9/11 Reflections | THIRTEEN

9/11 Reflections | THIRTEEN

9/11 Reflections | THIRTEEN

As we approach the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, it can be hard to believe the decade has passed 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.


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.

Poetry - Restrepo Ortega | Documentaryist
Time is the shock wave, the tide that up and down, Time is the word, written, heard, read thought, murmured, longed, dear. Time is to know that with every day everything changes and grows. > Time is the imagination, the perception, the mood.

Shortly after the attacks, we summarized 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 were 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 : 30 pm on THIRTEEN; 10 pm 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 screened live on a large screen at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center (Sat 10th, 7:30 p.m.).