Denver station gets creative after lightning strike downs systems

KUSA-TV in Denver had a bit of a rough Friday night after the station’s tower took a direct lightning strike — but managed to get a newscast out nonetheless.

The lightning strike knocked the station off the air for a brief period, as well as taking the control room and other equipment offline with it.

Not to be deterred, the station still put out a newscast — sans graphics, video or multiple cameras.

Instead, anchors Adele Arakawa and Kyle Clark helmed the newscast from the station’s newsroom using a single camera format. Instead of video clips of the storm airing full screen as they normally would, the anchors held up a tablet to show off imagery.

The newscast, which the station attempted to brand using the hashtag “#9NEWSunplugged,” was certainly not the most eye-catching production but still shows the intrepid spirit to get the news out is still alive and well at TV stations.

Watch clips of the improvised newscast here:

ICYMI: 9NEWS at 10 tonight presented a bit of an interesting challenge. Lightning hit our studio and subsequently killed our control room. A newscast with no video, no graphics, and one camera just takes a little creativity. #9NEWSunplugged.

Posted by 9NEWS (KUSA) on Friday, July 10, 2015