[78-L] Dick Clark gone

Mike Daley mikedaley at gmail.com
Wed Apr 18 13:53:12 PDT 2012

I'm no expert on the payola subject, but if we think of payola as
conflict of interest with financial benefits, then Clark was just as
guilty as Freed. The big difference is that publishing royalties and
share dividends did not make for headlines like cash bribes.

On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM, Michael Biel <mbiel at mbiel.com> wrote:
>> From: mikedaley at gmail.com
>> One of his most impressive achievements was managing to come out of
>> the payola hearings smelling like a rose, while his counterpart Alan
>> Freed's career was destroyed.
> There was a BIG difference.  Clark didn't accept payola payments.  He
> did utilize his connections in the publishing business and record
> companies to include performers and records that would benefit these
> companies, but he didn't take money from the other companies.  Freed
> took money from everybody as well as pushed his way into publishers by
> demanding composer credit.  Clark wasn't squeeky clean -- he was forced
> to sell off his partial ownerships of publishers and record companies
> like Swan -- but he was not as corrupt as Freed, Peter Trip, and others.
> Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com
>> On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM, David Lennick <dlennick at sympatico.ca> wrote:
>> > http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/04/18/report-dick-clark-dies-at-age-82/
>> >
>> > dl
> From: Cary Ginell <soundthink at live.com>
> I knew some people who worked for him when he had his syndication
> business. They said that he was extremely cheap. A real bottom line guy
> who paid employees as little as he could get away with and whose facade
> of niceness on the air hid a cold-hearted interior. I also hated that he
> never permitted acts on AB to play live. Everything had to be
> lip-synched to save money on production costs, licensing, performance
> royalties - he knew the business but I'll bet he still had the first
> dollar he ever earned.
> Cary Ginell
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