10 Years After The Terror Attacks, Radio Remembers 9/11
September 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM (PT)
SUNDAY is the 10th Anniversary of the SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001 attacks on THE U.S., and radio stations across the country are honoring the memory of those who lost their lives on that tragic day in various ways. Here's a roundup:
CITADEL Talk WABC-A/NEW YORK's 9/11 anniversary coverage will include special editions of the station's weekend shows. DOUG MCINTYRE's "RED EYE RADIO" will air live from GROUND ZERO, with JOHN BATCHELOR and weekenders ERICH "MANCOW" MULLER, RABBI JOE POTASNIK and DEACON KEVIN MCCORMACK, JASON MATTERA, and RIC EDELMAN also at GROUND ZERO. BOB GRANT and AARON KLEIN's shows will also be devoted to 9/11 issues, with KLEIN broadcasting from the Israeli/Egyptian border. "9/11 is about rebirth, rebuilding, and the enduring American spirit," said PD LAURIE CANTILLO.
CITADEL Talk KABC-A/LOS ANGELES evening host JOHN PHILLIPS will host a special broadcast live from GROUND ZERO in NEW YORK at 5p (PT) on SUNDAY (9/11), the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. PHILLIPS will broadcast from NEW YORK for four hours, interviewing survivors and analyzing conspiracy theories that have cropped up in the aftermath of the attacks.
GREATER MEDIA radio stations across the entire company will remember the victims of 9/11 and will salute first responders-including law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical personal and other brave Americans who made a difference when it mattered and continue to make a difference on a daily basis.
ENTERCOM Talk WRKO-A/BOSTON hosts HOWIE CARR and TODD FEINBURG will broadcast live from GROUND ZERO as part of the station's programming for the 9/11 10th anniversary.
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WXKS-A (TALK 1200)/BOSTON morning host JEFF KATZ will also be broadcasting from GROUND ZERO on SUNDAY morning 8a-noon (ET).
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 KDWB/MINNEAPOLIS OM/PD ROB MORRIS told ALLACCESS, "101.3 KDWB aired our tribute this morning right at 7:46a CST, at the time when the first plane hit the first WORLD TRADE CENTER. It is a look back, as well as how our listeners of the TWIN CITIES felt on that fateful day. It ran nearly 24 minutes, without commercial interruption. Special thank you to our Creative Imaging Dir., DAVID 'DIEGO' TOMERLIN, our Digital PD DEREK SPARTZ and our Exec. Producer of the DAVE RYAN in the Morning show, STEVE 'O' LATART for putting this very moving piece of audio and video together." Check it out at www.kdwb.com/pages/911memorial.
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI/DETROIT MOJO In The Morning show and an area fire department teamed up for a special tribute to those who lost their lives in the SEPt. 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks. They released nearly 3,000 balloons at Memorial Park -- one for every victim of the suicide airline attacks on the WORLD TRADE CENTER and THE PENTAGON, as well as the crash in PENNSYLVANIA.
According to ROYALOAK PATCH.COM, a party supply store donated red, white and blue balloons and tanks of helium. The show contacted the FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION to make sure releasing that many balloons would not affect air travel.
The ceremony began at MEMORIAL PARK at approximately 8:45a to coincide with the first network television and radio reports of an incident at the WORLD TRADE CENTER in NEW YORK CITY.
CLEAR CHANNEL Country KNIX/PHOENIX will honor the 10th anniversary of the SEPTEMBER 11th tragedy by holding a “Patriot Day Celebration” on SEPTEMBER 10th. SHOW DOG-UNIVERSAL MUSIC artist JOE NICHOLS will perform at the events.
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WRVW (107.5 THE RIVER)/NASHVILLE is inviting listeners to "Join 1075 THE RIVER and SOLES4SOLES at BRIDGESTONE ARENA this SUNDAY at 2p for a special tribute honoring the victims of 9/11. Please bring gently used shoes that will be used in a memorial and then donated to those in need." For more info, check out 911day.org.
NPR's planned coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will include a week of reports starting SEPTEMBER 5th looking at the events leading to 9/11 and how the attacks continue to impact AMERICA. The network will offer nine hours of special live coverage on 9/11 8a-5p (ET), anchored by AUDIE CORNISH and NEAL CONAN and covering the events at GROUND ZERO, SHANKSVILLE, the PENTAGON and elsewhere.
As the 10th anniversary of SEPTEMBER 11th approaches, ENTERCOM Active Rocker WAAF/BOSTON will pay tribute to the loss and sacrifice that has been endured by our country’s military, first responders and their families since the catastrophic attacks of SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001. In an ongoing effort to share the stories of the servicemen and women overseas, WAAF is sending afternoon drive personality, MISTRESS CARRIE, on a mission to AFGHANISTAN. She will not only lift the spirits of the soldiers, but also share with WAAF listeners what life is like on the front lines .
