Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ had to get creative when a water leak ruined its chances of airing its 5:00 p.m. news Friday night.
“Normally at this time, we would be bringing you Channel 2 news First at 5:00,” anchor Kelly Dudzik told viewers. “Now unfortunately tonight, we can’t do that. A pipe burst in our control room, damaging the equipment that allows us to bring you the news.”
The station then went to taped programming to fill the time on-air and broadcast news via a live stream from its website. At 6:00 p.m., the station aired a rough newscast with Dudzik in the field and reporters doing live hits from the newsroom. At first, Kevin O’Neill had to use a whiteboard to show his forecast. But later in the newscast, O’Neill was back inside using weather graphics on a large monitor.
At 9:57 p.m., the station let viewers know they were back on-air and showed a picture of what the control room looked like.