HOT FLASH DEPT.: The new issue of...

HOT FLASH DEPT.: The new issue of R&R;, scheduled to appear Friday, has another front-page Case editorial. It acknowledges: "For all our effort, we screwed up. . . . Clearly our timing was off. The last thing that those in charge needed to hear was an idea, which if taken to its extreme, would further weaken the foundations of our relationship--not our intention."

Case told Calendar: "We felt the proposal was a way of test-marketing a product, not a suggestion that record labels buy thousands of hours of air time. Our problem wasn't whether the idea was good, bad or indifferent, but that our timing was off."

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