Radio as we knew it is gone, probably forever. Doubt we'll ever see live jocks 24/7 again - live 12/5 is probably the new reality.
A recent Forbes article titled "The Worst Jobs for the 21st Century" indicates that given the current radio environment, we can see a 5% reduction in employment for announcers by the middle of the next decade. While not surprising, this strategy is just wrong - perhaps good for the bottom line in the short run but bad for John Q. Public. Remember the times when radio served the public as a public trust?
Anyway, Cox Radio and others want advances in technology and consolidation to continue along the way it's going. Perhaps, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
While I've pretty much thrown my hands up at the overall ineffectiveness of the FCC, there is on the table a possible ruling by them regarding unattended radio (automation). Here is the link in case you are interested. http://www.rwonline.com/pages/s.0049/t.6992.html
Let's keep our fingers crossed some degree of life can be brought back to radio and to attract talent back to it. The big guns will fight this but even if there is compromise, things will certainly be better than they are currently.