During two years of high school, I did weekly news reports on my school for the local radio station KAHI AM 950.
After spending a year in Australia after graduation in 1984, I returned to Auburn in June 1985 and went to work at KAHI and its sister station KHYL.
In 1987, the radio stations were sold. The new owners issued us with a manual. It had a special section on payola. It said it was a dirty word and that we should never accepts gifts for doing anything on the air.
I read the hit book “Hit Men” about the payola scandal.