• Effective immediately we will be deleting, without notice, any negative threads or posts that deal with the use of encryption and streaming of scanner audio.

    We've noticed a huge increase in rants and negative posts that revolve around agencies going to encryption due to the broadcasting of scanner audio on the internet. It's now worn out and continues to be the same recycled rants. These rants hijack the threads and derail the conversation. They no longer have a place anywhere on this forum other than in the designated threads in the Rants forum in the Tavern.

    If you violate these guidelines your post will be deleted without notice and an infraction will be issued. We are not against discussion of this issue. You just need to do it in the right place. For example:
    https://forums.radioreference.com/rants/224104-official-thread-live-audio-feeds-scanners-wait-encryption.html

Example of media admitting the scanner as their source

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Here is a link to an unfolding tragedy where the media admits they got some of the main information from a scanner. Maybe it is not a big deal, but in light of recent discussions I thought it was interesting. I am not surprised the use the scanner. I am surprised that they admitted, in the story, that some of there information came from their "emergency scanner".

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The media gets 99% of their Police/Fire/EMS info from scanners. If the scanners are quiet, and they are hungry for news, they will even call dispatch in different locations and ask if they have anything going on.
 
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They've Been Known For Calling The Different Police Stations At least 3 Times a Week To Try And Get Info on Any Call That Might Have Been Kept On Low Profile. Anything That They Can Make Into A Story
 

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I got my degree in broadcast journalism "back in the day" (70s) and that was my start in the scanning hobby. At that time, it was considered bad form to print anything about things heard on the scanner without getting independent confirmation or corroboration. As we were taught, doing otherwise was essentially publicizing hearsay and opening yourself to potential legal difficulties. Guess they changed the rules...
 

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Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8530/5.0.0.973 Profile/MIDP-2.1 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/105)

The reporters call my station every evening, to see what has been going on. Occasionally, if we have had a big call, they will call earlier in the day, to get details.
 
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