Every generation believes it grew up with the best music, the best radio, and the best culture. I interviewed radio pioneer Hy Brown, who felt that local DJs ruined radio because they killed off radio drama and live music. The boomers all think the era of big AM radio jocks was the best time in radio. But it was killed off by Docket 80-90, personal music devices, and the consolidation of the music industry. It's just a fact of life. Things change. And for some people, any kind of change sucks. You learn how to accept it and deal with it. Nothing remains the same as it ever was.
True, you're correct. And since I'm not only a boomer, but a radio veteran "I" pine for those days because back then the jocks didn't sound like your neighbor's teenager. You had to have talent, a great voice (no matter what your age was) and an understanding of radio. For almost 2 decades I've trained new jocks when they would arrive at my station and as time went on I found I needed to teach even the basics to these new hires. They didn't know squat. Couldn't maintain a program log and lets not even speak of a transmitter log. Deregulation and the abolishment of licensing opened up a whole new era of ignorance and ineptitude. Now, all you need to do is be young and work cheap to get to a major market. And if that isn't bad enough, now the NAB is asking the FCC for more deregulation. The idiots are now running every asylum... Change sucks the most when you can't get hired because the jobs have gone. What's worse, in many cases they don't want you if you are polished and have too big of a voice. So much for having experience and a great track record, now you need to sound unprofessional. Not a problem there, just turn on the radio and you'll hear it.
By the way, TV killed off network radio. Not local dj's, and yes, if you worked in radio back in the AM radio jock days, it was
the best time in radio... I know, I "lived it" during it's waning days... I don't have to like change, but I have adapted and dealt with it, that was taught to me by my radio teacher from day one.