Gonzales-Collins Experiences 9-11 Anniversary from Ground Zero

April 08, 2010

Mount Union College student Antonietta Gonzales-Collins, a senior media studies major from Miami, FL, experienced the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. in a unique way ' she broadcast live from Ground Zero.

To help WRMU-FM, Mount Union's student run radio station, with their coverage of the anniversary of September 11, Collins called in to do a live broadcast interview from the site.

Not only did she broadcast live, but she had the opportunity spend the day atop the Rockefeller Center watching her mother, Maria Antonieta Collins, provide live coverage from Ground Zero for her Spanish-language television show 'Cada Dia con Maria Antonieta' on Telemundo, the sister network for NBC.

When Collins' mother got the offer to cover this historic event, she wanted to bring her daughter along. 'She thought it would be a great learning experience since that is what I want to do as well,' said Collins.

During the live broadcast of the show Collins got to experience many parts of the production of a live television show, such as lighting and cue card organization.

Collins also got to wear an earpiece similar to that which the on-air talents wear. 'I got to experience my mom and her co-host basically ad-libbing the entire broadcast,' she said.

In the days leading up to the anniversary date, Collins spent time at the World Financial Center, which also overlooked Ground Zero. While at the center, Collins was able to see her mother interview the Governor of New York, George Pataki. She also saw television crews from numerous news networks like CNN, FOX News and MSNBC.

Collins told stories she heard over her weekend about those who lost their lives for our country.

'The stories would break your heart, but also allow you to see the heroism in people,' she said. 'This whole experience reassures me that this is what I want to do.'

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