While we were enjoying the beautiful fall colors in North Carolina this past week, the folks at WFLA were having a terrible day.
A computer board failure at the Tampa station led to a disaster of the Monday 5pm newscast. The station lost graphics and audio communication between anchor Stacie Schaible and the control room. Schiable dubbed the event on Twitter as #equipmentmeltdown.
Florida News Center readers tell us that Schaible anchored the newscast from an office chair inside of the newsroom, reading prompter roll for nearly 15 minutes straight. Chief meteorologist Steve Jerve followed Schiable with an extended weather forecast. The 5:30pm newscast was replaced with a hurricane special.
WFLA news director Bill Berra told TVSpy.com that “it took engineers a while to root out the cause of the failure and that Stacie (Schaible) did a very good tap dance under the circumstances.”