Introduction to (NEW)

Introduction to (NEW)

Post by R.R.B Moderat » Fri, 07 May 1993 18:57:40

Greetings: (r.r.b) is a Usenet newsgroup which
was founded in April of 1992, in order to provide a forum for
discussion of topics pertaining to 'domestic broadcast radio'.
Already in existance was, which centers around the
International radio scene, and who's focus is,
obviously, non-commercial radio. was intended
to 'fill the gap' between these groups.

The Internet Radio Journal is a periodic email digest consisting,
mainly, of articles found in the newsgroup.  It is intended for people
who either cannot access the newsgroup from their system or for some
reason perfer a digestified format for reading.  Subscriptions to IRJ
are free, and available to anyone who wants one, and who is equiped
with some form of email service.  

                -=*=- DOMESTIC BROADCAST RADIO  -=*=-

By domestic, we mean broadcasts which are intended, primarily,for
reception in the same country/nation in which they originate.  R.r.b
is an international newsgroup, though, and the  term 'domestic' should
not be taken to imply 'USA' or even North American.  Readers in other
nations are encouraged to participate.

                        -=*=- SUBJECTS -=*=-

If it has to do with broadcast radio, and not _specifically_ international
shortwave, it is welcome here.  Occasionally an article which IS
primarily about shortwave will be posted if the subject seems broad
enough that the readership of r.r.b might be interested, or be able
to assist the poster in some way.  

Generally, if a subject 'seems' like it would be of interest to the
broadcasting community (which includes those involved in creating,
transmitting or listening to broadcast radio) will be published.
These subjects include (but are not limited to)..

1)  Formats and programming.
2)  Engineering & technical matters and interests.
3)  DXing (long distance reception) on the standard broadcast bands
4)  Community broadcasting (including non-commercial and clandestine stations).
5)  Pirate broadcasting (especially non-shortwave, domestic pirates).
6)  Legislation affecting the industry, and its 'offspring' industries.
7)  Technologies affecting the industry, and its 'offspring' industries.
8)  General station information.  Who is going on and off the air, and why.
9)  Radio's historical and cultural significance.  
10) Radio's current and future trends.
11) Political and news coverage and its impact.
12) Job openings and help to those seeking work in the industry.
13) Information on equipment and techniques involved in transmission and
    reception of broadcast radio signals.  
14) The International Scene and how broadcast radio is shaping up in the
    various nations of the world.
15) Gabfesting and all matters of general interest to those involved
    in, or interested in, the general subject of domestic radio broadcasting.

                        -=*=- POSTING -=*=-

1) Post to rrb as you would any other Usenet group.  The software does
   the rest.

   addresses to post will needlessly delay your article.  You might
   consider installing an alias in your mailer for emailed articles,
   especially if you post a lot of stuff.  See the end of this file
   for all applicable addresses.

                        -=*=- POSTING GUIDELINES -=*=-

* If you post a question that is of potential interest to others in
  the group, ask that replies be posted, instead of emailed to you.
  We all would like access to the answers.  
  If you do receive email replies, post a summary to the group.  This forum
  is only as good as it's posters and readers.  Keep the info flowing.

* If you email an answer to a question, send a Cc: to the group's

  knowledge.  When id doubt... POST POST POST! :-).

* PLEASE edit quoted text to a minimum!  Most users of this
  group are fairly regular readers and do not need, or want, to read the
  entire text of a recent article in every reply.  Of course, if the
  thread is less current, more quoted text may be appropriate.  Use
  your brains (and your editor :->).

* If your message is basically a one or two line "Me Too" or "I disagree"
  post, consider emailing it to the poster.  However if you go into
  some details as to WHY you agree or disagree, then please post it.

* If you are replying to an article in the Internet Radio Journal,
  simply use your mailer's reply feature, and again, edit the text to
  ONLY the article you are replying to, and include the article's name
  in the Subject field.  Subjects of "Re: Internet Radio Journal" are
  confusing and may result in needless delays.

* If you post about a local radio station or personality, realize that
  95% or more of the readers will know little or nothing about it.
  Offer a little background, like location, station format, type of
  music played   etc.

* Last but not least, avoid flames and personal insults.  R.r.b has a
  high percentage of broadcast professionals among it's readers.  We
  try to maintain a reasonably high brain to bulls*it ratio here.
  It is perfectly fine to say "I think that what you said is the
  stupidest bunch of ***I have ever heard", instead of "YOU are the
  stupidest jerk I have ever heard".  If you *must* make personal
  attacks, do it in email.  

                        -=*=- MODERATION -=*=-

    R.r.b is a _very_ loosely moderated group.  Normally, all legitimate
      articles will be posted to the group.  Matters that may cause an
               article to be rejected by the moderator include...

* Articles which are not on (or reasonably near) the stated charter and scope
  of the group (domestic radio broadcasting) or pertain to
  'non-broadcast' radio services, such as cellular, two-way, ham,
  citzens-band, and such.

* Articles  that are too long for submission as-is.  If your article is
  longer than 10k (10,000 bytes), consider splitting it into two parts, or
  better yet, edit it down to a more reasonable size.  Check to see if you
  can eliminate any quoted text.  If you believe that your article is of an
  especially urgent or inforamative nature, and you also feel that you cannot
  reduce the size without damaging the content, let me know and I will try to
  work with you.  

* Articles which are merely multiple repetitions of an identical answer which
  has already been offered several times.  Often these will be b