> That makes more sense than the stations having to pay
> royalty fees to air music which is essentially a free
> promotion to get people to buy CDs, iTunes, whatever (and
> again, up the station to choose to pay if they want to air
> music - not up to the government).
Your reasoning is quite understandable, but it's simply not the same a shelf space at Wegmans or Tops. You should spend some time reading the Complaint
and the Exhibits.
Disclosure and clarity are critically important, especially as these charactyeristics relate to the Rules and Regulations of the FCC and the U.S. Code. Clearly, there is no crime in taking money to promote a song as long as that transaction is disclosed. After reading the Exhibits, you should be duly impressed (and somewhat disgusted) by the depths to which this scam sunk and to the heights of the Entercom corporate structure it ascended.
Additionally, as many have noted, the actions of Entercom completely obscured the fact that the songs heard on its radio stations were not necessarily due to merit as it was due to money.