May 19th, 1960, American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.
The post title is a reference to Neil Young's 1988 song "Payola Blues".
"This one's for you Al Freed, Wherever you go, whatever you do
'Cause the tings they're doing today will make a saint out of you...."