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.