Spitzer Fingers Radio Chain in Music Corruption Inquiry

10 March 2006

    NEW YORK - Attorney general Eliot Spitzer, scourge of America's corporate scammers, on Wednesday accused radio giant Entercom Communications of soliciting money and gifts from record companies in exchange for playing songs on the air.
    In a lawsuit filed at the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, Spitzer's office said Entercom also created programs to sell advertising time to record companies in a scheme that was used to inflate the performance of songs on charts monitored by other programmers.
    Says Spitzer: "The orchestration of the payola schemes from the very top of the company is what differentiates this case."
    The company's most senior officer is president/ceo David J Field.