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06 February 2012
You are listening to: Atlanta. Houston. Los Angeles. Or about a dozen other cities. This site plays live police radio chatter and an overlay of soundtrack-like ambient music, creating a sort of eerie but fascinating effect.
My favorite ap on the Kindle Fire is the TuneIn ap with thousands of radio stations around the world (love being able to listen to BBC6, KEXP, WFMU, and Chirp even when I'm not near my computer). They also have a few hundred police and fire scanners, which the Mrs is absolutely addicted to.
My grandfather used to have a police scanner, and when we'd visit I'd hear all these little bursts of conversation coming from their spare bedroom where he kept it. This was the early 1970s. Sometimes I'd go in and look at the radio, which had this cool running red LED that scanned across a row of like 12 or 14 switches, and it would stop when someone talked, then keep moving.
I don't know why he was so interested in police transmissions, but one of his daughters became a cop, and after he died, she married the man who would become sheriff of their county for almost 30 years.