|Rep. Brian Wallace Angered at Parade Blackout
State Representative Brian P. Wallace was angered and unaware that the St Patrick’s Day Parade was not going to be telecast live on Sunday March 19th.
“I can tell you that I have received a number of angry calls from people who have come to expect the parade to be carried live on Boston television starting at 1:00PM on parade day. They were channel surfing all afternoon trying to find out which channel was televising the parade. The parade was not shown until 9:00PM that night,” Wallace stated.
Rep Wallace began telecasting the St Patrick’s Day Parade live in 1991. He continued doing the parade live until his election in 2002. “I think a lot of people are calling me because of my past affiliation with broadcasting the parade, but I was never notified that the parade was not going to be carried live nor to my knowledge was anyone else. It is quite evident that everyone from Comcast to BNN to the Boston Police are passing the buck as to why it wasn’t carried live, but we need to get some answers so that this won’t happen again.
One of the technicians at one of those channels told me that it is harder to go live now than it was in 1991 which I find that very hard to believe with the technology that exists today, Wallace stated.
“I am angered that many elderly in nursing homes and in their residences could not see the parade live on television. I am extremely upset that Jimmy Kelly could not see the parade and I am angered that nobody even knew. The elected officials were never notified, nor were the local papers were never notified that the parade was not going to be carried live.”