'Take Your Kid to Work Day' Causes Dead Air at NPR

'Junior journalist' got to the control panel
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2016 1:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – In a development nobody could possibly have seen coming, "Take Your Child to Work Day" briefly caused chaos at NPR on Thursday when a group of kids got near a control panel. In an email seen by Gawker, an engineer explains that some stations had more than a minute of dead air during a morning newscast when, during a demonstration of studio 42, a "junior journalist" was somehow "able to press the exact sequence, and perfectly timed live insert panel to insert studio 42 into the stream."

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"Labor laws prevent me from actually hiring the kid," but he does have a "bright future," the engineer writes, adding that the outage was "totally and completely" their own fault for not providing enough oversight. "Feel free to giggle at will," the engineer writes. Before the outage, NPR employee Gene Demby tweeted a photo of the kids on the studio tour, adding, "A room full of grade schoolers meets a room full of buttons to push." (Read more NPR stories.)

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