Recalling The 'Devastating Moment' Of 9/11

Andy Dahn
September 11, 2018 - 5:00 am

Chris Pedota/ via USA TODAY NETWORK


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Nearly everyone remembers where they were on this date, 17 years ago, but a member of the WBBM Newsradio team has his own, vivid memory of the attacks on September 11.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, Nick Young was preparing to anchor the CBS Radio Network News in New York.

"At approximately 8:45am, everything changed," he recalled. "I looked to my right and saw on the CNN monitor that there was a World Trade Tower, I didn't know which one at first, but there was a black hole in the side of it."

Moments later, he was speaking to millions: "I went on the air and began to tell people what we knew."

Young reflected on a chaotic morning.

"The people in the newsroom were scurrying around, and it became very quickly apparent that this was no accident,” he said.

It wasn’t until the drive home to Westchester County when it all sunk in.

"I think to all of us that lived there and worked there and called that city home, it was just a devastating moment," he said. "It was so vivid and shocking that it made an impression that goes beyond my ability to verbalize it."

Young said he struggles to look back at the day. When he does, he's proud of how his colleagues responded in the face of tragedy.

"It's at times like that when I think people's real professionalism and real skill and real talent comes to the surface. It certainly did on that day."