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Welcome to!  This is a moderated Usenet 
newsgroup open to anyone who has an interest in broadcast radio 
anywhere in the world.

The posting guidelines for are divided 
into the following sections:

1. Introduction
   1.1 Invitation to participate
   1.2 Charter
   1.3 How to submit articles

2. Acceptable and Unacceptable Topics
   2.1 Newsgroup focus
   2.2 Examples of acceptable topics
   2.3 Examples of unacceptable topics
   2.4 Programming discussions
   2.5 Commercial postings
   2.6 Pirate radio
   2.7 Moderation policies

3. Netiquette
   3.1 Introduction to Usenet netiquette
   3.2 Civility
   3.3 Posting form
   3.4 Excessive quoting
   3.5 Pseudonyms
   3.6 Signature files
   3.7 Use of copyrighted material
   3.8 Pointers to outside sources

4. Technical and Administrative Issues
   4.1 Crossposting
   4.2 Valid "From" address
   4.3 Lost or rejected postings

This is a living document and will be updated as needed to meet 
the needs of this group.



1.1 Invitation to participate
The moderators of (RRB) invite the
participation of broadcast professionals and non-professionals
alike. Both the people who operate radio stations and the people
who listen to them have valuable insights into the art, business,
and/or science of broadcasting.

1.2 Charter broadcasting is intended as a worldwide forum dedicated
to the discussion of subjects pertaining to domestic radio 
broadcasting. By the term "domestic," we mean radio which is
intended basically for reception within the country in which it
originates. Other Usenet groups are available for discussing
international broadcast services.

1.3 How to submit articles

You can use your newsreading software to submit an article to as you would to any other newsgroup. The
only difference is that your news server will automatically
forward your article to the moderation team instead of posting it
directly to the group. Alternatively, you can email submissions
to We generally turn around
articles at least the same day, usually much faster.



If you are ever unsure about whether a proposed topic is
appropriate for RRB, please feel free to ask the moderation
team at:

2.1 Newsgroup focus

RRB is designed to provide a public forum for professional and
informed discussion and dissemination of information pertaining
to the art, business, and science of radio broadcasting. By
"professional and informed," we mean discussions by broadcast 
professionals as well as those with a serious interest in radio
broadcasting. As mentioned in the Introduction, we welcome the
participation of radio listeners as well as those inside the

RRB is an international newsgroup, so the term "domestic" should
not be taken to imply just the United States or North America.
Readers in other nations are encouraged to post questions and 
comments about their own country's radio stations. 

2.2 Examples of acceptable topics

Generally, if a subject would be of interest to broadcast
professionals or listeners, it is acceptable. Here are just
a few ideas for discussion topics:

* New stations and changes to existing stations (but see section
  2.6 for limitations on discussions of unlicensed stations)
* Formats and programming
* Equipment and techniques involved in the transmission and
  reception of broadcast radio signals
* Other engineering and technical matters
* Domestic broadcast-band DXing
* Community broadcasting
* Legislation affecting radio stations
* Radio's current and future trends
* Job openings and help to those seeking work in the industry

If you post about a local radio station or personality, please 
realize that most RRB readers will know little or nothing about
that station or person, so please include a little background to
set the context for your remarks.

2.3 Examples of unacceptable topics

This is not a comprehensive list. Please contact the moderation
team if you aren't sure whether your proposed topic is appropriate
or not.
* Non-domestic stations and activities (BBC World, Voice of
  America, SWLing, etc.)
* Non-broadcast radio services (amateur, Internet, satellite,
* Television broadcasting (except on rare occasions when the
  subject of the posting would also be of broad interest to
  radio people).

2.4 Programming discussions

Because the intent of RRB is to foster discussion, postings of a
primarily promotional nature should be kept to a minimum. Program
hosts and other interested parties are welcome to submit brief
notices about special guests, fill-in hosts, etc. However, 
playlists, weekly program schedules, and similar listings should
instead be posted in a more appropriate venue, such as the 
station's or host's website.

Reviews of the performance of on-air personalities are fine,
but please note that is not the place to
discuss the topics of radio talk shows. (Unless the topic itself
is the art, science, or business of radio broadcasting.)

Postings about broadcasters' off-air activities should usually be
confined to events that are that are related to their broadcast
career, such as personal appearances on behalf of their station.
Exceptions will be made for extraordinary events such as a
broadcaster's death.

2.5 Commercial postings

Businesses and individuals today have a wealth of online selling
venues--both general sites such as eBay and Craigslist, and
region-specific Usenet groups such as ba.broadcast and Therefore, RRB may not be the most effective
place to post your for-sale ad. It's best when you want to offer
an item that's likely to be of interest to broadcasters or radio
fans over a broad geographical area. Please consider the 
alternatives before submitting your posting to RRB.

