Stations authorized to receive the RP/L package
also receive the American Top 40 and the American
Country Countdown programs as a separate RP
shipment labeled 40-C. Like the RP unit, materials in
40-C are destroyed after airing.
RADIO TAPE PACKAGE (RT)
The radio tape package (RT) is a weekly audiotape
shipment consisting of approximately 84 hours of RU,
RP, 40-C and special information items for authorized
ships and selected shore-based stations. Packages
contain 14 7-inch tapes recorded at 3 3/4 ips in a
fro-track monaural format that can be run on simple
automation or manual playback systems. At the end of
each recorded track, a 25-hertz tone cues tape reversal
and automatic switching to the next track, enabling
small radio operations with the proper equipment to
automate a full broadcast day. RT units are returned to
the duplication contractor after airing so the tapes and
shipping containers can be recycled. Outlets authorized
to receive the RT package will not receive the RU, RL
or 40-C shipments.
RADIO MATERIALS (RM)
Occasionally, your station may receive the radio
materials (RM) shipment. It may contain entertainment
or information programs, holiday specials, special
features, spots or production aids. The type and
timeliness of the material will determine whether the
RM is shipped on CD or tape and which outlets will
FM TAPE SERVICES
The three packages available under the heading of
FM tape services are FM library (FML), FM program
(FMP) and FM religious (FMR). These tapes provide
alternate programming for authorized outlets with
second broadcast frequencies or cable distribution
channels. Tapes are recorded in four-track stereo at 3 3/4
ips on 10 1/2-inch reels. Cue tones are prerecorded on
the tapes for automation equipment.
The FML unit is a monthly shipment of roughly 24
hours of library music in three formats beautiful
music, adult contemporary and country. It is designed
for permanent retention by the station.
The FMP unit is a quarterly shipment consisting of
about 26 hours of hosted stereo programs.
The FMR unit is a religious music program service
that includes 12 55-minute hosted programs in each
When a shipment of radio program materials arrives
at your station, make sure you take the following
Inspect the exterior of the packages. Make sure
the boxes are not torn, ripped, crushed or
Double-check the address to make sure your
station is entitled to receive the shipment.
Carefully open the boxes or containers.
Locate the packing list and inventory the contents
of the packages against the packing list.
Check each tape or CD label. Make sure that they
match the packing list.
Inspect each item for damage. Look for scratches
Note all shortcomings on the packing list.
Sort tapes and CDs according to the types of units
(RP, RU, etc.).
File the tapes and CDs according to local
All tapes and CDs must be handled with care.
Careless practices, such as leaving CDS on a table
without protecting them, result in scratches or chips. A
tape left in the production studio unmarked and out of
the box is an invitation for someone to erase it.
Therefore, tapes and CDs must be cared for according
to standard industry techniques and practices.
Cleanliness is paramount. Areas where tapes and
CDs are used and stored should be free of dust, high