KSDK Viewers Lash Out When Weather Coverage Interrupts Belmont Stakes Preshow

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Choose carefully, KSDK.
Which is more newsworthy: severe, dangerous weather nearing St. Louis or the final race in a major American sporting event?

KSDK (Channel 5) chose weather Saturday afternoon as storms brought two confirmed tornadoes into the metro area, including one that damaged several businesses in St. Peters and this one that touched down briefly near Red Bud, Illinois:

The station interrupted its pre-race coverage of the Belmont Stakes, the last in a three-race event that starts with the Kentucky Derby, to update viewers on the extreme weather news.

And that's when the thunderstorms launched a shitstorm on Twitter:

And there's more where that comes from.

Plus, you should see what happens on Twitter when KSDK delays Jeopardy! That and more on page two.

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73 comments
Jan Vogelgesang Settles
Jan Vogelgesang Settles

KSDK is off MY radar.....no pun intended.....that was sooo ridiculous and not necessary!!

Paige Miller
Paige Miller

So ridiculous! I had a couple tornados touch down by my house and I wanted to hear everything I could. What's most ridiculous is that on fox2 there was a split screen. So all you saying "no one else was cutting into it.." They kept the race as well as the storm coverage. I can't believe how ignorant people are.

Greg Bilbrey
Greg Bilbrey

How many horse racing fans that are bitching were in the path of the storm? Those that were like myself were glued to see where it was. As someone who lost our house in last years tornado I can assure you once you get hit and lose everything you have a whole new appreciation of coverage and making sure you and your family are safe.

Rob Bieser
Rob Bieser

In a situation like this, one must err on caution and if it seems like "overkill" then think about it when a storm hits YOUR neighborhood and YOUR home!

Carol Birch Kreyling
Carol Birch Kreyling

She kept mentioning how people were complaining that Channel 5 was interfering with the Belmont Stakes. Well, take a hint! Move into the small portion of the split screen and put the race programing on the big portion, duh. Or run a crawl and interrupt only in dire circumstances. After all, there were 2/3 other stations covering the weather. I like your comment, Sheila Persons.

Melvin Mohn
Melvin Mohn

Just because the storm may have passed your area quickly does not mean the other areas in it's path do not deserve the same coverage. St. Louis TV covers a large portion of Illinois and Missouri. So, yes these stations are responsible for more people than just the whiney people who enjoy watching people torture horses for your entertainment.

Jessica Morse McClelland
Jessica Morse McClelland

I do appreciate the coverage - please understand I realize that lives are more precious than a horse race. However, sometimes it gets too much. The people of Monroe County were treated as they were desolate. Come on - those folks in that area have more money that most of us. They have warnings, and availability to access internet and cable, etc. Plus, the town does have sirens... so yes, warnings are heeded, however, it was a little overkill.

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

All we had to do was to switch to Channel 188; they announced that on the weather show.............

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

I was not happy about the interruption and think it was overdone.   What really burns he is how excited the Prom Mom and her minion seemed to get when there was a tornado in the vicinity of Red Bud.   Almost as if they were happy about it.


Dave Calabra
Dave Calabra

You moroms do realize when they interupt for a tornado, they do it because radar technology makes it possible for people to know exactly if they need to go to sturdy shelter or not. The crawl does not provide the perfect track of the tornado, while staying on saying "its about to cross Harvester road", instead of a crawl which just names cities in the path.

Maria Mees Widowski
Maria Mees Widowski

Pre-race, post-race, and everything. It was 50 miles away after the race and they still cut in, really awful. There is a weather channel and do people not listen to the radio???

Matt Kiefer
Matt Kiefer

We'll I'm sorry for your luck, and yes I did watch the race. Apparently you or the majority of the people on the feed could give a rats ass about the safety and lives of your neighbors. Proves my point perfectly, selfish people...

Heather Silver
Heather Silver

Although irritated, I did understand why they were reporting on the storm....would have better if they would advised earlier about switching to uninterrupted coverage on 133.

