To use a weather cliche, it was the perfect storm -- Sunday's outbreak of tornadoes and other severe weather, coupled with an NFL game at the same time on WDRB. And, as always, it put us in the position of balancing our duty to broadcast in the public interest with our desire to keep you entertained.
Even though we continued to show game coverage in a separate box while our meteorologists kept viewers in our northern counties informed about where the most severe storms were headed, a number of football fans still sent angry emails and texts complaining that such comprehensive weather coverage was unnecessary because Metro Louisville wasn't being threatened.
But our coverage area doesn't just include Metro Louisville. We serve the people of 29 counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana who ALL count on us to provide adequate warning when severe weather threatens. These storms killed at least six people in Illinois and had the potential to wreak similar havoc in many nearby Indiana towns like Bedford and Seymour. And while we did get lucky this time, we simply couldn't ignore the threat.
We're always trying to strike the right balance between informing those in harm's way and entertaining those who aren't. If you have a better idea of how we should deal with severe weather the next time it comes up, we'd sincerely like to hear from you now.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.