Examples of suitable for-sale postings might include, "My station
just got a new mixer and is selling its old Acme Model 100; please
contact me directly for details," or "I just found a box of KHJ
aircheck tapes in my basement; drop me a note if you're interested
in buying them."

For-sale message must solicit responses directly to the poster;
do not direct readers to another site such as Craigslist or eBay.

Notices about especially important or interesting new products are
fine. Please disclose whether or not you have a financial interest
in the manufacturer or reseller you're mentioning.

Each poster to RRB is allowed one commercial posting per month.

Postings about job openings are welcomed. Be sure to include your
real name, company name, and valid contact information (email
address, phone number, or mailing address).

2.6 Pirate radio

Postings about unlicensed domestic radio operations should be
limited to discussions of their history, notices of enforcement
actions, discussions of technical conflicts between licensed and
unlicensed stations, or strictly informational messages (such as,
"A pirate station has been heard in Chicago on 104.7"). Postings
that seek to support pirate stations (such as by drawing money,
personnel, equipment, or listeners) will not be approved.

2.7 Moderation policies

Questions or complaints about moderation decisions or policies 
will not be permitted in the newsgroup itself. Please direct any 
such feedback to the moderators by sending us a message at rec-

If you see an obviously inappropriate article in our newsgroup, 
please assume that it was a mistake or a direct forgery, and do 
not send follow-up postings. You may submit feedback to the 
administrative address regarding such articles, although it is 
likely that our monitoring software and procedures have already 
detected the problem and we are actively handling it. 



3.1 Introduction to Usenet netiquette

Participants who are new to Usenet should familiarize themselves 
with the "netiquette" of Usenet as well as the particular posting 
guidelines for this group. Several useful posts for "newbies" can 
be found on the newsgroup news.announce.newusers or on the World 
Wide Web at:

Particularly helpful articles are:
        Welcome to Usenet!
        Rules for posting to Usenet
        Hints on writing style for Usenet
        A Primer on How to Work With the Usenet Community
        Emily Postnews Answers Your Questions on Netiquette
        Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Usenet

3.2 Civility

Participants in are encouraged to state 
their own views and share their experiences enthusiastically. 
However, in doing so, you should maintain a civil tone in all 
postings and treat other people respectfully.

You are welcome to criticize someone else's actions, but such 
criticism must not degrade into a personal attack or name-calling. 
To be safe, refrain from making assumptions about the motivations 
of other people. For example, "That's a lie" implies an 
intentional prevarication, and "So-and-so is a liar" is name-
calling. Instead, say "That's not true, because...," or "I think 
that So-and-so is wrong because..." 

Making fun of someone's name or refusing to refer to them by their 
proper name is also a violation of this guideline. In cases where 
someone uses a different on-air name, please use that name unless 
they have specifically said that it's all right to refer to them 
publicly by their real name.

Note that this guideline covers everyone you talk about in your 
postings, whether they are participants in this group or not.

3.3 Posting form

Any article that falls into any of the following categories will 
be automatically rejected:

A) Articles that contain original text of more than 75 characters
   per line (except for URLs; see sections 3.7 and 3.8)
B) Articles that are crossposted other than as described in
   section 4.1)
C) Articles that contain more than 400 lines
D) Postings that contain attachments (except short .sig files; see 
   section 3.6)
E) Postings that include encoded binary files (except PGP and
   other short digital signatures)
F) Articles containing obscene language
G) Articles from individuals who have been suspended or banned
   from the newsgroup
H) Articles that consist mostly of direct quotation from 
   copyrighted sources (also see section 3.7)

3.4 Excessive quoting

Posters must show a reasonable effort to trim the post they are 
replying to. Replies should include just enough of the original 
material to establish a context for your own comments. 

Posts more than 20 lines long that have more than 50% quoted text 
will be carefully reviewed by a moderator to determine whether 
that degree of quoting is warranted. Posts with excessive quoted 
text may be rejected.

IMPORTANT: If you use a newsreader (such as Google Groups) that 
allows you to hide the posting to which you are replying, you must 
unhide the quoted text and trim it appropriately. Also be certain 
that your newsreader is not configured to automatically append the 
previous article to the bottom of your postings. All participants 
in are responsible for using their news-
readers properly to comply with the group's posting guidelines.

"Me too!" posts are discouraged. If you do post such a message, 
you must edit the quoted material significantly.

