do you remember rock n’ roll radio?: report from salon on clear channel communications which quietly acquired over 1,200 radio stations in america, including 247 in the top 250 markets. your favorite local station may now be programmed from hundreds of miles away and the djs may even be in an entirely different city.

do they play hardball? oh yeah. do you not want to cross them? according to the representatives for “two platinum rock acts” whose songs were pulled from their stations, no, you don’t. are you going to pay steeply to get your artist on? yes. combining this with a decrease in commercially available singles, is there any way to tell what songs are really popular in this country? sadly, i don’t know.