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First Ground Zero radio reporter speaks about experience

Glenn Schuck, a news reporter and anchor for the New York-based 1010 WINS, was the first radio reporter to be allowed on the site of 9/11 with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his team on Sept. 12, 2001.

Hailing from New Jersey, Schuck was one of three news reporters allowed on the site of 9/11 on Sept. 12, 2001, to document the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Centers.

Glenn Schuck is a news reporter and anchor for 1010 WINS. He is currently going on his 21st year with 1010 WINS.

“I was the first radio reporter actually there with Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the time in the middle of all of this [9/11 aftermath] and it was horrific, it was terrible. I hope I never see it again, anything like it,” said Glenn Schuck, news reporter and anchor. The experience of reporting the events of 9/11 has left a lasting impact on his personal life and his reporting career.

Schuck has worked in radio production since 1983. He started at Seton Hall University as a college student but expressed an interest in radio since childhood at the age of 12. Schuck started his career as a rock DJ for various popular stations before returning to news to report business in 1995.

In 2000, he began work at 1010 WINS as a reporter, only a year before the terror attacks occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

Glenn Schuck encourages students to find opportunities in college radio, like he did at Seton Hall University. Schuck’s interest in radio has only grown since his college years.

“I get upset, even to this day, that people say you should get over it…’Come on, it was just the World Trade Center’ and I say, ‘Just the World Trade Center?'” said Schuck.

He said that in review of the situation, Schuck wished that he had done “more” with the description and imagery of the event, but the intense emotion of the situation and the constraints of early 2000s technology left him with delivering a basic explanation of the aftermath.

He felt that what he accomplished in the 100 days he reported in the debris of The Twin Towers did not quite encapsulate the full experience as a radio reporter.

“I look back on it now and I think I was just kind of numb. Getting through the days, I was doing the best I could, I couldn’t sleep a lot,” said Schuck.

However, despite the emotional and physical toll of 9/11 on the American people and on himself, the positive effects on the country following the attacks was notable. “It was a great American moment, a great unifying moment. The country came together,” said Schuck.

He said that he keeps in touch with the families of 9/11 victims despite the difficulty still associated with the event. In turn, Schuck’s reporting of the terror attacks on 9/11 has benefitted an HBO documentary and two books regarding the attacks.

Schuck continues his journalism work with 1010 WINS as a news reporter and anchor, filling the 5 a.m to 12 p.m time slot. His current work consists of man on the street reporting spliced with larger events, such as the ball drop in Times Square for New Year’s Eve.

He now resides in Bergen County, New Jersey with his wife and daughter, Eva, and said that he is pleased in his career choice and position.