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Radio Rookies - Joey Rizzolo

From: WNYC
Series: WNYC 9/11 Anniversary Programming
Length: 07:02

Joey Rizzolo was six years old when he watched the events of September 11, 2001 on TV, while folding laundry with his grandma in his living room.

9_11_group_small FREEDOM WALK
Joey Rizzolo was six years old when he watched the events of September 11, 2001 on TV, while folding laundry with his grandma in his living room.  At the time, Joey didn't understand the larger meaning of what was happening - all he knew was that planes had hit buildings.  When, at 11 years old, he started to understand a little better what he saw, Joey decided to initiate a Freedom Walk to help residents of his town, Paramus, NJ, remember and honor the victims of 9/11.  Joey continues to organize the event with a committee of teenagers, who carry out all the fundraising, publicity, and logistics. Last year's Freedom Walk drew almost 1,000 people.    

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Piece Description

FREEDOM WALK
Joey Rizzolo was six years old when he watched the events of September 11, 2001 on TV, while folding laundry with his grandma in his living room.  At the time, Joey didn't understand the larger meaning of what was happening - all he knew was that planes had hit buildings.  When, at 11 years old, he started to understand a little better what he saw, Joey decided to initiate a Freedom Walk to help residents of his town, Paramus, NJ, remember and honor the victims of 9/11.  Joey continues to organize the event with a committee of teenagers, who carry out all the fundraising, publicity, and logistics. Last year's Freedom Walk drew almost 1,000 people.    

Timing and Cues

Length to SOC: 6:10 (plus a music trail of star spangled banner to 7:02) Out cue: "For WNYC, I'm Rookie Reporter Joey Rizollo"

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Growing up in New York after 9/11, many young people were forced to grapple with the ramifications of the attacks. An estimated 3000 lost a parent; others had to move out of their homes or schools. Radio Rookie Joey Rizzolo grew up in Paramus, New Jersey and - though 7 people from his suburban town died - he was not personally affected. But years later, September 11th came to define his life. Here's the second in our series of stories about growing up after 9/11.

OUTRO:

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