New Year’s Eve Scanning

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Why is one of my favorite nights to listen to the scanner radio New Years Eve?

That is because my scanner allows me to get behind the scenes to the biggest New Years Eve party in the United States.

Every year in Times Square, the ball drops at midnight and the entire event is televised on Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years with Ryan Seacrest.

Using my scanner, I'm able to hear the link between the director and the remote cameras and hosts.  I'm able to listen to them queue in the next shot and also hear them record “B-Roll” as soon as the sun goes down.

But not only am I able to hear behind the scenes, but I'm also able to hear coordination from NYPD and DSNY.

This podcast lays out how I hear all of this activity and how you might be able to listen to similar activity in your area.   I'll also tell you how you can listen to my live scanner feed as well.

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What you need to know

  • If you have New Years Eve Celebrations in your area, you should monitor:
  • Police, Fire, and EMS covering the event
  • Keep an ear on GMRS or Amateur Radio Volunteer Groups
  • FRS, MURS, and Business Band can have local activities
  • “Community” or Trunk Systems with leased talk groups might have traffic
  • Your local Trunk System may be active as well with temp talk groups or event groups
  • Look in the FCC database if you are in the US for “STA” licenses

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