[JPL] FCC Payola Probe Widens

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Thu Apr 20 14:20:53 EDT 2006

Do any of you who've been knights of the turntable as long as I 
remember being required by management to sign a pledge to report any 
gifts valued at more than $10?  (in 1960 dollars!)   Actually $10 
bought a pretty nice lunch then.

Now that payola is back in a different form, it seems greed survives if 
little else does.


On Thursday, April 20, 2006, at 09:04  AM, Jae Sinnett wrote:

> -------------------------------------------
> 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
> POWDERSPAM at aol.com wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>> 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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