Palmer picture lacking on HTS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Home Team Sports viewers eagerly awaiting a look at Jim Palmer yesterday afternoon got just that -- but not the one they wanted.

Because of transmission problems, HTS didn't have a live picture of the Baltimore Orioles-Boston Red Sox exhibition game from Florida until 1:37 p.m., roughly a half hour after the game started. When the live picture came on, Palmer was a few pitches away from completing his two innings of work.

HTS was carrying the game to cover the return of Hall of Fame pitcher Palmer. With no live picture, HTS showed a still picture of Palmer and broadcast the audio of announcers Mel Proctor and John Lowenstein.

HTS had contracted with Hughes network for game coverage, HTS spokesman Scott Broyles said, and Hughes had trouble sending its signal from Florida. When HTS learned of Hughes' problems, Broyles said, it contacted Boston's WBZ-TV, which was set up to beam highlights from the game.

But WBZ also had initial transmission trouble, similar to Hughes', and couldn't get on-line until 1:37 p.m.

HTS taped the entire game, and after its conclusion, replayed Palmer's 38-pitch effort.

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