Sep 11, 2011

Antenna mast section from World Trade Center heading to museum to honor engineers

A portion of the main antenna mast recovered from the rubble of the North Tower of the World Trade Center will go on display next year in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to honor broadcast engineers killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. WNET was on the tower, and the station lost engineer Gerard "Rod" Copolla on that day.

After the 9/11 attacks, the charitable arm of the Society of Broadcast Engineers created the Broadcast Engineer Relief Fund to help the families of the six engineers who died. “With donations from many members of SBE, and vendors and industry foundations, we were pleased to send checks of $42,500 each to every family… without any strings attached,” SBE President Vinny Lopez told Radio World. “Every penny [raised] went directly to the families.”

PBS programming wins 10 Creative Arts Emmys

PBS won 10 statuettes at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Saturday night (Sept. 10) in Los Angeles, including Outstanding Nonfiction Series for American Masters. The American Experience presentation of "Freedom Riders" won three. The Creative Arts Emmys honor technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production — art direction, cinematography, hairstyling, makeup, music, picture editing, sound editing and mixing, special visual effects, stunts and more. Here's a full list of winners (PDF).