WKAR plans extensive 9/11 coverage

This was published in the Lansing City Pulse on September 7, 2011.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, WKAR offers special programming airing the week before the anniversary and on the day itself, on both WKAR radio and TV.

This week, WKAR Radio will air reports focusing on local residents affected by Sept. 11. These will include interviews with a Michigan State University psychiatrist and Pakistani Muslim woman who embraced her heritage after Sept. 11, a resident of Lansing who was staying at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and local people who enlisted in the military after the event. The programming also includes a piece on Muslim relations in the area, as well as a visit to Capital City Airport to see how security has changed.

WKAR-TV airs the one-hour special “Engineering Ground Zero” at 9 p.m. tonight, followed by “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero.”

On Sunday, WKAR-AM (870) carries National Public Radio’s live coverage of the anniversary, which includes reports from New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Penn. Neal Conan will host a special edition of “Talk of the Nation” at 2 p.m. for listeners to call in and share their thoughts and memories about Sept. 11. The coverage airs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At 8 p.m. WKAR-TV airs the PBS “News Hour” special, “America Remembers,” examining the significance of Sept. 11 throughout the nation.  This is followed by the New York Philharmonic’s “Great Performances: A Concert for New York.”

— Nicole LaChance

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