On September 11, 2001 I had been at my new job with a CBS affiliate in Minnesota for only a few weeks.
Minutes after arriving at work someone burst into my department (Creative Services…the people who make commercials) telling everyone that the first plane hit. We carried on with our normal activities (breaking news is nothing new to tv people and it was thought to just be a horrible accident). Then when the second plane hit I went into the newsroom.
When the plane hit the Pentagon I returned to my department and urged everyone to come into the newsroom…since there was still a plane in the air (the one that would ultimately go down in Pennsylvania)
Television stations get live feeds from New York and I’ll never forget standing in front of the wall of screens watching everything unfold. Alarms from New York were going off all morning with updates, and because New York took control of the airwaves we had nothing to do but sit and watch.
I got to see all the live feeds from photogs on the ground (things that weren’t let out to the public) and it was horrible. As crazy as it sounds, what you all saw on your tv’s was the “sanitized” version of what photogs were capturing on the ground.
God Bless everyone who was directly affected, and never let us forget the events of that horrible day.