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Local Radio Stations Keep Listeners Informed During 9/11 (September 11, 2001)
September 11, 2001

Moment 53: Local Radio Stations Keep Listeners Informed During 9/11

On this day 19 years ago, local radio stations sprung into action to cover the terrorist attacks against the United States. The tragedy demonstrated radio’s importance in keeping the public informed. When internet and cell phone networks went down, radio did not. People relied on radio broadcasts to share news of where needs were most urgent, to learn about the missing or to find out news about their loved ones. Radio broadcasters are first informers and are proud to work hand in hand with first responders in times of crisis.

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