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Inside the Payola Scandal

Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 14 January 1988

ROLLING STONE has uncovered details of alleged cash payoffs — payola — to radio-station personnel by the operation of the California-based independent promotion man Joe Isgro. The new information comes to light at a time when independent promotion men — or "indies," as they are called — have quietly regained influence and are once again being paid large fees for getting singles added to radio-station playlists.

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