If I said "a station in the Lexington market has missing OTA PSIP guide data(...yet again)", ....which station would come to mind first? ...ya think?
Let's see here, I'll try to rule out the often used and typical excuses that have been presented by WKYT's fellow industry SE's(and others) who frequent this forum.
*) Transmitter takes 6-10 minutes to restart? ...nope Not Applicable.
*) Lightening or other 'atmospheric conditions'? ...nope N/A.
*) Lack of backup power source? ...nope N/A
*) Not 'enough time' has passed to call it a 'real failure'. ...I believe 'many' hours would qualify this as a bona fide failure needing attention.
*) They have never been informed by a viewer that missing guide data is a recurring problem? ...nope, they've been informed NUMEROUS times, ...not just the SE but also the SM.
(And why should it take a 'viewer' calling to notify 'them' of an error condition?
*) No SE is present at the time who is 'capable' of monitoring the system properly? ...Bingo! Now there's an 'excuse' I can actually buy into.
There is however someone present to make sure 'Jim and/or Chris the Weatherdude' pop's in with live weather updates ...and, ...there certainly is someone there to update the Church closings on the weather crawl.
I get the strange feeling though, that Sam will 'still' come up with some 'off the wall' or obscure 'excuse' as to why the 'latest' WKYT failure is acceptable.
And don't forget, seeing how 'nobody's life is in danger' due to WKYT's latest failure, ...perhaps it's wrong of me to vent about it in an open forum discussing "Lexington, KY - HDTV".
Time to go fetch the ol' flame retardant jacket and sit back for the reply's.