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WKRG Snafu during Auburn-LSU Game
The signal went black. No sound, black screen, but no snow because the station was still on the air. What in the world happened? I have heard that the same thing happened in other areas of the country, indicating that the problem was a network one, rather than a local technical problem.
The loss of signal was for about 7 minutes. Black screen, dead silence, no explanation that I have heard, but I did not get to see the evening newscast on WKRG, where the problem would have probably been mentioned.
In the old, ancient, days of local TV, this could not have happened. The human being called the switcher, would have seen the loss of network signal and thrown up a slide like "network trouble". He would have also probably popped in a tape cartridge with a form announcement like "please stand by". There is no way management would tolerate a black screen being aired for seven minutes with no video or audio explanation for the viewers.
This leads me to believe there was no switcher on duty at WKRG. The switching was being handled by computer, or remotely with no local control or human oversight.
So, Nexstar, or probably one of the predecessor owners of the station, eliminated a human's job to save money. How did that work out yesterday? Not too well!
The ultimate irony: I subscribe to CBS All Access. During the outage, I switched to my nVidia Shield and tried to watch WKRG through that service. Result? Black screen with no audio.
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Last edited by mobilelawyer; 10-15-2017 at 11:29 AM.
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