Way way back we go . . . (where was I in the fall of 1965? College in Bellingham . . . I did subscribe to Billboard).
Despite the payola scandals of the late ’50s (In 1962, Alan Freed pleaded guilty to two charges of commercial bribery, for which he received a fine and a suspended sentence. WABC had fired him a couple years earlier). There apparently, in the mid-60s, was no scrutiny of record label – radio station relationships.