CRAWFORD BROADCASTING's BIRMINGHAM cluster will air a special in commemmoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "9/11: Never Forget" will be hosted by Talk WYDE-A-F (101.1 FM THE SOURCE) morning host MICHAEL HART.
CPR PROMOTIONAL CONSULTING honcho PAIGE NIENABER shares with ALL ACCESS what some of his client stations have planned:
JB and CAT at KLUC have created an audio tribute that you can link to here.
Several Top 40s are going to acknowledge the day with some imaging. KDWB/MINNEAPOLIS is dropping the music and spots and, starting at 7:46, they’re playing a well produced montage of "Where were you?" featuring moments from listeners and celebrities. There will be a video of it that goes up after the on-air audio runs.
KOB-F/ALBUQUERQUE has video going up tomorrow. Said JUSTIN RILEY, "We teamed up with a local elementary school, party supply store, and the ALBUQUERQUE Fire Department. We used around 200 students to create a human flag. Each student held a red, white or blue balloon, depending on what part of the flag they were representing. They sang "America" and "The Star Spangled Banner" before releasing.
"Where Were You?" Taken To The Next Level -- Starting at 7:46a on FRIDAY and for 102 minutes, KSTP/MINNEAPOLIS is pulling music and spots and running pre-recorded audio from listeners, local celebrities and artists, about their experiences ten years ago. (102 minutes has nothing to do with dial position; it’s how long the towers stood).
A Very PPM-Friendly Strategy -- A very large station somewhere is dropping jocks and contesting for the weekend because with the world focused on this solemn occasion, it would be pretty inappropriate to be doing wacky contesting while a DJ yammers about a club gig.
A Muther Of A Visual -- A Top 40 somewhere is having a designer create two towers built from QR codes that will be on display in a mall. Each code, scanned, will have a name and photo of a victim.
Soldier Salutes -- You can NOT go wrong with honoring soldiers. Which is why WILD/TAMPA set up this link for their listeners to virtually high five friends and loved ones who are serving our country .
Name Scroll -- ALLY REID from CAT COUNTRY/ALBANY figured out the code to make the names scroll. NICK at LINCOLN FINANCIAL/SAN DIEGO got it so that the names will stop when you leave the page but pick up where you left off when you come back. This is the set up for her station in ALBANY and here is WPGC’s version.
Googlizing -- There will be stations this coming weekend where the date "9/11" does not appear on their site or social media. These people will forever be known as fools. I’ve seen artwork for a couple of stations that is absolutely amazing. Ten steps beyond a red, white and blue motif.
Stair Climb -- JOHN & TAMMY at KSON/SAN DIEGO participated in a Fire Fighters Memorial event this past weekend where first responders and the public could tackle climbing 110 flights of stairs at the HILTON hotel. Video will be up shortly.
Military Mami's -- At JAMZ 96.3/ALBANY they’re honoring the hardworking wives and girlfriends of deployed troops, who are holding down the home front.
Heroes Weekend -- I’ve got a great promo from WFLY (FLY 92)/ALBANY where they’ll be airing testimonials from listeners about heroes in their community.
Community Remembrance -- WOW COUNTRY and KIDO/BOISE are doing an event at a park on SUNDAY that will have a giant card that will be sent to the GROUND ZERO MUSEUM. There will be a moment of silence and the rest of the day will be focused on remembering the victims.
Candles -- JAMZ and KISS/BIRMINGHAM are participating in a civic event downtown with the mayor and other luminaries. There will be a rider-less horse, 21 gun salute and a playing of Taps. The stations are providing the nearly 3,000 candles.
Balloons -- KHTT/TULSA is working with the local FOX station for a release of 911 balloons, each with a glow stick, at 9:11p. They’ll have "Where were you?" calls all weekend and songs that they’ve turned into tributes with audio from 10 years ago.
And Even More Balloons -- 97.3 THE EAGLE/NORFOLK is doing a Freedom Fest event on SATURDAY. They (with the help of the Governor and artist PHIL VASSAR) will be releasing 3,213 balloons, each with a note inside.
The Human Balloon Flag -- On THURSDAY KOB-F/ALBUQUERQUE will be at an elementary school where the kids will line up and hold red, white or blue balloons over their heads, and on cue (after a photo from a firetruck extension ladder, these will be released.
The Heroes We Forget -- RADIO ONE/RICHMOND on the air, on-the-web and on-site in the community will be honoring the people we kind of take for granted, like cops and firefighters and EMTs. They’ll be going out to police and fire stations all weekend.
The Field Of Flags, Or, The Healing Field in SALT LAKE CITY. -- KZHT will be out at a civic memorial where 3,000 flags are laid out in a field and you can wander through and get a sense of the enormity of the loss. THE WOLF/PORTLAND is at its local version of this and Y-98 and FRESH/ST. LOUIS are participating in "A Night To Remember" at FOREST PARK -- 3,000 flags on three-foot poles and at the base of each, a photo and bio. There will be speakers, a police band and then a candlelight vigil.
And finally, Radio's Best Friend, ART VUOLO, has created a tribute that you can download here.