New York’s Power 105 Fires PD As A Result Of Payola Probe

The radio industry

in New York is feeling the effects as a result of New York’s Attorney General’s

payola probe.

Power 105.1 FM’s well respected program director Michael

Saunders was fired as a result of the probe yesterday (Oct. 12) for allegedly

accepting various gifts to play records from various record labels, including

Sony BMG.

According to reports, Clear Channel’s Urban Programming

Vice President Doc Wynter will replace Saunders as interim program director.

"We take this issue very seriously and our policy is clear:

If you engage in pay-for-play, you cannot work for Clear Channel," Clear

Channel Radio CEO John Hogan said in a statement.

Spitzer and Sony BMG reached a settlement earlier this week,

agreeing that some Clear Channel radio programmers accepted money and bribes

in return for playing records from the massive label.

Other employees have been disciplined for less serious violations

and Clear Channel stated that all of its stations managers and programmers will

undergo company training on anti-payola policies.

Under federal laws, it illegal to accept money, gifts or bribes

in return for radio airplay.

"Our investigation

shows that, contrary to listener expectations that songs are selected for airplay

based on artistic merit and popularity, air time is often determined by undisclosed

payoffs to radio stations and their employees," Spitzer said. "This

agreement is a model for breaking the pervasive influence of bribes in the industry."

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