As always, we encourage contributions to extend the reach of Toppy, but to keep the site the best it can be, there are some guidelines we’ve set up. Before you start recording, peep these out to make everyone’s life easier:
It’s not only what the legal ID sounds like, but also the context in which it’s presented. With that in mind, here’s what we look for in an ID tape:
- Legal IDs should come from actual off-air airchecks. We won’t post production pieces out of the automation or recordings off a webstream.
- The actual legal ID of the stations, even if it’s a mumbled mess buried in the :50 stopset.
- At least 10 seconds of programming on both sides of the ID (not including dead air around the ID). Because context is so important, we will no longer post IDs without surrounding programming.
- If it’s in a jingle, the whole jingle (including jock talk, SFX, etc), plus the 10 sec. of programming on either side.
- If it’s done in a jock talk break, the entire break (or approximately 30 sec. of it if it’s terribly long), plus the 10 sec. of programming on either side.
- On high quality cassette, CD, or high quality MP3 (no less than 128 kpbs/44 khz). We very strongly prefer stereo files to mono.
- We suggest just rolling tape for a few minutes to catch the ID.
- Please provide the month and year the recording was made. IDs without month and year won’t be posted.
- E-mail ID audio to [email protected]. While e-mail is the preferred method of submission, FTP or a snail mail address is available. E-mail me for the scoop.
- For the lawyers (and yes, it’s an issue): We encourage submissions to tophour.com and tophour.net under the above conditions. Tophour management reserves the right to select what materials will be used on-site. There is no financial compensation for contributions. All submissions retain original copyright by the radio stations who produced the broadcast(s) and their ownership. Files will be removed upon written request by station ownership. All submissions become the property of tophour.net and tophour.com.
A large surge in traffic has hit Toppy this week, doubtless due to the nice piece by Ken R. in the new edition of Radio World. Should you feel so inclined as to send stuff in to the site, we’d love to hear it…but please read this first.
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Scott has another obsession — he records station IDs for another Web site. “My box is out in the car right now rolling on 1220, as a matter of fact. Hmm, that’s another weird hobby. I’m also a DXer. I love tuning into different stations. I always have. There’s a certain fascination that a very, very small subset of the radio industry has with these top hour ID’s and it probably goes back to Bill Drake who obviously did it best with Boss Radio. He made a big deal with the show intros. You can have millions of JACK format all over the country, but only one of them is KCBS/fm-Los Angeles. Out of all the KISS’ in the country, only one of them is KIIS-Los Angeles. It’s hard to get that little bit of tape there but it’s also useful for me, obviously, doing hundred-thousand watts because that’s all tagged by call letter. I am not the king of this, there is a guy who is in Wisconsin now by the name of Brian Davis and Brian has a Web site that is called TopHour dot net. Brian not only collects them, he posts them on the web and his Web site is a whole collection of just legal ID’s, just the ID and the ten seconds or so from all over the country.
While Scott was in town he rolled tape across the dial concentrating on call changes at 1150AM and the stations in Temecula. “Last time I was here I got “K-DAY” but not KDAI-Ontario. I still have to do that but it’s a fun and largely harmless little hobby. There are probably, I don’t know, a dozen people I know around the country who do this. He gets a lot of visitors to the site and the people who contribute are passionate about it.”
Thanks to Don and Scott for the love.
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…and so we answer it, or at least some of the more popular questions.
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Friend O’ Toppy Matt Sittel has started his own legal ID site, and you should check it out by clicking here. Unlike Toppy, Matt’s site is limited to stuff he himself has recorded, includes a lot of DX clips and is not only AM and FM, but has TV and weather radio IDs too. He’s done a great job with it, and you should check it out.
Matt’s also working on some new stuff for Toppy from his location in Nebraska, so look for those in the coming months.