A Behind-the-Scenes Recollection

Friday, September 10, 2010 - 10:03 PM

On September 11, 2001, I was home and glued to my TV set, like everybody else. My two main gigs that year were hosting Breakfast With The Arts on A&E and being one of the voice-over guys on CNN. I was not scheduled to shoot for A&E, but I was expected to work for CNN. As the day unfolded it was clear I was not going to get into Manhattan since the bridges were closed. But at that time, I had all the technology I needed to voice for CNN from home. ISDN Lines, still used today, are basically broadcast-quality telephone lines. So late in the afternoon, I was emailed my script and I voiced my pieces. A clip from the night of the attacks is on my web site.

As I watch the clip again it always strikes me how much we knew within hours, like that the hijackers were trained to fly in the US. How did we find that out so fast? Fast forward to today: I got to guest host the Leonard Lopate Show this last week and in one segment we got an inside look at the 9/11 Memorial which is on track to open in one year.


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concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

Was returning from the dog grooming salon after having my cat's nails trimmed. We had news radio on and as we were leaving the car, we heard that a plane had crashed into the Twin Towers. This was about 8:45 a.m. I immediately remembered what happened many years ago when a plane crashed into the Empire State Bldg. My son had a day off and was watching the whole thing. After about 20 minutes he told us, No it is not an accident. Another plane has struck. What a terrible day.

Oct. 10 2010 10:14 AM
lee from Farmingdale,NY

I am a mother of three here in Farmingdale NY.Unfortunately this day reminds me of the song i will remember you by sarah mclachlin. Besides worrying about my children i worry about others and from that day and many that followed
our town has come closer.Even the choral group my daughter belonged to had gotten together at many of the memorials over the 9 years singing that song as I've mentioned .My son turned to the Marines and has ben defending this country for the past 4 1/2 years with a tour in Iraq,and my oldest daughter has just been keeping me sane.This is just how i remember today.

Sep. 11 2010 09:28 AM
mike p. walsh from Colonia, NJ

Good morning. I was pleasantly surprised to hear you read the email I sent on September 14, 2001. I was the one who was on the 64th Floor of the North Tower and had emailed to let you know I appreciated the uninterrupted music. One small correction however. You stated that the author was female. It's no big deal but I am most assuradly a male.


mike p. walsh

Colonia, NJ

Sep. 11 2010 08:56 AM

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