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Sounds of silence: WFAA8's late night Sat. newscast takes a one-time knockout punch

Several readers have asked what happened to WFAA8's Saturday night local newscast, which already had been delayed until roughly 10:45 p.m. by ABC's NASCAR race overrun.

Basically, the newscast went on, but without audio. Then it went off, never to return. The syndicated Entertainment Tonight instead took over.

"We lost an audio board," WFAA8 president and general manager Mike Devlin said by phone Monday evening. A backup board was in place, he said, "but for some reason that didn't kick in and work properly either. So we were just never able to get a newscast on."

A new audio board has been on order to replace the well-worn existing one, Devlin said.

The station took another hit Monday, when a "significant power loss" punched out both the 3:30 p.m. edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and the opening minutes of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Devlin said.

"It's been a pretty tough couple of days," he said.