One of the likely reasons that NBC would pre-feed their soaps was just in 
case a special report came up.

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 2:27:10 PM UTC-5, Jim Ellwanger wrote:
> > On Feb 13, 2018, at 5:30 AM, daniel anderson < 
> <javascript:>> wrote: 
> > 
> > Besides regional football, the morning news shows, which are taped 
> outside of the eastern time zone, but what if there is a special report? Do 
> they interrupted all feeds at once? 
> From my days working in live closed-captioning 20 years ago:  the 
> broadcast networks basically have three feeds for on-air programming 
> (Eastern/Central, Mountain, and Pacific), and special reports would run on 
> all feeds. When affiliates are not taking network programming, they're 
> supposed to always be monitoring the appropriate network feed for their 
> time zone, although much of the time, the network is able to give them a 
> heads-up for a special report a few minutes in advance. (NBC paid the 
> company I worked for to have a live closed-captioner on standby, monitoring 
> the Eastern feed, from 6 A.M. to midnight daily.) 
> Sometimes when a special report interrupts a show, the networks will 
> re-feed it later, for the benefit of affiliates who might have been 
> recording it to broadcast later. (Such as Alaska, Hawaii, and Arizona for 
> much of the year.) 

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