VectorX - Thanks for the support.
The sad thing is that radio is and has always been a numbers game. The owners aren't interested in providing exposure for anything unless they can draw in advertisers to pay the bills and to generate a profit. It's a business, nothing more and nothing less.
As a program director, you're only as good as your last ratings period. You can be a hero one month and a piece of sh*t the next.
As listeners, we were fortunate to have David Marsden as a believer who understood that with the right approach and promotion, it was possible to provide an alternative to the "charts" and to create a chart profile that was unique to the station.
We got to hear and enjoy a lot of music months before it broke in the mainstream and was then over-played beyond redemption by the old guard.
It was rated based on whether you wanted to hear it again or not... it was that simple.
The 'politics' (sexual or otherwise) of various artists was never a concern (and nor should it have been) as to the actual musical integrity of the music that was introduced to us by Ivar Hamilton, Eddie Valiquette, David Marsden, Lee Carter, et al.
The other difference is that 20 years ago, life had a slower pace to it and you had time where you could actually listen to the station and the jocks for extended periods, because the music was new and exciting and the announce breaks were informed, enlightening and often hilarious.
Today, the radio is background at best while we scurry about to complete our tasks.
Which is not to say that there isn't a huge assortment of music out there that's just waiting to be heard, but it does not have the forum that it once enjoyed by listeners of cfny, WLBJ-FM in Detroit, and a few others.
The closest thing I've found these days is the NPR station from Detroit (wdet-fm) and BBC Radio 6 for new music. Also, flashbackalternatives.com is a fave for retro.
The reality is that the station has to reflect the changes in the times and that they have to try to position themselves so that they can remain profitable and continue to issue paycheques to their staff.
If you don't like what they're doing, don't listen. It will show in their ratings and then the pressure will be on them to make changes to reclaim their listener base.
The songs of popular music are no longer reflective of social change as they were in the 60's(yes, I'm that old), 70's and early 80's
Perhaps this is cyclical and in another few years there will be an insurgence of music that is different, that will challenge the listener, and we'll have something that will set itself apart from the current offerings on the airwaves.... but I'm not holding my breath.
Here endeth the rant.