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September 2, 2017 6:19 pm  #1

Payola follies!

We all know pay for play has been the rule in radio for decades. Aside from 'you can fuck the talent', what was your greatest encounter with this honest profession?


September 3, 2017 2:15 pm  #2

Re: Payola follies!

Not just the music part either.  Numerous occasions when people tried to influence news coverage by offering various incentives.  Some of them even worked at the stations. (Sales weasels trying to get the news department to give prospective sponsors a plug included.)


October 5, 2020 11:57 am  #3

Re: Payola follies!

Some things never change.

From Rolling Stone Magazine:

Pay-for-Play Was Banned From Radio — But Texts Reveal It May Still Be Thriving


October 5, 2020 1:24 pm  #4

Re: Payola follies!

I recall entrants for a cruise contest had their addresses checked out.  I guess the station didn't want  any winners from the wrong side of the tracks!