FCC payola probe boosts indie music - Yahoo! News: "While it is not part of the consent decree, a separate voluntary side deal between the station groups and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) would set aside 8,400 half-hour blocks of time for independent music.
Peter Gordon, founder of Thirsty Ear Recordings and A2IM's chief negotiator, said in an interview that the 'agreement in principle' is a way to get independent music on the air that also avoids undue government interference.
'It's a private relationship between the radio groups and the independent music sector,' he said. 'It's a chance for all of us to embrace each other's cultures, and it looks like the best way to get good stuff for people to listen to.'"