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I came across this website recently. I didn't know U.S. police chatter is available to all, online!

You Are Listening To Los Angeles

Kick Starter Interviw - 7th February 2012
 
Describe the experience that lead to the creation of this site — were you expecting people to react? Do you have any thoughts as to why this struck such a nerve with people?

The "Listening to" site was one of the first projects I've worked on that got off to a really big start right from the moment I posted it. I think this is mainly down to a couple of factors. First of all, the site is very self-explanatory. Within 30 seconds or so of opening it up, people either get totally entranced by it, or just decide it's not for them & move on. For those who *do* get hooked, I've tried to make it as easy as possible to share the site with friends via Facebook, Twitter & etc. I knew this would be an important part of designing the site since a desire to share the basic concept of "music plus police radio" was really what drove me to create the site in the first place.

Basically the site arose from a random sequence of events on the night the SF Giants won the World Series in 2010. After getting home from an evening of partying and donut eating (insert plug for Bob's Donuts here!) I got on Twitter and saw a bunch of people sharing links to the soma fm stream of the SFPD radio channel. I listened to it for awhile and started playing music in the background while answering some emails and the next thing I knew several hours had passed. I realized the combination of music and scanner radio was creating something greater than the sum of it's parts and I immediatley wanted to post a link on FB or Twitter about it, but unfortunately there wasn't really an easy way to do that. So I thought about it for awhile, started investigating the APIs from SoundCloud and Radio Reference and eventually just sat down to do some JavaScript hacking and make the site a reality. I posted it on Facebook and told a few friends via email and the next day there were already tens of thousands of people listening. It was really incredible and while the traffic since then has come down from that crazy plateau of the first few days the site continues to find new listeners every week and has also put me in touch with a bunch of *amazing* musicians on SoundCloud who have really served as one of the biggest inspirations for keeping the site up and running.
 
I've found it both relaxing and intriguing. You can even choose a different city
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Cool, I remember as a kid tuning in between stations trying to catch police chatter, it worked sometimes!

Is that when Transistor Radios only had UHF SW AM  wave bands

 

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Cool, I remember as a kid tuning in between stations trying to catch police chatter, it worked sometimes!

Is that when Transistor Radios only had UHF SW AM  wave bands

 

Haha I think it might be!

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