[JPL] FCC Payola Probe Widens

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 20 12:04:38 EDT 2006


Ah yeaaaaaa........I remember the days when we in jazz radio, might have gotten a "leather" jacket, Daffy Duck and Bugs umbrella, a cheap very short bottle of wine with a twist off cap, some ridiculously sweet chocolate liquour and maybe.....just maybe......an almost cotton T-Shirt with a photo of an artist we probably didn't care for anyway. Those were the days uh? Never thought I would miss them. 
   
  Jae Sinnett
   

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>>>>>>>>>>> The FCC's new investigation is the largest federal radio bribery
inquiry since Congress opened hearings on pay-for-play in 1960. Those
inquiries resulted in the first federal "payola" laws and killed the career
of famed disc jockey Alan Freed, who pleaded guilty to two counts of
commercial bribery and was fined $300. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<




some of you may have missed this, but Elliott Spitzer, the Attorney General 
of NY who's been at the crux of this investigation (and fined Warner Bros. $10 
mill), recently stated that although he'd been working with the FCC in 
investigating payola, that the FCC had recently gone behind his back and cut 
deals with the rest of the Major labels for a fraction of what WB had to pay 
(which was a slap on the wrist in the fist place). so the question becomes, why 
would the FCC undercut Spitzer's investigation? as Deep Throat said, "follow 
the money." which major corporations made major contributions to the current 
administration in DC? in other words, it's pretty unlikely that much is going 
to change as a result of this FCC investigation.
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