Thursday, December 18, 2014


I'm going to quote Barry Miskind. He's the editor of The BDR, an indispensable read for radio engineers and broadcasting historians. He was addressing a new story in a long-tunning theme in radioland where a set of citizens who use infrastructure such as roads, sidewalks, radio and cell phones oppose implementing it in a way that would require any sacrifice on their part, even if it's minor or cosmetic. These groups are inevitably the loudest voices opposing the construction of radio towers.
"BDR Comments: NIMBYs, BANANAs, and NOPEs stand aside! Over the years, all sorts of strange efforts have been made by activists to block construction of radio towers. Although early reports from attendees at a hearing on Dec. 11th indicate the proposal may not fly, we might need a new acronym for this one."
I was familiar with the term NIMBY but it turns out there are many more such terms that are new to me. So I'm going to write them all up together. Let's start with Barry's three. NIMBY is well-known and dates back at least into the 1970s. BANANA is comes from the UK, unlike the fruit but has been adopted in the US.
  • NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard. 
  • BANANA - Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone
  • NOPE - Not On Planet Earth
This would seem to cover the range of anti-radio tower protesters, everything from idealistic hippies to self-important baby-boomers. But there are even more terms and variations on the above that may be used in the course of duly mocking these problematic residents. Ric Stephens list off even more here.
  • LULU - Locally Unwanted Land Use
  • BANANA - Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything
  • SEP - Somebody Else's Problem
  • NIABY - Not In Anyone's Backyard
  • DUDE - Developer Under Delusions of Entitlement
  • NAMBI - Not Against My Business or Industry
  • PIBBY - Put In Blacks' Back Yard
  • FRUIT - Fear of Revitalization Urban-Infill and Towers
  • SOBBY - Some Other Bugger's Back Yard
  • CAVE - Citizens Against Virtually Everything
  • YIMBY - Yes In My Back Yard 
  • NIMEY - Not In My Election Year