Broadcast glitch leads to re-airing of council meeting

2013-03-30T11:46:00Z Broadcast glitch leads to re-airing of council meetingCathy Ingalls, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald
March 30, 2013 11:46 am  • 

A portion of the TV picture and sound broadcast of last Wednesday’s Albany City Council meeting failed for an unknown reason, said city spokeswoman Marilyn Smith.

“According to two viewers, the audio failed just as Councilor Bessie Johnson started to read a hand-written letter about coal trains,” she said. “The picture went out for about five minutes. It came back on, but the broadcast had no audio for the rest of the meeting.”

Smith said the audio and video equipment was working fine at the city’s end.

“We suspect it was a Comcast problem but won’t be able to find out for sure until next week,” she said.

A video of the meeting is scheduled to run on Comcast Channel 28 at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 31, and at the same time on Tuesday, April 2.

Smith warns that the audio quality might not be as good as it should be.

The video is also available on the city’s website,, and can be seen anytime.

Mayor Sharon Konopa said she was sorry that viewers missed seeing and hearing the meeting where Albany’s bond counsel told how case law and the Oregon Constitution define debt.

Harvey Rogers, a Portland attorney with Hawkins, Delafield and Wood, offered his opinion as to how the city could proceed in its day-to-day operations based on voter approval March 12 of Measure 22-117.

Rogers was on hand to help city officials try to clear up the confusion surrounding the words “debt,” “debt extensions” and “electors” that appear in the measure.

The city of Albany is in charge of programming for the TV channel and shows city council meetings live.

Broadcast of the council sessions was to begin with the Jan. 23 meeting but a power glitch occurred and the first showing of a live council meeting was delayed until Feb. 13.

Cathy Ingalls

Cathy Ingalls is the city government reporter. She can be reached at or at 541-812-6094.

Copyright 2015 Albany Democrat Herald. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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