When I arrived at Warm 106.9 the morning of September 11th, my co-workers and I could just barely keep things together. Being on the air during something so upsetting is a lesson in restraint. Only I had none that day. Having been on the air and reporting on events over the years like the Tiananmen Square demonstrations, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Oklahoma City Bombing, Rodney King Riots, Nisqually Quake, etc...I knew I had to try to not 'lose it' on air. Well I failed miserably. When Tom asked me to jump on the air with him, I burst into tears, so much for professionalism. At noon, we had a moment of silence to remember those that lost their lives and gave the ultimate sacrifice. I did not even try to hide my tears.
It just seemed so senseless, the loss of life and the desctruction. We wondered about a world post 9-11, what would it be like for the children growing up? Eleven years later, in my humble opinion, we are doing pretty well. Today at noon we will have a moment to reflect and remember. Thanks so much for listening.
This is a drawing by James called 'Remembering 9/11' (photo via Flickr/Creative Commons jvh33)