Did $8,000 in gear keep KCTV from recovering KU-MU feed?

The general manager at KCTV Channel 5 wanted to blame CBS for the station’s inability to recover the lost signal from the Kansas-Missouri basketball game on Saturday. “The network simply made a mistake,” G.M. Bobby Totsch said in a message posted on the station’s website.

Totsch’s story is undercut by the fact that engineers at other CBS affiliates in Jayhawk/Tiger territory turned the right knobs and found the game’s conclusion. WHB 810 host Kevin Kietzman talked with an engineer at WIBW-TV in Topeka who suggested that KCTV5’s incompetence kept it from reconnecting with the feed before it was too late.

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