During last night’s airing of Jeopardy our automation computer that runs the playlists for KTVZ and KQRE had a hard drive failure. This system is built with a backup drive and the computer was able to right itself after a few seconds. However, there were some missed spots and the timeline was off by a minute or so. Because the timeline was off, the end of Wheel of Fortune was clipped.
This system, along with most of our equipment, runs 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week/ 365 days a year. Equipment failure is inevitable. We here at KTVZ do our best every day to minimize the effect of these outages on our viewers.
For those viewers who want to know… the contestant on Wheel of Fortune did not win the million dollar prize. He won $40,000, which in my opinion is still a nice chunk of change.