Amen, "Phil" Harmonic. I miss the days in R&R where PDs would chime in from around the country touting their discovery of great tracks on the new CDs. How exciting it was to talk about the music. Carol Archer pretty much had no material to discuss, other than the state of radio and the sales side of the format. I had stopped reading almost a year ago because I missed the music talk. Half of the people interviewed in her column would be fired the next week and some of the highlighted stations flipped their format right after the issue went to press. Then you really look into the upbeat talk and great ideas presented in that column right before the flip, knowing they meant nothing. It showed how little anyone really knew what to do. They only had ideas. I remember one article with a PD saying how much the management believed in the format, and that station was flipped the next week and the PD fired. It made the reading experience so unbelievable. You think you're hearing the experts, the ones who know, and they're out the next week after looking so good in the articles. That section was really a waste of space for fans of the format itself and those who are still left in it. You just couldn't believe waht ytou read in the articles anymore. I have all the old issues, glancing at some of them before posting. Read some of the ones from the past year and you won't believe your eyes. Many of those people and stations are gone and the ideas never realized. Like you said Bill, it's really up to us! Go for it!
As far as I was concerned...Carol Archer was a BA mouthpiece, nothing more and nothing less.
I personally gleaned nothing
from her articles or the chart which still holds some tunes over a year old.