3.5 Pseudonyms

Contributors to are encouraged to use their 
real (given or on-air) names. This not only creates a greater
sense of community in the newsgroup, it also lends credibility
to posters' opinions. However, as a pragmatic concession to the
realities of the present-day Internet, and consistent with the
practices of other moderated newsgroups, pseudonyms and unroutable
email address are permitted with some restrictions. 

We ask that the From: lines of submitted articles not misrepresent 
your identity, not be changed often, and not match a user or
domain name other than your own (spoofing). Postings that have a 
pseudonym that violates any of our other rules (such as civility)
will be rejected.

Please realize that if you use an unroutable email address, you 
will not be able to receive acknowledgment or rejection messages
for your submitted articles. If one of your articles was rejected
and you are unable to receive the notice that explains the
rejection, you will need to send a note to the moderation team
for clarification.

3.6 Signature files

Many people close each article they write with a few lines of 
common text. This may be a clever quote, contact information, 
or disclaimer required by their employer. Signature (.sig) files 
attached to postings must be no longer 
than four lines plus a standard delimiter (such as two dashes).

The content of a poster's signature need not be relevant to 
broadcasting, but it must not violate any of the other posting 
guidelines. (For example, name-calling that would not be 
acceptable in the body of a message is also unacceptable in a 
signature.) Posters may include Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) 
and business addresses in signature files, provided they comply 
with all the other guidelines regarding signatures.

3.7 Use of copyrighted material

Unless you own the copyright yourself or have the written 
permission of the copyright owner (either of which must be so 
stated), do not post copyrighted material such as newspaper 
articles to Instead, post a synopsis of 
the material with a link to the full article. If you are posting a 
link to a blog or other site where information changes frequently, 
please use a "permalink" to the exact article you're citing.

Quoting of public domain information, such as radio station 
information from the FCC database, is fine.

3.8 Pointers to outside sources

Unsolicited announcements and pointers to web sites that are 
exclusively advertisements or other public relations campaigns are 
not permitted. However, a pointer to a website or other external 
source of information is permitted and encouraged in cases where 
it is relevant to an existing thread, with appropriate context 
being given in the post. 

A URL with no information about what a user should expect to find 
there will be rejected. If you are posting a link to a blog or 
other site where information changes frequently, please use a 
"permalink" to the exact article you're citing. Also, we prefer
full URLs instead of (or in addition to) ones that have been 
modified by a link shortener so that readers of the posting will
know which website they are actually going to. If you do use a 
link shortener, please also indicate the full name of the website 
to which you are linking.

A pointer to information that is off-charter for will be rejected, as will a pointer which 
itself does not meet the guidelines (such 
as a URL containing name-calling).

Moderators are not responsible for verifying the contents of any 
external information source. Moderators only review submissions
for adherence to the RRB guidelines, such as appropriateness of
topic and Usenet etiquette.



4.1 Crossposting

A limited amount of appropriate simultaneous crossposting will be 
permitted at the discretion of the moderation team. Appropriate 
crossposted newsgroups could include,
ba.broadcast, ba.broadcast.moderated, or
Currently, a limit of 3 newsgroups total is enforced by our
moderation software.

Please note that, because of the way moderated Usenet groups
work, any posting submitted to a moderated group will not be 
forwarded to any other groups until it is accepted by the initial
group. For example, if you submit a posting to both RRB and BAB,
and we reject it, it will never appear on BAB.

4.2 Valid "From" address

Participants in may, if they wish, use an 
invalid or "munged" email address in their "From" header line. 
However, please be aware that if you do so, you will be unable to 
receive messages from the moderators, such as requests to revise 
submitted postings or explanations of why postings were rejected. 

Also, we want to promote interaction among 
participants, and in some cases, information is more appropriately 
relayed off-list. If you do not provide a valid email address, 
other posters will not be able to send you information, ask 
questions, etc. Therefore, if you are considering using an invalid 
"From" address in order to avoid spam email, we recommend that you 
instead (1) find an ISP with robust spam-filtering for incoming 
email, and/or (2) obtain an email address just for your Usenet 
postings (e.g. from Yahoo or Gmail). 

4.3 Lost or rejected postings

We never reject anything in silence, and we make a point to answer
all our mail. However, newsgroup postings can and do get lost
every now and again.

If you send us a posting and you neither see it in RRB nor hear
from us directly within two or three days, you can be pretty sure
that either your mail never reached us, or that our answer never
reached you. (See section 4.2 for why the latter might happen.)
In that case, please submit your article again. (We will filter
out duplicates.) You're also welcome to send a note to rec-radio- if you have any concerns about your
submissions not being received.


If you have any questions or comments about these guidelines, 
please send a message to

(Adapted from the posting guidelines
and from Bill Pfeiffer's original RRB guidelines and FAQ.)

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