Monday, May 16, 2011

Shreveport Locals Didn't Even Get to See the David Toms Finish

With the way the Players Championship ended, with David Toms three-putting from 20 feet on the first playoff hole, it was probably better that Shreveport, Louisiana natives didn't get to see it, but at least they could have had the option.

KTAL, the local NBC-affiliate in Shreveport, was blacked out on Sunday for most of the final round of the Players as local boy, and current resident, Toms made a run at the title. People in the Port City were so furious that the KTAL general manager had to release this statement:

On behalf of KTAL, I want to personally apologize to our loyal ArkLaTex viewers for the problem we had bringing you David Toms’ thrilling finish in the Player’s Championship. Like all of you, I was ready to enjoy NBC’s Sunday coverage and root for our home town hero. Instead, some serious technical difficulties knocked us out of the tournament. No one feels worse about what happened this weekend than those of us who work at KTAL. We take our commitment to serve you as responsible broadcasters seriously. A team of engineers have been working throughout the weekend to fix our problem. Here at the station we’ve been answering your phone calls and responding to your e-mails. We understand your frustration. We feel it ourselves.

Over the last few years, we have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in upgrading our television station. More major technical upgrades are scheduled for the coming months. We have come a long way. But today we were reminded we still have a ways to go.

Again, we apologize for our technical problem this weekend. We are working hard to get it fixed, and to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Mark Cummings
General Manager/KTAL

Oh boy. I could only imagine how angry a lot of these fans are. I'm from this area, and if there is one thing the Shreveport people love more than LSU football, it's David Toms and Hal Sutton. Toms making a run there would be the biggest news of the year so far in Shreveport, so for them to drop the ball here is bad, bad news.

If you want a good laugh on this Monday, swing by the KTAL Facebook wall. There are more mad people over there than in "The Daily Show" writing room after finding out Donald Trump wasn't running for president.

Stay hot, NBC.


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