There's never a good time for a television station to lose its signal. The absolute worst time would be during the most-viewed event in TV history. But that's exactly what happened to NBC affiliate WPSD in Paducah, Ky. on Sunday during Super Bowl XLIX. The station serves the 81st-largest market in the country and its viewership spreads across parts of Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. But when a reported house fire in nearby Monkeys Eyebrow (yes, there's actually a place called Monkeys Eyebrow) caused a transmitter to shut down to prevent a power surge or spike, three separate service interruptions occurred during the second half of the nail-biter between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. Viewers understandably were less than pleased.
Anybody else having trouble with WPSD right now? Didn't want to watch the Super Bowl anyways!! #Unreal
— Tyler Brockman (@Bookman45) February 2, 2015
— Erik Sean (@Erik_Sean) February 2, 2015
WPSD failing on big stage, Super Bowl blackouts
— The Greg Dunker Show (@GregDunkerShow) February 2, 2015
— WPSD Local 6 (@WPSDLocal6) February 2, 2015
We're not sure what Wi-Fi is like in the area but hopefully that online link worked. The station investigated the multiple outages further Monday and in a press release, noted a local power company's role in the fiasco. The good news? The station won't carry the game for another three years.