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Anchor lashes out at viewers complaining about TV shows interrupted for tornado coverage

Nancy Naeve of Sioux Falls, S.D. station KSFY spoke out on-air after her station and co-anchor received a flood of complaints when programming was preempted for tornado coverage. (KSFY via YouTube)


Sorry, if the pivotal episode of your favorite TV show is on and a tornado warning is issued, TV stations can, should, and will cut in and cut off programming to provide potentially life-saving storm coverage.

Typically, the shows are streamed online, either in real-time or after the fact for your viewing pleasure.

But that never stops some angry viewers from bombarding stations with nasty complaints over missing such indispensable shows as Grey’s Anatomy and Big Bang. They sometimes take the form of obscenity-laden tirades.  Gawker reproduces some of these selfish missives, too profane to share here.

Monday morning, something beautiful happened.  KSFY anchor Nancy Naeve – out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota – spoke her mind on this disgusting practice, after her station received a flood of complaints when programming was preempted for tornado coverage late Sunday:

I tell you what.  Quit calling and ripping Shawn [the meteorologist] for being on the air to save people’s lives. . . . No show is as important as someone’s life.  You aren’t going to go on the air if it’s not important. And people just berated our station for him being on the air.  I tell you what if it was your home and your neighbors, you would feel differently. So please, please don’t do that.  That’s not nice.   .  .  .

You can go to and watch your show.  . . .

We get it.  We get it. You love your show and we love that that you’re watching KSFY. But we love that Shawn was saving lives, literally . . .

Please don’t call and complain.  That’s not nice.

It really gets me mad.


Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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