But the conditions we have today we have only 1996 to thank. A year where the FCC made the most socialist decision in it's history ruining radio forever and allowing artificial life support to save the apparently "imperiled" radio industry.
I'd point the finger first at lobbying organizations ... which would have, as first in line, NAB.
In those days some guy from Texas with a few radio stations got WAYYYY involved with the NAB and they loved him. Lowry Mays by name. He went to DC with NAB and convinced all them leg-is-la-----tors that all this change was absolutely necessary for Telecom, and oh yeah, they also need a few changes to radio as long as "adjustments" were in the works. After all that went down, Mr. Mays from Texas had very little to do with NAB any more ... he had other issues on his plate with lots and lots of quick acquisitions.
A few years ago Bill Clinton addressed R&R convention and told the audience that had people explained to him the impact the Telecom Bill would have had on Radio industry he never would have let it go all the way through.
And now this week ... the little ol' boy from Texas is going to be getting his payoff; and all the people in his organization are dealing with all them there "cuts".