Country Music is bigger than ever. In 1985 I was programming New York's only Country formatted radio station, riding the train into the city and as I opened the New York Times, my heart sank. On the front page was a story, "Is Country Music Dead"?

I knew sure as shootin' when I got to the office the company president, Gary Stevens, would want to grill me about that. In just a few months Randy Travis and the Judds arrived on the scene and a tremendous resurgence in Country's popularity eventually led to the 1989 boom of Garth, Alan, Clint and more.

Well, this week the New York Times has struck again, only this time it is a glowing report on the music we all love.