(April 10, 2002) -- An apparent equipment goof at the conclusion of a prestigious election night telecast resulted in 4th district Councilman Dennis Carroll being unceremoniously cut off in mid-sentence by an infomercial for a penis enlargement product.
The technical snafu came at the finish of Charter Cable Channel 3's "Decision 2002," a post election discussion hosted by Mike Murchison. The show's panelists, Councilwoman Laura Richardson-Batts, Councilman Dennis Carroll and Planning Commissioner Chuck Greenberg had spent several hours providing post election analysis and comment.
Approaching the show's conclusion shortly before midnight, host Murchison turned to Councilman Carroll for his "final thoughts on what you've seen tonight, the overall election results as we see them here..."
Councilman Carroll was building up to what sounded like a big finish, saying the evening had been "history making in a sense for the City of Long Beach without question. We've had the first opportunity to see whether..."
And "Decision 2002" was abruptly cut off.
Something caused viewers to be switched to the concluding moments of an informercial for "a truly amazing product for men. No matter what size you are, just take two...capsules a day and in a few weeks you'll be 25% larger and experience greater pleasure..."
"Decision 2002" did not return.
Unlike the election results, the advertised product offered customers a complete refund "if you don't see real growth and increased pleasure..."