May 31, 2005

Radio Corruption

Have you ever wondered how the large radio stations determine which songs get played and which don't? There are huge stars that will always have their new singles played, but what about everyone else? Just like in any other industry, money talks. It is well known that radio stations take payoffs from promoters to play their singles. The fees per “spin” are paid to program directors (or whoever controls the station’s programming) in cash or money orders. The promoter will ask the person at the station how many CDs they need. Obviously, the station would only need one CD to play the song, but in this case a CD is a one hundred dollar fee. The money can also be transferred through a promotion company (called a quarterback) to make it more difficult to follow the cash trail. A person taking payments can make up to $300,000 in untaxed income. This is extremely unethical and keeps independent music from having an opportunity to be on the radio. This illegal behavior allows big labels to easily promote their new artists to the public and continue to be a dominant force in the music industry.

Posted by lars1396 at May 31, 2005 3:34 PM