A disc jockey for radio station WOL testified yesterday that neither he nor other broadcasters used their positions at the station to persuade rock groups to perform for DJ Productions, a concert promotions company run by WOL disc jockeys.
Roger Bethel, known on the air ad Raymond St. James, told a Federal Communications Commission hearing that members of DJ Productions would tell a prospective group, "All we want is a chance to compete to book you. You have the potential and we will pay the price you ask."
Bethel's testimony came during the second week of an FCC hearing investigating allegations tht WOL disc jockeys coerced groups into playing concerts for DJ Productions by threatening not to play a group's records on WOL.
The investigating began after other area concert promoters complained that DJ Productions was stealing acts from them through illegal methods and using the radio station to promote concerts sponsored by DJ Productions.
Bethel, 31, said yesterday that DJ Productions was formed because WOL disc jockeys had been unsuccessful in promoting concerts as individuals. He said that six disc jockeys put up an initial $1,000 each to form the company.
Bethel said that having the station's disc jockeys also own a promotion company did not give thema an advangage in attracting groups and went so far as to say that playing a groups's records on the air has no effect on that record's sales.
Bethel said that disc jockeys maintained a hectic schedule, coordinating on the air music, news, commercials and standard disc jockey talk as well as participating in a variety of community activities.
For that reason, Bethel said, he did not have time to throughlyy understand several menos from the WOL management outlining restrictions on outside employment activities and broadcast regulations.
"I'm a personality," Bethel said, "I just don't have time for all that paper work."