Infinity Recognizes 9/11 With Tributes

Infinity Recognizes 9/11 With Tributes
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Infinity Recognizes 9/11 With Tributes

Infinity Broadcasting will offer its 183 radio stations programming to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The programming will include an address by New York Gov. George Pataki, news coverage of the ceremonies at Ground Zero from Infinity New York radio stations WINS(AM) and WCBS(AM), and a list of suggested songs. These items will be offered to all Infinity stations as a means to complement their localized 9/11 coverage. In addition, through an agreement with sister-company Westwood One, stations will have access to the company's syndicated programming, including CBS News, Fox News and CNN, among others.
"So many Americans turned to radio a year ago to follow the news of that tragic day and the emotional stories that followed," said John Sykes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Infinity Broadcasting. "We feel it is our responsibility to provide our listeners with the same comprehensive coverage as we recognize this important anniversary."
A partial list of appropriate songs being played on Infinity stations includes Alan Jackson's "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning," Aretha Franklin's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising," U2's "One," Five for Fighting's "Superman," and Ray Charles' "America The Beautiful."
Infinity stations across the country will pay tribute to the anniversary by broadcasting local events related to the Sept. 11 anniversary, including fundraisers, blood drives, public service announcements, and interviews with local firefighters, public officials and civilians affected by the tragedy, among many other tributes.


Tips for Planning 9/11 Anniversary

Vallie-Richards Consulting has offered its radio clients ideas for planning coverage of the anniversary of Sept. 11. The following is excerpted from the company's "Radio Focus" newsletter, with permission.