Show Business: The Wages of Spin

A sometime window washer with a personality greatly appealing to himself ("I am such a sweet little guy"), Tom Clay first went to work as a record spinner at Detroit's WJBK two years ago. What happened to him thereafter until he was fired last week makes a typical case history of the deejay riding the payola trail.

For the first eleven months no "pusher" approached him. "The record-company guys," he told a TIME correspondent in Detroit last week, "went to the bigger men here. I didn't care because I knew when I was Number One they would come to me. First a...

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