from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Bribery of an influential person in exchange for the promotion of a product or service, such that of disc jockeys for the promotion of records.
- n. A bribe or a number of bribes given to an influential person in exchange for a promotion of a product or service: "I do not mean to imply that most Wall Street analysts typically receive payola for touting particular stocks” ( Burton G. Malkiel).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bribe given in exchange for a favor, such as one given in exchange for the promotion of goods or services (originally one given to a disk jockey to play a record).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bribe given to a disc jockey to induce him to promote a particular record
It costs too much just when we can't even afford everything the government has already bought and comitted to ... it raises the cost of health care ... and it got this far only because of hundreds of millions of dollars in payola to Democratic hold-outs.
Apparently other bloggers are more fortunate than I, and are cashing in nicely by offering "reviews" of stuff in exchange for payola from the makers and sellers of said stuff.
Anytime I see an article referring to Facebook as an equal to Myspace I immediately suspect payola is involved.
A Fox-news-reading FrontBurnervian passes along the shocking (yet not really) news that payola is still alive and well in the music business.
UPDATE: But according to one of Derek's commentors, payola is even more pervasive in Europe:
"What they call payola in the disc jockey business they call lobbying in Washington."
I guess they did get involved when they outlawed "payola" - the voluntary payment to get songs played on the radio for free.
The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department announced separate settlements of the "payola" - or pay-for-play - charges with the Spanish-language media company late Monday.
Personally I think the CVB should be a regional organization and that Joe would be great at promoting the southern Indiana region, not just a single county of whinners who have nothing better to do then bash a man for all his years of efforts, experience, and proven track record. so sorry, but i dont think you have a clue, ,we have too many political people in this county making money off of our taxes, definetly a conflict of interest .... its called payola or just feeding the kitty
- RIAA members payola is a far more serious problem for the music industry from the people’s perspective and the Justice Deparment does nothing serious about it.