4 Radio Firms Commit Airtime to Indie Labels; Reach FCC Settlement

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4 Radio Firms Commit Airtime to Indie Labels; Reach FCC Settlement


Byline: Kara Rowland, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Kill Rock Stars, Appleseed Recordings and Fatboy Records may be coming to a station near you.

Four major radio companies have agreed to set aside more than 4,000 hours of free airtime to independent record labels, representatives from the broadcasters and labels said yesterday.

In a separate deal, Clear Channel Communications Inc., CBS Radio, Entercom Communications Corp. and Citadel Broadcasting Corp. also reached a $12.5 million tentative settlement with the Federal Communications Commission, according to company and FCC officials.

The agreements, first reported yesterday by the Associated Press, are intended to deter what is commonly known as "payola" or "pay for play," in which a radio station provides airtime to a record company in exchange for money or other goods.

Payola has been around for decades and was outlawed in 1960, when Congress passed a law making it punishable by a $10,000 fine and a year in prison. The term itself is a contraction of "pay" and Victrola, an early record player.

The monetary settlement with the FCC is part of a consent decree that has yet to be voted on by the full commission, sources said. It was reached at the same time broadcasters committed to providing 8,400 half-hour segments of airtime to small record labels and unsigned artists.

Broadcasters do not admit fault under the FCC deal, which calls for stricter oversight of their interactions with record labels. Some of the new requirements would include a limit on gifts from record companies; a special hot line for employees to report violations; and a fleet of compliance officers to monitor stations, which would list all items of value received from record companies in a database.

Of the four broadcasters involved, Clear Channel and CBS Radio own stations in the Washington area.

"While no violations were found, we are pleased to announce that Clear Channel has agreed to settle this long-standing payola investigation with the FCC," said Andy Levin, Clear Channel's chief legal officer. "Separately, the company is pleased to announce we are reaffirming our commitment to new and emerging artists by committing a significant amount of airtime to music performed by unsigned artists."

Clear Channel owns several local stations, among them WIHT-FM (99.5) and WASH-FM (97.1). CBS Radio, whose roster includes WJFK-FM (106.7) and the new WTGB-FM (94.7), declined to comment. …

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