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Technical Difficulties

WGN AM Anchors Resort to Written Messages After Station Loses Audio

WGN_audioChicago CW affiliate WGN had a 20 minute window where the anchor’s mics didn’t work, leading Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten to find creative ways to communicate.

During a live shot at around 7:00 a.m., reporter Nancy Loo tossed back to Potash, but Potash’s mic wasn’t working. Since Loo’s mic was the only one that worked, she was left to let the viewers know what was going on in between extended commercial breaks.

Potash and Baumgarten spent the time flashing written messages to the viewers. Baumgarten wrote “Now’s my chance to dance!!” and Potash wrote one that said “Boss said ‘Hey let’s get a cheaper audio board. No one will notice.’”

“We have been silenced,” said Baumgarten after the station fixed the issue nearly 20 minutes later. “That has never happened to us before.” Watch the video after the jump. Read more

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WTWO Knocked Off the Air By Lightning Strike

Terre Haute NBC affiliate WTWO was knocked off the air last night by a severe lightning strike, according to a statement on the station’s website.

The station returned to the air around 11 a.m. Tuesday after being out for approximately 17 hours. WTWO directed viewers to sister station WAWV, the ABC affiliate in Terre Haute, during the signal disruption.

“WTWO’s signal has now been repaired. Thank you for your patience after we suffered a lightening strike yesterday,” the station wrote on Facebook. [h/t NewsBlues]