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WNYC Radio Commemorates the Fifth Anniversary of 9/11

WNYC, New York Public Radio is commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a blend of programming that includes personal stories, coverage of public events, and conversations about the legacy of that historic tragedy.

Special Live Coverage

Special live coverage of the commemoration ceremony at the former World Trade Center site on AM 820 begins at 8:30 am on September 11. WNYC reporter Beth Fertig will host, and WNYC’s Richard Hake and NPR’s Alison Keyes will report from Ground Zero.

Regular programming will continue on 93.9 FM during the ceremony, primarily devoted to coverage of 9/11-related issues and stories.

At 9 pm WNYC will provide live anchored coverage of President Bush's address marking the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. NPR's Michele Norris will host.

Concert for 9/11 - Live Broadcast

The Knights The Musicians for Harmony’s Fifth Anniversary Concert for 9/11 will be broadcast live from Merkin Hall, beginning at 7:30pm on WNYC 93.9 FM.

Leon Fleisher will perform a Brahms piano trio with two members of the Guarneri Quartet, while a third member will join the Orion Quartet for a performance of Mozart’s Viola Quintet in G.

Mark O’Connor will present the world première of “Harmony,” his new work for violin and string orchestra with The Knights, and Musique Sans Frontières will be joined by banjo player Tony Trischka for a tribute to homegrown American music – “La Voix de l’Amérique,” featuring two more world premières.

Musicians for Harmony was founded shortly after September 11, 2001, to promote peace and cultural exchange through music.

WNYC’s signature shows will also present programming that explores 9/11 and its ongoing impact through a variety of lenses.

The Brian Lehrer Show
Airs weekdays at 10AM
The Brian Lehrer Show continues its series “What Have We Learned?
9/1 - An examination of Wahhabism, a form of radical Islam
9/7 - A look at 9/11’s environmental impact
9/8 - A conversation with surviving family members
9/11 - A roundtable with spiritual leaders
Listen On Demand: The Brian Lehrer Show, What Have We Learned?

The Leonard Lopate Show
Airs weekdays at noon
9/11 - The Leonard Lopate Show brings together children and teenagers who were at school downtown on 9/11 to share their memories of the day. Also, an interview with Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: al Qaeda and The Road to 9/11 and photographer Joel Meyerowitz, on his Aftermath: World Trade Center archive. Finally, a panel of architecture critics discuss how architecture has changed.
The Leonard Lopate Show

Airs weekdays at 2PM on FM 93.9
9/11 - Today on Soundcheck: the state of the arts five years after 9/11. John Schaefer speaks with a panel of artists and arts activists about how patriotism, censorship, and spirituality have reverberated in New York's artistic landscape. He'll be joined by the New York-based musician and songwriter Suzanne Vega, Robert Hurwitz of Nonesuch Records, experimental theatre director Anne Bogart, and Daisy Khan, Executive director of the ASMA Society, an Islamic cultural organization.

Studio 360
Airs Saturdays at 10AM on 93.9 FM and Sundays at 7PM on AM 820
9/7This week in Studio 360, Kurt Andersen reflects on September 11th and asks the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) about how he’s taking pause as the tragic day’s fifth anniversary approaches.
Studio 360

America and the World since 9/11, from BBC World Service and WBUR
Airs Saturday September 9 at 1PM on AM 820
BBC Special Report - 11 September: five years on

The Price of Security, a town meeting hosted by NPR Senior News Analyst Ted Koppel
Airs Sunday September 10 at 9PM on AM 820
9/10 Five years after 9/11, Ted Koppel anchors "The Price of Security," a town hall meeting from the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.. How does the United States effectively protect the homeland and protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans? A collection of public servents, private citizens, law makers, privacy experts and defense experts will make up the town hall meeting.

Schedule of Ceremony at Ground Zero

Introduction of statewide moment of silence
8:46 AM Moment of silence (observance of time first plane struck North Tower)
(Houses of worship will toll their bells throughout the City)
Introduction of the reading of the names

  • Spouses, partners and significant others begin reading of names in pairs
  • Each reader will read approximately 14 names
  • There will be approximately 100 pairs (200 readers) who will continue until all names are read
9:03 AM Moment of silence (observance of time second plane struck South Tower)
9:59 AM Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the South Tower)
10:29 AM Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the North Tower)

Taps performed by two trumpeters (NYPD and FDNY)
Final music performance