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For immediate release
May 30, 2002
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NPR:Jenny Lawhorn,
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World Trade Center and 9/11 Remembered on Lost & Found Sound's Sonic Memorial Project

WASHINGTON DC - New York City's Radio Row forms the first of seven historical audio portraits in The Sonic Memorial Project, a series about the life and history of the World Trade Center airing selected Mondays from June to September 2002 on All Things Considered from NPR News. The program will present Radio Row, a 12-minute feature by independent producers Ben Shapiro and Joe Richman, on Monday, June 3.

Radio Row looks back at the people and stories of the neighborhood that was demolished to make room for the World Trade Center in 1966. Radio was a novelty known to only a few hobbyists when City Radio opened on Cortlandt Street in 1921, but within a few years, hundreds of stores popped up-Ban the Radio Man, Scheck's, Ed Lies-and the six square blocks in lower Manhattan became a bazaar of tubes, knobs, hi-fi equipment and antenna kits. In 1965, the city evicted the storeowners. Their neighborhood was bulldozed to make way for a new development - the World Trade Center.

The Sonic Memorial Project, a seven-part radio series with additional Web-exclusive content, commemorates the life and history of the World Trade Center and its neighborhood through rare recordings, historical records and personal stories. In addition to Radio Row, the series will look at little-known chapters in the Towers' history, such as the story of the Mohawk ironworkers who helped build and later disassemble the Towers (July 1); the young co-eds and the PR man who helped sell the Towers to the public (July 29); and the thousands of sounds and voices that lived inside the Towers (August 26). NPR will present three additional Sonic Memorial Project stories on September 9, 10 and 11, rounding out extensive NPR News coverage of the anniversary of September 11, 2001.

The Sonic Memorial Project features material submitted by people across the U.S. who contributed personal recordings, stories and remembrances by calling NPR's Sonic Memorial Hotline at 202-408-0300 or e-mailing info@sonicmemorial.org.

Spearheaded by NPR's Lost & Found Sound and The Kitchen Sisters - Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, The Sonic Memorial Project is a national collaboration involving more than 50 independent radio producers from New York and around the country, NPR News, WNYC New York Public Radio, Picture Projects, Radio Diaries, transom.org, Sound Portraits, Creative Time, The Museum of Television & Radio, KQED San Francisco and numerous archivists, scholars and organizations. The project is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation.

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