SHARE YOUR 9/11 STORY
As we approach the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, it can be hard to believe a decade has passed as our memories can be as vivid as yesterday. For those of us who call the Tri-State area home, we have a unique and deeply personal story to tell. In an effort to capture our story for generations to come, THIRTEEN is seeking your most compelling memories of September 11, 2001 and the weeks and months that followed.
WNET REMEMBERS 9/11
On July 11, 2001, WNET celebrated the installation of its first digital transmitter on Tower One of the World Trade Center with a party at Windows on the World. Two months later, on September 11th, Rod Coppola, a beloved engineer tasked with maintaining the transmitter, was among the nearly 3,000 people killed when the towers collapsed. Our nation, our city, and WNET were changed forever.
Shortly after the attacks, we resumed broadcasting from a back-up tower in New Jersey and began airing New York Voices, Bill Moyers specials, children’s shows about 9/11, and other programs designed to help viewers understand and cope. Pledge phones became lifelines as we donated office space to the Red Cross, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, WNYC, and other organizations temporarily displaced.
Memories of this devastating event still resonate ten years later as THIRTEEN commemorates the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with programs honoring the heroes, victims, and enduring spirit of New Yorkers.
Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall is the setting for Great Performances: A Concert for New York (Sun 11th, 9:30 p.m on THIRTEEN; 10 p.m. on WLIW21). Led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection with soprano Dorothea Röschmann and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung. The free concert will also be projected live onto a large screen at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center (Sat 10th, 7:30 p.m.).
Other highlights include NOVA: Engineering Ground Zero (Wed 7th, 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN; Thu 8th, 8 p.m. on WLIW21), which follows the construction of the Freedom Tower and World Trade Center Memorial; The Second Day (Sat 10th, 2 p.m. on THIRTEEN; Sat 10th, 8:30 p.m. on WLIW21), a film by 14-year-old Brook Peters, who was in kindergarten in 2001; and Metal of Honor (Wed 7th, 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN; Thu 8th, 9 p.m. on WLIW21), a portrait of iron workers who helped in the rescue and recovery efforts.