Chris Vose
Chris Vose

You watching the Belmont pre show, vs someone dying. People saw the storm coverage BECAUSE IS WAS ON.

Jordan Troy
Jordan Troy

I'm very grateful they broke in. The sirens didn't sound here until it was too late. I got my family to safety because of the "interruption".

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Are you serious? Is this city controlled by a single television station? Was there no other television, internet or radio station covering the weather? Can people not read the ticker at the bottom? Are there no sirens? Also THIS WAS NOT JEOPARDY! It was a once a year event being shown ONLY on this station.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

The other stations were reporting it. We are selfish for wanting to see a once a year race with a chance for a Triple Crown? If you weren't watching the race and don't care about it, why were you watching NBC? CBS and ABC were also doing "severe weather" specials. Also, have you heard of the radio? There is a whole station devoted to severe and emergency broadcasts. You can listen from your basement. There was nowhere else for me to watch the Belmont, other than the internet and anetanna TV- which was not available where I was.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

The FCC requires that stations run an announcement, like a ticker. It does NOT require they interrupt programming for 45 minutes.

Kate Lee
Kate Lee

You can see the radar on an app! When there is a tornado on the ground only miles from my house I like to know specifics.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Sorry, but CBS and ABC were also running the severe weather watch, had you tried changing your channel, and don't you have sirens up there, or is NBC your only severe weather informant? The pre-race coverage and the post-race coverage ARE a big part of the experience.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Well all of the station are guilty of over doing it on weather coverage. It's like they get off on it and sometimes it is irritating

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

BTW, it was not "Ksdk" viewers, it was Belmont viewers- we would have been watching no matter what channel it was on. And we don't want to just see the race, we want to hear what the jockeys and trainers and owners are saying, here about the odds, etc. And to hear what happened after the race. The other tv stations were running the weather, but there was nowhere else to see the race. And it was only severe weather for about one minute of the 45 minutes they were on air nattering about "possible rotation" etc. INFURIATING!

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR REPORTING THIS! Without antenna tv or the internet you could not see any of the coverage of the race, they interrupted their weather report for the race itself and not one moment more. Can you imagine if they had done this during a Cardinals game? There would have been pitchforks! And Belmont comes only once a year! They kept saying "we have to show this, we are required by the National Weather Service". Actually, the NWS requires they run a ticker about it, NOT interrupt a once a year race, and this year, a chance at a Triple Crown winner-- first since 1978. THANKS A LOT KSDK. I hope Belmont is not on NBC next year.

Kate Tabers
Kate Tabers

They wouldn't be mad if there was a tornado heading towards their home now would they? There were people who were in our viewing area, who were in the direct line of these storms, so yeah, it was kind of important to interrupt the pre-show. The weather wasn't bad at my home, but it was at someone else's, so I'm thankful they got the coverage they needed. Also, I hear that the sirens were not going off in time out in St. Peter's and in Illinois.

Dan Delpha
Dan Delpha

There's an app for that. I can access all of the weather information I could possibly need with a few flicks of a finger. I even get notifications if there are warnings in my area. Your services are no longer needed, weather team.

ronaldclements
ronaldclements

I don't know a single person who actually enjoys watching storm coverage instead of scheduled programming. You can break in during commercials and/or run a crawl and still inform. You do not need to spend an hour repeating the same things. Then again, I sort of subscribe to the weather report given in Good Morning, Vietnam - "You got a window. Open it."

Angie Maniaci
Angie Maniaci

The weather updates aren't important enough to interrupt commercial time, though.

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

That doesn't mean it's not an FCC thing. It means KSDK takes its FCC requirements more seriously than some other channels.

Alexandra Lugger
Alexandra Lugger

I'm not going to lie, watching the angry comments come in in real time was amusing. People kept saying, "No other station does this! Ahhhhh!" when in actuality I have seen people do the very same thing to KMOV when they interrupt soap operas to go into Storm Mode many times. Folks are just selfish. They'd be whistling a different tune if the twister was headed their way. A lot of sirens weren't going off around the area, amd television was the only way they'd know of they didn't have a weathee radio. Besides, people were online on Facebook complaining for hours, they could have just as easily gone and watched it live online. Matter of fact, I suggested that and got called an idiot. Real nice, St. Louis.

