More than a generation ago, inventive people with an entrepreneurial spirit, guts, and creativity developed a new kind of medium called listener-sponsored radio.
It was supported initially by donations from listeners, who liked the eclectic programming. It was a labor of love and nobody got paid much.
Eventually someone figured out that this was a public service and government could help fund it.
Over time, it was transformed to the highly professional operation of today, with — surprise — executive salaries.