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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

The emotion of 911 tapes

How many of you remember the tragic, frantic and panicked calls from people on the top floors of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001?

Recently, we heard the cries/screams of what prosecutors told us was a young man, Trayvon Martin, in the process of being shot and killed in the background of a 911 call. And now, we have the release of the Sandy Hook calls. Terrified teachers and administrators begging for help as a gunman roamed the halls murdering people.

What I don't understand is why the 9/11 and Trayvon Martin 911 calls were everywhere and accepted as a part of telling the story of those two tragedies, but the Sandy Hook calls are treated with kid gloves.


Because 3,000 deaths are faceless and overwhelming, one death is manageable but 26 people (many of the children) is too painful?

And spare me the fake outrage. In a week where pictures and video of actor Paul Walker's fatal car crash were posted and played ad nauseam, the argument that the release of the Sandy Hook 911 calls would "cause the family pain" falls on deaf ears when we regularly ignore the pain of victims' families as long as there is good video or they were a celebrity.

There are plenty of instances where the release of 911 calls have completely changed the "official" story and or led to new investigations, exonerations and a shift in the narrative of a tragedy.

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant" and I'll side with transparency and openness as opposed to trusting the gatekeepers with what information we, the public, can handle.


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About the Author

I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".


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