Music Probe

Radio programmer fired over gifts from music execs

A western New York radio programmer has gotten the sack for allegedly accepting gifts from music executives. The New York Times says Dave Universal is accused of taking a trip to Miami that was paid for by a record label, and attending sporting events arranged by music executives. Buffalo station WKSE FM says that's against company policy. Universal, however, tells the Times the station was aware of all his actions. In his words, "I was allowed to do whatever I had to do to foster relationships." A 1960 federal law in response to payola revelations made it a crime to accept money or other inducements to give records airplay, unless the payment was disclosed to listeners.