this day Alan Freed, a disc jockey, who coined the phrase rock 'n' roll, is arrested,
along with 7 others, on suspicion of commercial bribery (specifically: accepting
payments for playing records on the radio, or payola).
payola scandal had hit the headlines in 1959 and led to an inquiry by
The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission.
in 1960, The National Association of Broadcasters had said that any DJ found having
been paid to play a record would be fined $500 plus a year in prison.
practice of paying for each record play led to some DJ's earning a reputed extra
$35,000 a year, but some record companies complained that the practice stopped
other records being played without a payment which was unfair.