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A Rarity For Houston TV @ KPRC-DT

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Something you just don't see anymore, here in the 21st century. Channel 2 has lost power and is experiencing flooding at the SW Freeway studios, resulting in the station going completely off the air. Instead of simply closing up shop and calling it a day, Ryan Korsgard is at the TX site, with a laptop to his side, the camera hooked up directly to the transmitter and a mic in his hand. No commercials, no frills, and no thrills. KPRC is truly "live and local" on this historic inclement weather day. A big ovation is truly deserved for the KPRC staff, and especially Ryan Korsgard, for the tireless effort to get the very latest flood information out.

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Yes very interesting I saw that this morning first they had those color bars. Then later they started transmitting live from outside.

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I'm not sure exactly what time they lost power, but it was sometime after 9am. As mrtejano posted, they ran the color bars screen for around an hour until Ryan could get set up at the TX site. That live shot from the transmitter carried on for about an hour, until a temporary live feed was capable of being broadcast from the studio with Britta Merwin, Owen Conflenti, Rachel McNeil, and Jennifer Reyna passing a single mic back and forth amongst the 4, while relaying information from their cell phones and a couple of battery powered laptops. Additionally, both 2.2 ThisTV and 2.3 Heroes & Icons were completely lost in the outage. As of just after 1:00pm, KPRC has restored "normal" news programming on the main channel and both subs have been restored.

 

What an admirable effort displayed by the station. You sure didn't see the "hip" Newsfix crew at 39 making any such an attempt at relaying the crucial and vital information. That fact should certainly be an "Eye Opener" for every single Houstonian.

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I remember KHOU managing to stay on the air even as Buffalo Bayou was flooding out of its banks and into the studios on Allen Parkway during Tropical Storm Allison. They just rolled up their pants and kept the news coming. 

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The power loss cost KPRC ratings BIG TIME.  http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2016/04/ktrk-abc-13-tv-ratings-april-18-2016-houston-flood-event.html

 

Not sure if everyone saw the ratings from Mike McGuff's blog (link added above), but KTRK spanked all of the other stations...BADLY.  KHOU was second and had generally half the viewers of KTRK at any given time.  KRIV's ratings weren't included, but I'm curious to know how they compared. KPRC was in the dust all day.

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