Thursday, May 19, 1960: Payola

Following congressional hearings the year before, eight disc jockeys (included the famous Alan Freed, left, credited with inventing the term "rock and roll") were arrested and charged with accepting money and gifts from record labels to play certain songs on their radio stations. The term "payola" is a combination of the words "pay" and "Victrola."

* More about the payola scandal: @ and @
* Alan Freed website: @
* More about Alan Freed: @
* Federal Communications Commission's payola rules (enacted in 1960): @ and @

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