Chris Vose
Chris Vose

It drives me crazy when they delay or pre-empt Jeopardy for storm coverage. I get angry. But if that coverage saves even one life, it's worth it.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Sigh..people are just incredibly stupid these days.  Whats more important, horses running around or weather that could possibly kill you?

Angie Davis
Angie Davis

Sorry for your race. But I'm happy as hell I got to watch the weather. I was only 10 miles away from that tornado and was grateful I was getting updates. I have 3 kids at home.. I have to protect them ..that's my duty as a mother.. and watching the storm come in was very important..just saying...

John Lupia
John Lupia

It wasn't jyst a horse race. History could have happened. There hasn't been a Triple Crown winner in 35 years. As a person with just a casual interest ( not a fat ass, not a degenerate gambler) it was annoying that KSDK felt the need to break in over and over while other stations were on the air.

Becky Hines-Malone
Becky Hines-Malone

There were no other options to watch the race if you had uverse. There were 2 other channels people could of watched for the weather. If people were that concerned about the weather then why were they on ksdk Facebook page bitching at everyone who wanted to watch the race?

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

Freakin ppl these days - I hate em all! - smh

kerry.manderbach
kerry.manderbach

The "vast wasteland" that FCC Chairman Newton Minow once famously mentioned isn't actually TV programming... it's the audience.

Terry Weatherford
Terry Weatherford

A horse race, really? Weather coverage might seem to get silly at times. But a horse race is important, at all? There is a reason the St Louis Metro area has less injuries and deaths than many other places, like Arkansas...... Sure, you may think it's annoying to hear about Red Bud, when you live in Chesterfield MO. It comes with the territory. Get over it. Are there better options? Possibly. Should every station in St Louis invest millions on practically the same weather equipment? Maybe not. Should we have reporters on the same overpass for puddles and winds and a little snow? Probably not. Big picture - public airwaves, provided to you buy a company that is giving it to you free (yes, there are ads and you pay to companies that provide it to you vs. over-the-air.) Not saying there is a best solution. But, bitching about this because you missed something when the race was not even in progress? Ugh.

Yvonne Mcbride
Yvonne Mcbride

They told you what Chanel you could go to to see the race.charter, Chanel 188. That's what I did..just saying..

Gretchen Neff Piofcyk
Gretchen Neff Piofcyk

Be careful what you bitch for, next time it may be a funnel cloud over your house and you will be glad they covered it. BUT I do think they tend to be really dramatic about the coverage. Sometimes it's hard to tell if they are covering severe weather or we invaded Afghanistan again.

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

Of course the public safety takes precedence over any event, but they just kept saying the same things over and over. the scroll at the bottom of the screen with periodic break ins would have been more than sufficient. Either Chester lied our he doesn't know the rules. I don't think his "i don't know how to help you"comment was professional or necessary. For those of you saying it's just coverage of a house race, you have no idea what you are talking about. It's like saying the super bowl is just a football game. If a lot of people were not interested, they wouldn't show it.

Caitlin MDosz
Caitlin MDosz

The problem is ksdk will interrupt for hours with no new or significant info. If that's the case, they should just post updates on the edges of the screen & periodically interrupt to update the situation & keep new viewers in the loop. Its not creating any value for viewers that are affected to repeat the same stale info for hours without any programming & its very annoying for those who are unaffected & just trying to watch NBC

Kate Lee
Kate Lee

God forbid they interrupt the 5 hours of pre race coverage before a 60 sec race to keep people safe. A race that they repeatedly said they would show when it actually started!!!

Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas

I love it when weather cuts in to programming. It's a fine opportunity to troll the shit out of selfish ass-hats.

Greg Hall
Greg Hall

I love your reference of nigger pease though

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

someone needs to check FCC regs.

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