“A power outage has caused problems for our signal,” Lexington CBS-affiliate WKYT announced on its Facebook page Wednesday night in the midst of broadcasting a University of Kentucky basketball game. “The problem should be resolved as soon as possible.”
It turns out that the power outage, which knocked the station off the air for around 10 minutes, was caused by an animal gnawing through a power line on the station’s property.
Mike Kanarek, WKYT’s vice president of operations, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the station switched to a back-up generator almost immediately after the animal cut off electricity but it took a few minutes for the transmitter to resume broadcasting.
Kanarek didn’t specify what type of animal caused the disturbance.