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77 WABC Host/Reporter Rita Cosby called “Ralphie Tonight” for a special edition of “Weekend Scoop.” Cosby recalled covering the September 11 tragedy for Fox News and breaking the story that Osama bin Laden was the mastermind behind the attacks.

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BONUS: Here’s my first ever national cable news report. This is from the fall of 2006. I was a senior at Syracuse University and Rita was an anchor at MSNBC. Small world, eh?

Jason Sagebiel fought in the Iraq War as a scout-sniper for the Marine Corp. Upon returning back to the states, he released that during combat he suffered a brain injury. Sagebiel rebuilt his cognitive skills by re-learning to play guitar, an instrument he knew since age 13. He now runs Sage Music, a school in Long Island City that combines traditional music education with special focuses on psychology and health.

Sagebiel talked about his unique story in an interview that aired September 11, 2013 on “The Ralphie Show.” To find out more about his school and their free summer concert series in Long Island City, click here.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year’s, and is right around the corner. So, here’s a Kosher-friendly spoof of the summer’s biggest song. Mazel Tov!

Here’s another spoof, this time paying tribute to outgoing Apple creator Steve Jobs with a parody of Jay-Z’s “What More Can I Say?” off The Black Album.

And speaking of Jay-Z, if you missed State Farm’s Spike Lee-directed commercial for September 11, continue scrolling and hit play.

I kind of went a little crazy earlier over 80’s icon Cyndi Lauper messing up the lyrics to the National Anthem on Sunday at the U.S. Open. Some are saying, “What’s the big deal?”

Messing up our National Anthem is enough of an embarassment. I’m sorry, but not knowing the correct lyrics on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, during a 9/11 ceremony, in New York, is inexcusable. End of story.

Everyone has a different method for coping with tragedy. Some pray, some rest, others show a range of emotions.

For the most part, I usually turn to some type of work for dealing with the negative. My thought is that taking negative energy and creating something positive with it is a win-win situation. You’ve coped with the issue while still accomplishing something good.

As an acne-faced junior at Niagara Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Niagara Falls, NY, I watched in disbelief on September 11, 2001 as the second plane hit World Trade Center II. I was in social studies class at the time, and thankfully despite the order from school officials, Mrs. Bryk turned on the TV so her class could see what was going on.

When I went home, I was glued to Peter Jennings on ABC News. I was also well-versed in TV PCI Cards – a piece of technology that allows you to hook cable in to your computer for viewing and/or recording. I was capturing bits and pieces of press conferences and footage, eventually editing it all down and producing two separate pieces on the event – basically montages of video from the day.

A year later, as a senior and Student Council President, I wanted to put together a piece more moving. I taught myself Adobe Premiere and produced the following. We showed it school-wide on the one-year anniversary of the attacks, and after I signed up for a YouTube channel in college, I thought it might be a good idea to upload it.

Since my days at Niagara Catholic, I have continued to use Adobe Premiere. Everything you’ve watched from me since was edited using the software.

There are far more inspiring, profound stories of courage after the attacks of 9/11. But for me, the attacks inspired me to push my boundaries further and create more. After all, as we’ve been reminded time and time again, life is short.

please, make sure to take atleast a moment today to remember those who lost their lives on september 11, 2001. the innocent civilians – the first responders… we must always keep those who died on 9/11 in our thoughts and prayers.

everyone remembers where they were on september 11. you don’t remember what you ate for breakfast yesterday, but you can recollect your entire itinerary on that tuesday. for me – i was a junior in high school at niagara catholic in niagara falls, ny. i remember watching it all on television… those images will always remain engraved in my mind.
my senior year of high school – for the first anniversary – i edited together the following piece.


god bless.

it is one question that everyone has the answer to.

“Where were you when you first heard about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001? “

third period of the day during my junior year of high school was always interesting, to say the least. the class was chemistry, taught by a guy named greg garzon. mr. garzon personified the word “character.” he wasn’t your stereotypical chem teacher, one who would scurry about in a long white jacket with goggles seemingly glued to his/her eyes. but garzon did know how to befuddle his students and at times, get a little rise out of them.

seriously though, greg garzon is another blog posting.

nonetheless, that tuesday, neither the lecture nor garzon could snag my attention. when i attended class in high school, my attention-span would rarely if ever follow long, much less stay for the entire period. certainly i was no stranger to daydream-land.

but i pulled a u-turn out of there when sister joyce spoke over the loudspeaker (i went to a catholic, co-ed high school). sister announced to the school that a plane had hit the world trade center. details were still unknown, but to please keep those who have been injured and killed, as well as their families and loved ones, in our prayers. the school then recited a hail mary.

by the time i reached fifth period, the second plane had collided with the other major tower of the wtc. coincidently enough, it was history class. our teacher, mrs. bryk, allowed us to watch cbs for updates.

i’ll never forget the first time i witnessed footage of that second plane hitting. the entire scene looked surreal – straight out of a dramatic film. if only that was the case.

all of the specifics unfolded within’ the next 24 hours – the two other sites where planes crashed, the hijackings, the terrorism-connection, the intention to hit the white house.

president bush gave, in my opinion, one of his most important and influential speeches of his term that night on national television. his reassurance that america would flourish, and seek out those responsible, struck a cord with all of us – who were so desperately searching for answers.

as i watched peter jennings so eloquently deliver one of his finest newscasts (read: day-long shift) as a broadcaster, i channeled my fear, anger, anxiety, and hope through my most familiar channel.

i can officially say that it was the events on september 11th that led me to pursue an interest in creative and digital video editing. my first two videos were produced within 48 hours of the attacks. about a year later, i worked on a piece that to this day, brings about goosebumps.

it is one question that everyone has the answer to.

“Where were you when you first heard about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001? “

third period of the day during my junior year of high school was always interesting, to say the least. the class was chemistry, taught by a guy named greg garzon. mr. garzon personified the word “character.” he wasn’t your stereotypical chem teacher, one who would scurry about in a long white jacket with goggles seemingly glued to his/her eyes. but garzon did know how to befuddle his students and at times, get a little rise out of them.

seriously though, greg garzon is another blog posting.

nonetheless, that tuesday, neither the lecture nor garzon could snag my attention. when i attended class in high school, my attention-span would rarely if ever follow long, much less stay for the entire period. certainly i was no stranger to daydream-land.

but i pulled a u-turn out of there when sister joyce spoke over the loudspeaker (i went to a catholic, co-ed high school). sister announced to the school that a plane had hit the world trade center. details were still unknown, but to please keep those who have been injured and killed, as well as their families and loved ones, in our prayers. the school then recited a hail mary.

by the time i reached fifth period, the second plane had collided with the other major tower of the wtc. coincidently enough, it was history class. our teacher, mrs. bryk, allowed us to watch cbs for updates.

i’ll never forget the first time i witnessed footage of that second plane hitting. the entire scene looked surreal – straight out of a dramatic film. if only that was the case.

all of the specifics unfolded within’ the next 24 hours – the two other sites where planes crashed, the hijackings, the terrorism-connection, the intention to hit the white house.

president bush gave, in my opinion, one of his most important and influential speeches of his term that night on national television. his reassurance that america would flourish, and seek out those responsible, struck a cord with all of us – who were so desperately searching for answers.

as i watched peter jennings so eloquently deliver one of his finest newscasts (read: day-long shift) as a broadcaster, i channeled my fear, anger, anxiety, and hope through my most familiar channel.

i can officially say that it was the events on september 11th that led me to pursue an interest in creative and digital video editing. my first two videos were produced within 48 hours of the attacks. about a year later, i worked on a piece that to this day, brings about goosebumps.