Well, Rush Limbaugh, Ryan Seacrest, and Bob & Tom might take exception with this position. As would anyone employing a modicum of logic. Lost in musicFIRST's desperate attempt to shake down the radio business is any accountability of how much artists and musicians have benefited from their symbiotic relationship with radio over the decades. The free promotion - for music, concerts , and everything else put out by the record labels - over the years is incalculable.
Has the recording industry suffered through some difficult years, especially given the ham-handed way it has dealt with digital music? Of course. Every traditional media business - radio included - continues to navigate through the techno universe, trying to reconfigure its model in order to best adapt to the change.
Continuing to take radio to task, blaming it for its troubles, and trying to leverage the Clear Channel sale as evidence they're getting the royal shaft demeans whatever argument musicFIRST may have had.