Are you insane, or joking? I hope it's the second...
Hopefully, its not either one. I'm making the point that there are many, many more signals (and jobs) than there were in 1985. Back then, there were, what, 6-7 viable FMs? Z-93, 94-Q, 96 rock, v-103, b-98 (which was in its infancy as a legit station and called FM99), warm 100 and maybe there's another obvious one I'm forgetting. Now, there are triple that number on the FM side alone.
The Atlanta radio market grew in great measure. That's all I'm saying.
I also wouldn't think, using your example, that there were 10-12 inflation-adjusted on-air positions at each station making $75,000.
Z-93, 94Q, Peach 94.9; 96Rock, Fox97, B99, Warm 100, Kicks101, Lake 102, V103, WALR104, Y106,
That's 12 right there. The other "viable" FM's I assume you include in today's list were already on the air in 1985. 955 The Beat was WNGC Athens. Hot1079 was Z108 in Macon. Rock 100.5 was WHMA in Anniston, AL. 97.5 was WKUE in Fayetteville. Viva 105.7 was WCHK in Canton. Sure, at the time they were not considered "Atlanta" stations, but they were all fully operating stations with live 24/7 programming, and thus, full time jobs in radio. That takes us to 17.
The truly NEW signals since then are limited to 107.5, 105.3, and 96.7 (signed on in 1985, incidentally).
1985: 17 FM signals
2009: 20 FM signals
That's not exactly "many, many more stations." And consider the fact that this new total includes simulcasts, major cluster consolidation, a high-percentage of out-of-market syndicated shows and voice tracked dayparts, the total number of specifically "on-air" jobs is likely less than half of what it was in 1985. That's not even beginning to account for the loss of jobs in management roles. In 1985 every single station had a Program Director, Production Director and Promotions Director, and many had News Directors too. It's almost always the case today where a single person handles that role for several stations within a building's cluster. Probably only 30% of the the jobs from 1985 that still exist in those areas.
We haven't even STARTED talking about the AM stations - most of which are exclusively programmed with sydicated or national programming.
Bottom line: To suggest in any way shape or form that more opportunities exist for employment in Atlanta radio today vs. 1985 is completley laughable. Either you simply don't care about the truth of this situation, or you simply have absolutely no firsthand knowledge of business in this market and therefore no idea what you're talking about. Either way, the thought that you are encouraging people to invest in a career in this field based on this dishonesty/ignorance is a pretty scary thought.