Smoky Hills PBS Affected by Extreme Temperatures

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Not seeing some of the shows on Smoky Hills PBS that you are used to seeing? Unfortunately, Smoky Hills PBS was affected by the extreme weather conditions last week.

Due to a power surge that took place in Bunker Hill on Tuesday, February 16, it caused several issues with equipment within master control operations. Because of these issues, they are currently passing through national PBS programming with no localization. Meaning, no local programs and local scheduling that you enjoy by Smoky Hills PBS. The Kansas Legislature and Doctors on Call programs were also canceled last week due to these issues.

To add to the current situation, on the night of February 17, a water pipe burst at Smoky Hills PBS, damaging more equipment and throwing Smoky Hills PBS off-air throughout most locations. Staff was able to get Smoky Hills PBS back on-air at approximately 7 PM on Thursday, February 18, but still without local programming.

Michael Quade, Smoky Hills PBS Interim General Manager stated, “There is no doubt that these two events are going to impact Smoky Hills PBS in the next few months. What I know for sure is that we have the best staff to get us up and running as quickly as possible. We have received many calls of encouragement over the weekend and we want to thank everyone for the continued support! We ask everyone to be patient as we resolve these issues. We know you love our local programming, and we are working very hard to bring it back!”

It's not clear when all equipment will be back up and running. They encourage viewers to visit pbs.org, SmokyHillsPBS.org or the PBS video app to access programming you might not find currently on-air.

(Information and photos courtesy SHPBS.)

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