Storm knocks KENS-TV off air
Heavy storms knocked KENS-TV off the air sometime around 3:40 p.m., blacking out part of the Ellen DeGeneres show and the station’s local 4 p.m. newscast.
However, power returned before “Jeopardy” signed on at 4:30 p.m., causing fans of the popular game show to breathe a sigh of relief — at least for a while.
Before the show ended, over-the-air viewers and DirecTV and Dish subscribers saw this message instead of a picture: “Service will be restored as soon as technical difficulties are resolved.”
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“KENS is on via cable systems,” the station’s general manager Tom Cury wrote in an email, “but the over-the-air system at the tower was also impacted as storm moved through. A team is working on restoring.”
“Everyone inside KENS is safe,” Cury added. “The same for our team out in the field.”
He said it’s “not 100 percent confirmed” but the station suspects “a direct lighting strike contributed to backup systems stalling.
“The team got a limited capability system back on air for the last few minutes of the 4 p.m. news,” he added. “We expect to be back up for a full 5 p.m. newscast.”
As of 5:30 p.m., however, no picture was available to over-the-air viewers or subscribers to satellite systems DirecTV and Dish.