You’re happily watching TV with the volume perfectly set when the commercial comes on. Suddenly your ears hurt, the baby wakes up and starts crying, your wife is yelling in, “Why do you need to have the TV so loud? Turn it down!” and the neighbors are calling the cops on your disturbance of the peace. And no one seems to understand, it’s not you, it was the stupid commercial, which is 50% louder than the show.
No more my friends! In the best news coming out of Washington in decades, the FCC announced this week that new regulations will require broadcasters to maintain constant volume levels. Unfortunately the order doesn’t go into effect until next December, but at least it’s coming.
We may not have cured world hunger or achieved world peace, but at least I can have peace watching TV. And for that I am grateful. Thank you government.