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WYTV Channel 33 cuts power to make electrical repairs



Published: Fri, January 4, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- Football fans may have felt a sense of dread if they tuned in to WYTV Channel 33 early Friday afternoon only to see nothing on their screens. Just two days earlier, a power failure interrupted WYTV's broadcast of the Penn State-Auburn bowl game.

This time, the power outage was intentional and shorter in duration.

Electricity to the station was cut around 1 p.m. Friday so Ohio Edison crews could replace some lines and repair some connections, WYTV chief engineer Bill Lough said. Power was restored around 2:30 p.m.

After Wednesday's outage, workers used a thermal imaging scan -- basically, an infrared camera -- from Dickey Electric that revealed more "hot spots," Lough said. WYTV management decided to sacrifice its Friday afternoon broadcasts to make repairs before kickoff of the Ohio State-University of Miami national championship game.

Some daytime drama viewers watched their favorite shows anyway Friday. Cable customers continued to receive ABC broadcasts through a network feed.

The loss of electrical service also affected WYTV's telephones and computers.




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