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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Payola again?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2006 at 8:59 AM

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Say it ain't so. Radio jocks are taking freebies in return for playing certain music? Surely not in Arkansas. Anyway, says the LA Times:

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday launched formal investigations into pay-for-play practices at four of the nation's largest radio corporations, the biggest federal inquiry into radio bribery since the congressional payola hearings of 1960.

Two FCC officials with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed that the agency had requested documents from Clear Channel Communications Inc., CBS Radio Inc., Entercom Communications Corp. and Citadel Broadcasting Corp. over allegations that radio programmers had received cash, checks, clothing and other gifts in exchange for playing certain songs without revealing the deals to listeners, a violation of federal rules.

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