televisions and radios. 

But that radio coverage was not only found on news stations, and within news departments.   

At Classic Rock station Q 104.3/WAXQ, midday disc jockey Maria Milito was starting her day just as millions of others were forced to abruptly end theirs.

FishbowlNY spoke with Milito for our continuing series–9/11: New York Remembers.

“I walked to work while it was happening,” Milito says. “So I didn’t know what was going on.”

Before leaving her home on the West Side for the Midtown studios, Milito had only a slight inkling of trouble brewing, when she learned that a plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m.

But, Milito set out on her 20-minute walk, not giving it much credence—believing it was a rare accident, perhaps caused by the pilot having a heart attack.

“I kept hearing sirens and alarms, and [seeing] all these ambulances,” Milito recalls. “It was just too much at the same time.”

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WLTW Maintains Number One in January Ratings, WCBS-FM Closes Gap

It’s still WLTW/Lite FM looking down at the other radio stations. While the January Arbitron ratings show Clear Channel’s Lite FM keeping its number one position, the station did lose some of its gusto from the Christmas survey.

Lite FM scored a 6.8, although not as impressive as the 12.3 during the holiday period.

WCBS-FM, kept at arm’s length, registered a 5.2 (up from 4.8) for second place.

Perennial number three, WHTZ/Z100 jumped slightly to 4.7.

All-news sister stations WCBS-AM and WINS make big gains. WCBS went from a 3.5 to 4.4 in this ratings book, while WINS saw positive improvements from a 3.2 to 4.2.

WKTU wedged between the newsers, slipping to a 4.3.

Citadel-owned WABC also saw nice gains (3.7 from 3.0).

Tropical WSKQ dropped off to 3.3 from a 4.0 the previous month. However, Univision’s WXNY edged up .4 to 2.9.

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Former Hot 97 Programmer Tracy Cloherty Joins BET

Veteran radio executive Tracy Cloherty, who made her mark as Emmis VP of Programming, is headed to BET.

Hot 97 evening DJ FunkMaster Flex, wrote on his website today:

“Congratulations to Tracy Cloherty on her new position…VP of Talent at BET!!!!–Funk Flex”

Most recently, Cloherty moved to CBS Radio, joining K Rock/WXRK as program director in 2007. Surprisingly though, by 2008, Cloherty was out, along with those in-charge at WCBS-AM and WWFS (Fresh).

Cloherty is a graduate of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.

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