i don't know what you mean by sponsors.
do you mean advertisers? goodness gracious don't make me go there, lol and I don't believe that anyway
i mean there is the independent station but we don't have one that plays much rock
its the corporate overlords even when disguised as 'family owned'
i don't even think payola is as significant as that is a one time pay off. when they only play the crap that the record company who is owned by the same company that owns the stations and most of major media and the big venues so they get into a paycircle____ fill in the blank! they have tokens here and there, maybe p,lay some local stuff blahblah
they overplay stuff and offer little choice and then the listeners think that is all to choose from. unless one is a true music lover and afficianado they don't have time in theri day to look for new stuff. they trust the station to do that for them
i mean really i don't know but if you look into it these are the things they can't hide as well. it all depends on if enough people care and pay attention, particularly the thing about the airwaves. really opened my eyes learning that
and whoever came up with the ratethemusic.com and its playlist request list (i mean i am serious these stations pay this co. and actually have a playlist to make requests from) they are a genius. an evil genius perhaps but they serve themselves so well. seriously if you actually try to get on a listener advisory panel, you won't, i mean if you ever critical of the station. maybe we need to infiltrate that way, yeah i love everything you play, can i please be part of the advisory panel so i can help you justify keeping rock and roll in the crapper?
sorry my blabber infection is acting up
only got through 1 1/2 listens on this thing so far. not sure how i can compare it to the other releases thus far but liking most of it from the first listen