It was a normal Tuesday morning for me on September 11th, 2001.. Spent that morning on a boring conference call with my day-job and then opened my computer to do some work on my side-job with AOL..
17 minutes later I got a phone call from my wife at the time.. She screamed at me and I will never forget.. “A F*CKING PLANE JUST HIT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER!!!” She witnessed it from her office just four blocks from the Towers…. We had no clue what was happening…
A few moments later, while still on the phone with her, Howard and the gang started talking about this and then just a few minutes later, the second plane hit.. This one flying RIGHT OVER her office building right into the second Tower!!
At that point, both of our phones went dead and we could only communicate via ISDN line utilizing AOL to IM with one-another.. What also kept me busy was CNN’s website crashing and AOL being the one to give them our servers to help with the overwhelming demand!!
With hours going by, and me working away transitioning servers to CNN as well as on AOL creating a community (chat-rooms and message-boards) for people to talk about the tragic events of the day, along with IM’ing with the Mrs… I was completely powerless to do anything except to listen to the Stern show and he and the gang completely saved my life – all through my stereo system!
Their coverage along with Chiusano and callers like Mariann from Brooklyn, Cabbie, Goodstein, Ralph, Zolar, Congressman Gary Ackerman and others completely kept me sane and allowed me to do the work on AOL’s servers, make sure my wife was safe and made it home OK!! Howard stayed on till after 12:30PM that day and made all of us feel better!
The next day on 9/12/01, Howard and the gang again did some of the best radio ever discussing the tragedy… With Fred, Robin and Artie making their way into the city and Cabbie, Gary and John all sitting in on the discussion…
September 11th, 2001 will always be etched in our minds and I would like to personally thank my personal hero, Howard Stern for making our lives more livable during this horrific time in our history!
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