We Interrupt This Program...

posted by Mary Booth - 

Emergency weather coverage? A life-saver or a major annoyance.  There doesn't seem to be any in-between, especially when you look at the comments online during live coverage, like yesterday.

I was appalled.  And no, I'm not going to post what I saw.  It was that ugly.

Of course, I didn't care about sports or racing or any of that.  I cared that my neighborhood was under a tornado warning.  And I really appreciated being told what was happening, where it was moving, and that the massive rain we were experiencing had the potential to be a whole lot more than that.

And I appreciated being able to call my Mom and let her know when her home was in the clear.  

It's apparently a thankless job.  But I'd like to say Thank You.

So for those of you who complain that there's no reason to interrupt your TV viewing, I'll just leave these right here.

I miss the days when they interrupted programming and everyone understood that it was important. Maybe not for them, but for someone.  

And they respected that.  

Or maybe they didn't.  But because we didn't have the Internet, there was no way for them to complain publicly, so most of us were unaware of their displeasure.  They just called the TV station.  Heaven help the news director who interrupted the soap operas. ( I can say that, because I've fielded a lot of those calls.)

Yes, there are TV shows I really like.  And it's no fun when they're interrupted.  But I would hate to find out that I got to watch my favorite show uninterrupted while someone else's home or life were in jeopardy.  

Guess I'm kinda weird that way.  

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