An “equipment malfunction” led to a brief interruption of President Barack Obama’s speech during the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night as it aired on the Miami PBS station WPBT2, a station official said Thursday.
The malfunction happened at the programming hub in Jacksonville causing the station’s “Pioneers of Television” series, which looks at television celebrities over the years, to cut in, said Jeneissy Azcuy, director of communications and outreach for WPBT2.
Azcuy said the interuption was a matter of seconds and was fixed as soon as it was discovered.
Manita Brug-Chmielenska, who lives in Northeast Miami-Dade, said she watching the speech when suddenly she saw what “looked like a comedy routine” in midstream.
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“I thought I accidentally switched the station,” she said. “I just couldn’t tell what it was.”