American disc jockey and promoter (1921–1965) who pioneered the broadcasting of R&B and rock and roll on the radio, resulting in an explosion of interest in these still-emerging genres in the early 1950s. His career ended in the late 1950s when it was revealed that he, in a pervasive practice of the era, had accepted bribes from record labels in exchange for airplay. The resulting ‘payola’ scandal resulted in legislation that made such actions illegal. Uncommon vintage felt tip signature, “Best wishes, Alan Freed,” on an off-white 5 x 3 card. In fine condition, with some mild edge toning. Accompanied by an unsigned promotional photo for Rock Around the Clock. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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