It is commonplace for a local television station to break into programming and alert viewers when a violent storm is approaching. In fact, telling people to move to safety when dangerous conditions are in the area is expected and considered to be part of a station’s responsibility to the community it serves.
However, not everyone appreciates this public service, especially when it interrupts the season finale of his or her favorite TV show.
Sunday night, during a violent storm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, area, KSFY-TV weather anchor Shawn Cable broke into prime time programming to warn viewers to take cover as a tornado had been spotted on the ground:
The televised warning proved to be helpful for one local viewer who saw the report and called to warn her daughter and granddaughter of the approaching twister.
Deb Davelaar actually credited KSFY’s report for alerting her to the tornado’s presence. However, not everyone was as grateful as Davelaar. The ABC affiliate was reportedly deluged with phone calls, emails and Twitter postings complaining about the station’s decision to break into the finale of “Once Upon A Time.”
The next morning, as KSFY’s Sean Cable was reporting on the storm and Davelaar’s story, his co-anchor could not contain herself. Nancy Naeve ripped into the people who reportedly called and complained about the station breaking into the previous night’s programming.
“Quit calling and ripping Shawn for being on the air to save people’s lives!” said the visibly angry Naeve, adding, “No show is as important as someone’s life.”
“I tell you what, if it was your home, your neighbors, you would feel differently,” she said. “So please don’t do that. That’s not nice.”
After the rant wrapped up, Cable can be heard calling for a “high five” as they transitioned to the next news story.
Many loyal KSFY fans reached out to Neave via Twitter to show their supporter, and she was appreciative of the love:
— Nancy Naeve (@NancyNaeve) May 13, 2014
Watch the anchor chastise the complaining viewers:
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