It was very apparent to me that neither Connie Johnson nor Don Snowden understands radio--let alone black radio.
It is not the business of radio to promote artists. That is the business of the artist, artist management and the recording company. Radio's business, black or non-black, is to entertain and to serve the public interest, not necessarily in that order.
Before a station can do either, it must survive. A station can only stay in business if it can attract enough listeners to sell advertisers. The average person will tune in a station because that station airs what that listener wants to hear. If he doesn't hear it, he moves on.
The statement that implied that programmers were influenced negatively by Negroid features infuriated me. Were that true, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Freddie Jackson, Luther Vandross, Natalie Cole, etc., would never have had a record played.