However, I still can't figure why the radio must be turned off before getting the ladder :-?. Maybe whoever was listening to it may want to resume listening after rescuing the cat. And anyway, I don't see why a radio turned on would pose a difficulty for the rescue (unless hte listener answered somthing like: "Wait a minute, I'm listening to a very interesting interview" and it took about forever for him/her to go get the d*** ladder!;-))
I couldn't fathom any reason for the radio to be turned off so I chose to ignore it and concentrate on the rest!! Maybe the speaker is one of those people who can't do something important (like rescuing a cat) while distracted by a radio or TV etc.
I heard a comedian once make a very funny observation - when we are driving and we realise we are lost, or we are looking for a specific address when in a car, why do we turn the radio down? We do! No-one can explain why but we do it!
I'm easily distracted and frustrated by noise. I turn off the radio when I'm lost so I can concentrate more on what my eyes are seeing and my brain doesn't have to divide attention between eyes and ears. I can play my music freely when I already know where I'm going, because I'm not depending on sensory signals to the same degree.
I interpreted the "turn off the radio line" as "Get off your butt and stop doing what you're doing."