WGN Morning Team Tests Pictionary Skills After Station Loses Power

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Getting through a morning show can be tough enough, with early call times and long hours spent on air.

But on Thursday morning for the WGN Chicago crew, it was nearly impossible. At 5:40 a.m., the station lost power and had no audio or video for 45 minutes.

The team headed to the newsroom where they found one operating camera—but without access to any video and audio from their news segments, they couldn’t do a news broadcast. So they played a live game of Pictionary instead. Really.


Soon, #WGNMeltdown was trending on Twitter.

“To be honest, this looks like a bad karaoke night where one of y’all decided to sing ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by Human League,” said an affiliate producer in Kansas.

Just before 6:20 a.m. the show was up and running again.