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If a Station Went Off The Air and Nobody Was Watching…

July 30th, 2009 by admin · 10 Comments

We heard a funny story this morning.

The “big” storm that hit the East End last night apparently did some damage to the signal emanating from WBKI, the CW station. Around 7:30 last night, viewers were treated to dead air instead of TMZ. A message came on the screen from Insight saying, “One moment please. The channel will be available shortly.”

That’s the standard message provided on all stations when cable service is down. But last night, all the other stations were working.

According to our sources, the message remained on the screen all night. The problem wasn’t discovered by station personnel until they started arriving at work early this morning. We’re not sure when the station came back on, but it was back by the time the morning show came on at 10.

Did anybody else see this? Did anyone notice?

UPDATE: Based on reports from our sources, the outage must have only affected select geographic areas, especially the East End of Louisville. We’re still looking into it.

Tags: CW · TV · Weather · WHAS

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Carter Burger // Jul 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    where is WBKI’s master control now? I know they have moved out of the Alliance Ave location.

  • 2 Carter Burger // Jul 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Oh, and it could have been that people were trying to watch….but since it seems nobody was at the switch, there was nobody to answer the phone when viewers tried calling.

  • 3 Lepus // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Uh No. Master Control is still at Alliance. This was an Insight Cable problem and had nothing to do with the broadcast signal.

  • 4 Lepus // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Oh its Alliant, btw.

  • 5 Clark Embree // Jul 31, 2009 at 3:04 am

    I’ve pretty much given up on ever being able to see WBKI in Portland over-the-air. The old owners didn’t care, and the new ones don’t either, apparently

  • 6 ThisIsVicodin // Jul 31, 2009 at 4:17 am

    I blame Obama.

  • 7 Fire Abramson // Jul 31, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Most Louisville TV could be defined as something to sleep through. At least the Southern Sluts show was intriguing though.

  • 8 Carter Burger // Jul 31, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Ah, Ok. Thanks Lepus for the correction. I was thinking they had already moved out of that building. Any idea when they are supposed to move out and move their master control to Iowa?

  • 9 Nathan Bentley // Aug 3, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Rick, please stop acting so alarmist and get your facts straight before you post. I can understand your frustrations with the CW as of late – but calm down a little. What you have caused here is, a lot of finger pointing in the wrong direction. The MC department for the CW is a hardworking crew and on the ball. You make it look as if we were NOT paying attention.

    I will make it known that we monitor a variety of signals pertaining to our transmission… and we did not know that certain head-ins around town were having an issue with OUR signal. Part of the problem is – we send our signal from Raywick KY – and we always have… but all the other digital signals come from Floyd’s Knobs – basically – the opposite direction. So, if something happens with THEIR reception of OUR signal – we go dark while all other stations stay on. We had a similar issue this weekend – which affected the East end again… and due to this article… a lot of people AGAIN thought that we had stopped transmitting. Again, people started pointing fingers at the MC department.

    I will also make it known that we CANNOT monitor ALL of the different head-ins around town and can only monitor the MAIN Insight feed… which during both of the mentioned events was on as solid as a rock. There are several different places that re-transmit our signal and we can’t possibly know about or monitor them all. No station can.

    Anyway – I’m just a little miffed as I the head of the MC department at CW and I don’t ever want anyone to think that my guys are not doing the best possible job that they can. Sometimes, this kind of blog makes it look like that is the case – when it simply is NOT true… so please Rick, take a moment before blogging and try to get the facts straight.


    Nathan Bentley – Hub Control Manager – WBKI TV

  • 10 Nathan Bentley // Aug 3, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Carter – they are still working on fibre lines – etc… before moving to Iowa. I am sure that something will come out when we finally do move.