December 06, 2010

Political Radio Moment of the Day

On Michael Smerconish's radio show one day last week, they were debating the new law, recently passed by Congress, which will make it illegal for TV stations to play TV commercials louder than normal programming.

The debate was about 50/50 between whether the law was necessary or Congress wasting time, until one caller had a different take: "They're making our TV pictures smaller!," he said. "Why, there's big black bars at the top and bottom of the screen!"

Smerconish didn't have the heart to tell him. I had to have that conversation back when I was a video store clerk and VHS letterboxing was relatively new, but that was in 1996.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 6, 2010 04:35 PM
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