If you’re anything like me, you become utterly nauseous when forced to hear the same, repetitive songs diarrhea spewing from the bowels of mainstream radio, much of it attributed to payola. (How else can you explain why Nickelback gets so much airplay?) However, things are about to change.
As reported this morning by The Associated Press, the four major radio conglomerates in the country – Clear Channel Communications Inc., CBS Radio, Entercom Communications Corp. and Citadel Broadcasting Corp. – have agreed to shell out $12.5 million bucks to the FCC for anti-payola settlements. In addition, another deal was settled to allow more airtime for small indie labels and under-the-radar artists. (More? Was there ever any?)
Either way, it’s a big win for all the musicians out there who really deserve to have their songs on the radio, and for FCC, who, under the pressure of New York Govenor Eliot Spitzer, will come down harder on the stations that adopt the unspoken "pay-to-play" scheme. Sorry corporate radio stations, but what you have been playing really sucks. You deserved a slap in the face. Big time.