Squirrel might be to blame for blackout of 'NYPD Blue' (SK?)

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Squirrel might be to blame for blackout of 'NYPD Blue'

News Staff

Fans who tuned in to watch NYPD Blue on Tuesday night only to see a blank screen won't get to see the episode anytime soon.

They may have a squirrel to blame for the snafu.

The transmitter for KMGH-Channel 7 blew a fuse moments before the start of the popular ABC series on Tuesday, taking the station off the air for nearly two hours.

Early speculation centered on a squirrel trying to jump between two lines, instead causing them to cross.

"We don't know if it was a squirrel, but something caused an arc between two lines in the transmitter and that blew a fuse," said Diane Mulligan, KMGH news director.

KMGH has a direct feed to AT&T cable, so much of Denver still saw the series and the local news that followed at 10 p.m. However, those viewers without cable didn't get to see the show, and Mulligan said the station can't rerun the episode since it technically already ran in the market.

"Right now there are no plans to re-run it, but a great many viewers did see it," she said. "It's an ABC product, and we're not in a position to rerun it."

January 27, 2000

-- Homer Beanfang (Bats@inbellfry.com), January 27, 2000


...hope squirrel king has an alibi..........

-- Hokie (Hokie_@hotmail.com), January 27, 2000.

He DOESN'T WANT an alibi, hokie!

Don't you realize by now that THIS IS HIS MISSION?


-- FM (vidprof@aol.com), January 27, 2000.


-- justme (justme@myhouse.com), January 27, 2000.


-- Hokie (Hokie_@hotmail.com), January 27, 2000.

Interrupting NYPD Blue!!!!!! This time that critter has gone too far.

-- Mara (MaraWayne@aol.com), January 27, 2000.

I thought the running gag about squirrels was just a joke until I read this. I will tell you one thing: Just be glad ferrets aren't able to go feral. Civilization would fall in one day.

-- Kyle (fordtbonly@aol.com), January 27, 2000.

Just one of the "soulless minions of evil with black hearts of coal". Don't let the cute fuzzy-tailed rodents lure you into their hypnotic gaze!!

-- Steve (hartsman@ticon.net), January 27, 2000.

HaHaHa!!!I, the mighty Squirrel King, with the help of My Minions, have struck a mighty Blow against you furless pink and brown Apes!!!Be aware!!!I am Never Far from Striking Distance!!!Long Live the Rodent Revolution!!!

-- The Squirrel King (StillNuts@upina.Tree), January 28, 2000.

See, NOW do all of you believe me? I told you I had to have Ameritech come out because there was static in my phone lines and a squirrell HAD eaten thru the wires..... Now I dont feel so bad.

-- consumer (shh@aol.com), January 28, 2000.

Hate to say it, but in the near thirty years we've lived at this address, we have had numerous fried squirrel outages. We'll hear a loud boom and the power goes off. Hubby goes out to the street and checks in the direction of the explosion and usually finds one of SK's buddies toasted on the ground. Guess it's an occupational hazard of being a squirrel terrorist.

-- Lurkess (Lurkess@Lurking.Net), January 28, 2000.

Heeheeheeheeheheheheh, Steve, love your pics 'n stories ;^)

-- kamikaze nope (happy@daze.are.here), January 28, 2000.

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