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On Fri, 12 Jan 2001, Dan Billings wrote:

> The people?  The way I see it is that people, represented by the ratings,
> decide what gets on the air in this country.

No, it's the owners of broadcasting facilities who decide such things. 
Listeners have *no* input. As for ratings, many of them contain so much
noise as to be essentially meaningless. 

The consolidation of the industry has brought with it a homogenization of
programming content. As far as I can see this wasn't driven by ratings but
by the desires of group owners to centralize the management of many
aspects of their local businesses.

> The idea of a government agency deciding what someone should broadcast is
> downright scary to me.

To me it's no different from Mel Karmazin deciding what someone should

Rob Landry