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We Will Always Remember: 9/11 Programming Guide

On the 10 year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, television is marking the event with a massive outpouring of programming on both network and cable outlets. Dozens of specials and documentaries will recount the tragedy, gauge the fallout and detail the changes that have occurred in the past decade.Here’s a look at some notable programs airing in the coming days. Many will be shown repeatedly, so check your listings (all times are CST):

Sept. 1

“What Happened: The Story of Sept. 11, 2001” — Journalist Linda Ellerbee answers children’s questions about an event that happened before most of them were born and addresses misconceptions. (8 p.m., Nickelodeon)

“Day of Destruction — Decade of War” — Richard Engel and Rachel Maddow analyze how the country has changed in the past 10 years. (8 p.m., MSNBC)

Sept. 2

“Freedom Rising” — Shepard Smith chronicles the building of the new World Trade Center. (8 p.m., Fox News)

Sept. 4

“Heroes of the 88th Floor” — Firsthand testimonials of the rescue efforts in the tense moments before the north tower of the World Trade Center fell. (8 p.m. TLC)

Sept. 5

“9/11: Day That Changed the World” — Martin Sheen narrates this documentary that explores the inside story of Sept. 11 via interviews with Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Rumsfeld, Laura Bush and others. (7 p.m., Smithsonian Channel)

“Children of 9/11” — Intimate special follows a year in the lives of 11 kids who lost a parent during the terrorist attacks. (9 p.m., NBC).“When Pop Culture Saved America” – Documentary looks at how the non-news media pitched in to talk to Americans in the days and months after the attacks. (7 p.m., Bio)

Sept. 6

“Top Secret America” — Journalist Dana Priest examines how a decade of fighting terrorism has reshaped the country. (8 p.m., PBS)

“Footnotes of 9/11” — Drew Griffin interviews eight ordinary people mentioned in the footnotes of the 9/11 Commission report and details their actions that fateful day. (10 p.m., CNN)

“I Survived … 9/11” – Special profiles the stories of 12 firefighters, ambulance workers, defense officials and ordinary workers who went to work at the Twin Towers and Pentagon on 9/11. (7 p.m., Bio)

Sept. 7

“American Greed: 9/11 Fraud” — Special installment examines the lengths some people will go to steal money at a time of tragedy. (8 p.m., CNBC)

“Engineering Ground Zero” — “NOVA” follows the ongoing construction of the 9/11 Memorial. (8 p.m., PBS)

“Saved” — A series about the healing power of animals launches with a look at how the bonds with their pets helped families cope with the tragedy. (8 p.m., Animal Planet)

“Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero” — A re-airing of a “Frontline” report exploring how the attacks affected religious faith. (Check local listing for time, PBS)

“Terror in the Dust” — Dr. Sanjay Gupta delves into the health hazards and emotional trauma that Ground Zero rescue workers face. (10 p.m., CNN)

Sept. 8

“Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11” — Soledad O’Brien profiles the often overlooked female rescue workers who performed heroic duty. (10 p.m., CNN)

Sept. 9

“9/11: The Days After” — Archival footage and numerous sources document the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. (8 p.m., History)

“Dateline NBC” — Tom Brokaw looks back on the events of 9/11 and revisits some people he interviewed a decade ago. (8 p.m., NBC)

“Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience” — Profiles of 40 people who led and sacrificed in the days and months after the attacks. (10 p.m., CNN)

“9/11: Timeline of Terror” — A special that details how events unfolded in real time. (9 p.m., Fox News Channel)

Sept. 10

“On Native Soil” — Kevin Costner and Hilary Swank narrate this documentary that delves into the findings of the 9/11 Commission. (2 p.m., MSNBC)

“Voices From Inside the Towers” — Audio records are used to recount the 102 chaotic minutes before the towers fell. (8 p.m., History)

“The Love We Make” — Uplifting documentary tracks the planning and performance of Paul McCartney’s cathartic benefit concert in Madison Square Garden a few weeks after the terrorist attacks. (8 p.m., Showtime)

“Portraits from Ground Zero” — A photojournalist who had access to Ground Zero following the attacks, reveals the stories behind her photos. (9 p.m., A&E)

“Beyond: Messages from 9/11” – Sept. 11 victims share stories of messages they received from their deceased loved ones. (9 p.m., Bio)

.“9/11: The Days After” – The events of 9/11 are recounted through archival audiovisual materials collected from more than 50 sources, as well as news media and amateur footage. (8 p.m., History)

Sept. 11

“102 Minutes That Changed America” – Without narration or commercial interruption, the show is a seamless historical record that retraces the events of that tragic morning through real-life camera footage from more than 100 individual sources. (History, 8:46 a.m.)

“The Concert For New York City: Ten Years Later” — A re-airing of the benefit concert that featured performances by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Billy Joel and others. (3 p.m., VH1)

“9/11: 10 Years Later” — An encore presentation of the award-winning documentary that contains the only known footage from inside Ground Zero during the attacks. Robert De Niro returns to host the program, which has been updated with fresh interviews. (7 p.m., CBS)

“9/11: In Our Own Words” — NBC News anchors and correspondents recall what they were doing Sept. 11. (7 p.m., MSNBC)

“America Remembers — 9/11” — The “NewsHour” team recaps the day’s observances and examines the impact of the terrorist attacks in different communities. (7 p.m. PBS)

“Making of the 9/11 Memorial” — A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the memorial, from concept to on-site installation. (7 p.m., History)

“The Twins of the Twin Towers” – Explores the personal stories of more than 40 twins who lost their siblings in the attacks. (8 p.m., OWN)

“The New York Philharmonic 10th Anniversary Concert for 9/11” — A “Great Performances” presentation of Gustav Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony. (8 p.m., PBS)

“The Space Between” — A movie starring Melissa Leo as a grounded flight attendant traveling cross-country with a 10-year-old boy who fears for the fate of his father, an employee at the World Trade Center. (8 p.m., USA)

“Rebirth” — Documentary tracks the transformations of five people whose lives were forever changed by the terrorist strikes. (8 p.m., Showtime)

“Dan Rather Remembers” — The former CBS anchor who famously shed tears on “Letterman” reports on how the world has changed in 10 years. (8 p.m., HDNet)

“Remembrance and Renewal: Ten Years After the 9/11 Attacks” — “20/20” looks back on the anniversary and aftermath of the attacks. Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and others report. (9 p.m., ABC)

“Twin Towers” — An Oscar-winning short film about two brothers, a New York City police officer and firefighter, killed Sept. 11. (9:21 p.m., USA)

“From the Ground Up” — Five firefighters’ widows open up about how they are coping with their losses. (9:15 p.m., OWN)

Public Service AnnouncementsTurner Broadcasting System, Viacom, AMC Networks, Discovery Communications and NBCUniversal are among cable firms that have signed on for a new Ad Council campaign tied to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The effort features Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro, who also appeared in PSAs after the attacks to help spur holiday visits to New York City. The multiplatform campaign promoting the National September 11 Memorial and Museum urges the public to “honor, remember and reunite.” Learn more.


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WICT Greater Texas President, Aimee Doane had the pleasure of announcing the 2011 Lone Star Award honorees during the recent WICT Greater Texas “Meet the Operator” event, held at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. The evening was generously sponsored by CTAM, HBO and NBC Universal. These amazing cable industry leaders will be honored at the 4th Annual Lone Star Awards celebration, to take place July 13, 2011 at the Westin Stonebriar Resort in Dallas.

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