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DO NOT COPY
Streamed Media on this site is not available for download or distribution, and the site is intended only for the private, non-commercial use of individual listeners who access the site. Access to the site requires your agreement to these conditions.
Please listen to one exhibit (stream) at a time. Starting multiple simultaneous streams will result in an automatic, permanent ban of your IP address.
When you contribute to the Reel Top 40 Radio Repository, if your content is published, you will always be credited for your contribution, hopefully along with your descriptive text, if provided. Those who contribute two or more airchecks rate a "Collection". This is to assure that you receive the credit for sharing with the rest of us. All contributions are subject to the Terms & Conditions of your membership. Exhibitors receive a lifetime subscription upon the publication of their contributions.
How to Share
Good quality cassette recordings are still welcome. 15 or 7 1/2 ips quarter-inch reel-to-reel tape is still fine, DAT and minidisc is even OK. If you have a CD or DVD burner and know how to make a clean transfer from your tape to your computer, digital media is fine. VHS or HI-8 HI-FI is also an option. The USPS gets things here fast enough; I'll return anything sent to me the same way, if requested.
Most important: If you are sending me a dub from a two-track machine, don't "sum" or "mono" the copy, even if it is mono. I do not accept audio in MP3 format. Here's a hint for those converting their tape libraries - do not save your only copy in MP3. Always keep a full, digital copy in an uncompressed format. Here at REELRADIO, all exhibits must be encoded for online streaming; MP3 audio has been digitally compressed, and I don't want to digitally compress it again.
I cannot accept contributions already encoded as Real Audio. I must maintain archives capable of being upgraded. Also, exhibits are almost always processed in "the analog domain". REELRADIO's Streaming Audio is processed in real time.
Please, don't send files to me as e-mail attachments.
They will not be accepted.
And finally, YES - Established contributors can arrange to transfer their contributions via private FTP.
Here's the part that requires a little more work - building your Collection. If you submit two or more airchecks, they will be showcased in your Collection, so that you get credit for sharing. Here's what I need for your Collection in the RT40RR:
Only got ONE aircheck to share, or don't have pictures? That's OK - I'll put it in our "Golden Gifts" exhibit and you don't have to supply anything except the aircheck itself, although a description is always appreciated (particularly since I may know nothing about what you send.)
Why to Share
The small success I had in radio was always due to being in the right place at the right time with the right people. It took me 8 months to get my first job at the age of 14, and it happened only because someone shared their knowledge and privilege with me.
As an ex-broadcaster, I feel good SHARING the grandest moments of Top 40 Radio with anyone who wants to listen. Don't feel your contribution won't be noticed. Our site comments are stuffed with appreciative messages from ex-radio folk and fans, and they are "hearty in their approbation and lavish in their praise." You can catch some of that glow. Just share.
It's a very good thing to share. It's only with the participation of those who find this site of interest that the Repository will continue to grow.
Why does this site exist?
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REELRADIO was born on February 12, 1996. As a contract web designer for Sacramento Network Access (one of Sacramento's first Internet Service Providers), I had access to unlimited file space, good bandwidth, and a new Real Audio 2.0 server. The Repository was the first website devoted to an archive of airchecks. There are now many imitators, and of course, we're flattered.
Response was surprisingly good from the very beginning and there was never any limit on the size or bandwidth usage of this website. In 1999, Sacramento Network Access was sold to PSINet, and our "no charge" hosting arrangement with SNA was no longer assured.
On March 23, 2000, REELRADIO, INC. was registered as a nonprofit California corporation. With the support of hundreds of friends and fans of the REELRADIO site, and the assistance of the Media Preservation Foundation, we built a custom server and bought some technical support. We contracted for co-location facilities and on Friday, July 14, 2000, we started directing requests to our new server.
The number of weekly visitors to our site grew steadily for the first ten years. On February 5, 2006, the Board of Directors of REELRADIO, Inc. announced a minimum annual contribution of $12, effective on the tenth birthday of the site (February 12, 2006). This difficult decision followed months of server log and financial analysis that revealed thousands of listeners, but only a few dozen supporters. This minimum contribution was increased to $15 on January 19, 2009, and $20 in 2010. Attrition, lack of corporate support and ongoing theft and trade of our exhibits made this increase necessary.
The Repository has become a bit more work than I thought it would be, and as a result, at times I am backlogged. This does not mean that your contribution isn't very much wanted! It took 30 years to build the legacy of Top-40 Radio; please consider that it will also take some time to assemble an online archive worthy of the subject.
I do appreciate hearing from everyone who wants to share something, or say hello, so you are encouraged to write (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When you write, I'll be glad to provide a mailing address, as long as you are aware of the things I need and the fact that there may be some delay in getting your submission or collection online. (That means: You really should read ALL of this page before contacting me.)
My very best to everyone who finds this effort worthwhile. Thank You!
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