Plans to put 'fear of God' into broadcasters.

Democratic Federal Communications Commission activist Jonathan Adelstein said he plans to "put the fear of God" into broadcasters about obeying the FCC's payola rules. He spoke to a large group of music community advocates on Capitol Hill yesterday (Sept. 7) during the first-ever Recording Arts Day.

After studying "two rooms full of boxes containing blatant abuse," Adelstein characterized the payola scandal uncovered by New York Attorney General (AG) Eliot Spitzer as "the widest and most flagrant abuse of our rules in the history of American broadcasting."

Adelstein, talking casually to music community representatives, said "I've been bitching about this for years to [other commissioners]." He added that the broadcast industry had also better shape up because "any AG can use subpoena power and do the same thing now."