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Monday, April 18, 2016

KPRC 2 back on air after power outage; explains what happened

KPRC Channel 2 blackout situation explained

This morning's severe weather and flooding knocked KPRC2 off the air. The technical difficulty was the result of a power outage. While power outages are not uncommon, the station usually seamlessly switches to their backup generator and it is unnoticeable to the public. In this instance however, there was literally a "perfect storm" of circumstances due to the construction of KPRC2's new facility.

The building is being built on their current property in Sharpstown, and it is believed that this caused a disruption to the normal flood mitigation. The result led to flood water submerging the transfer switch to the backup generator.

"The safety of our employees is, and always will be, our top priority," said KPRC2 VP/General Manager, Jerry Martin. "Once it became apparent that electricity could pose a safety threat when attempting to switch on the back-up generator, it was an easy decision to wait until we could get an electrician through the flood waters to properly handle the situation."

The station continued to deliver constant news and information the entire time via and social media. "We were never out of touch with the people counting on us to stay safe," said News Director, Rhonda LaVelle. "TV is just one of a wide portfolio of options that we deliver content, so we found ways to deliver critical information when it was needed."

As one dedicated viewer posted on KPRC2's Facebook page, "There has got to be some kind of special Emmy for the coverage by Channel 2 right now. Facetime, iPad & a remote transmission vehicle. Call it the MacGyver Award.” (Kristy Beins, Monday, April 18, 2016, 9:25AM)

"I can guarantee you we are in detailed and urgent conversations with the civil engineers and general contractor hired to construct our new facility to ensure flood mitigation does not cause an issue like this again," added Martin. "When deciding where to build our new facility, we weighed options that were less flood prone. Ultimately, we decided we are committed to Sharpstown and to making this area vibrant, and this does nothing to change that."

Centerpoint Energy has restored KPRC2 back to full power. The station continues to be 100% operational and a second backup generator has been installed.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by KPRC 2)


  1. KHOU and KTRK owned KPRC all day. It was like watching the Harlem Globetrotters (KHOU and KTRK) vs the Washington Generals (KPRC).

  2. I had KHOU on all day.

    Was so into the Greenspoint story with KHOU and don't think the other stations were out where the one issue was taking place.

    But Kudos to KHOU for doing what had to do there and nice to know why KPRC was down. Didn't know they were till a certain time today when usually watch something on KPRC as don't usually watch them.

    But do agree with the Construction and all Safety is a factor and more

  3. A few weeks ago, KWGN-KDVR utilized the #NewsOffTheGrid approach, when gale force winds caused a power outage. The Denver stations creative services department drew over-the-shoulder graphics, and meteorologists had to draw weather maps and 7-day forecast on posters (old school type approach) to make up for the lack of graphics, and not having a backup generator.

    I can't tell if KPRC utilized that type of approach... the only difference was being knocked off the air, and unable to use its generator.

  4. KPRC did a FANTASTIC job today!!! And yes, I have to admit that I was switching back and forth from 2 to 11. But given the circumstances that channel 2 had to face. They did a great job,!!!!!!

  5. I just want to say that all the KPRC people did a great job, but I was most impressed with Ryan Korsgard out at the transmitter. He kept talking the whole time, continuing to work from his cell phone and a laptop. I was very impressed!

  6. I see that KPRC has their phone bank on air today. I know someone who participated in those KPRC phone banks in the past. She said no one ever called. Maybe a handful at best. But when KPRC cut away to the phone bank studio before gong to a commercial, they made the phones ring so she and others would answer and appear busy.

    1. your totally wrong, whomever gave you that information has never did a phone bank at KPRC.

    2. 100% true story, sadly. It was an officemate who volunteered there a few times with co-workers. Once, she and others who were on a volunteer project came back the next day and to a person agreed on three things.
      1. Emily Aiken was cool when she stopped in.
      2. Linda Lorelle was a snot when she stopped in.
      3. One phone rang twice with a real caller. But whenever they went to a commercial, they rang all phones so people would appear to look busy.

      Oh...and it's "you're", not "your". You must be a KPRC online editor with your grammar skills.

    3. I'm watching Andy Cerota interview a Red Cross and a Reliant person by the phone bank people now. The phones rang and volunteers were in them when they went to Andy, but NO ONE who answered a phone spoke or wrote down any information. They just kept the receiver on their ear until the interview was over. Anon may be on to something!

  7. KPRC has always been special to me. From way back when they were in the quonset hut. When Steve Smith and Larry Rasco were there. And my dear neighbors Ron Stone and Doug Johnson which made Houston feel like the small neighborhood where you knew everyone. And after a hard days work helped me to relax. They would be proud to see how the new staff has taken on the passing of the baton.

  8. How did AhNoShe's Rusty get hired as an anchor at KPRC?

  9. They did a great job with what they had to work with. When they came back on around 1 p.m., it looked like the mid-60s with the plain bluish background. The morning bunch was doing the best they could with 1 microphone and dying cellphone batteries.

    1. They are a pathetic gaggle of egomaniacs. Keep Britta. Lose the rest. Nothing but overpaid and undertalented a$$holes.


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