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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-05 10:35 AM
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10. Improper use and disposal of label-supplied CDs and perks
Is the official story. My guess is that the new GM wanted to make this change regardless but knew that firing a union employee would be difficult so he used the 'violations of Wayne State policy' as the mechanism.

CDs sent to radio stations for airplay are technically still property of the label and are prohibited from being sold because, if they so chose, the label could ask for their property back at any time. One of the allegations against Martin Bandyke is that he took CDs sent to him, that were not put into airplay rotation, to used record stores and sold them for personal profit. However, his attorney said that he sold the CDs and bought music not supplied by labels to play on the station and that the former GM was well aware of that.

Another allegation is that he used concert tickets for himself that were intended to be listener giveaways. Most stations, mine included, have trade deals with presenters that make tickets available to staff and for listener giveaways but arrangements with labels are different and usually don't go through the marketing department. My station also has a policy that on-air hosts must report anything that they accept from a promoter or label to the GM.

I'm certain that Wayne State does have a policy against taking incentives or gifts from suppliers but that it wasn't enforced at WDET until the new GM arrived.
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