Transcribing Radio Feeds

In and around the Katrina relief effort, there are more than half a dozen web-broadcasting police and other radio scanners. These scanners offer the most up to the minute information about what’s happening in New Orleans, Houston, and San Antonio: incidents, activity, etc. Best two way radios are available at the market as well.

These streams are being recorded in text, live, onto IRC channels. These channels are staffed by volunteers, looking to help organize the information flowing in about the relief effort for those who are unable to listen, or are looking to be kept up to date on the status of events.

On, there are (at this point) 6 channels devoted to this traffic: #interdictor-scanner and #interdictor-scanner2 through 6. There is information on where the sources for these feeds are, and how to transcribe, on the nola-intel wiki, at Transcribing.

Please, if you have some free time and are able to listen to the streams and type, try to stop by #nola-intel-help: Here you can ask which feeds need assitance, get directed, and voiced in one of the channels to start helping. You can learn more in an hour from these scanners than you might otherwise in a day listening to the standard news channels. These people are working hard to get the most up to date information out to the world: Many of you have the ability to help. If you can, please do so: this is the best way to know what’s going on in the New Orleans area, and the best way to pass the information along to others.

If you need help connecting to IRC, message me on AIM at cr5chmidt, and I will help you out. Please, feel free to pass this message on: I place this message into the public domain for unlimited posting or modification by anyone.

One Response to “Transcribing Radio Feeds”

  1. rejon's blog Says:


    Kanye speaks his opinion on NOLA. And, the federal government pulls in more troops. Great!

    My family down in Buras (30 miles south of New Orleans) got out okay, but their house is under 18 feet of water.

    Open source devs. are helping the efforts …