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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

First Official TEAM SCANNER Meeting

by Brian Hale, Chief Editor Scanner News

(Scottsbluff, Neb) The idea of private citizens listening to local police and emergency scanner traffic is certainly nothing new. At the current time, there are more than 6,500 scanner feeds in the United States that can be listened to through an internet connection, reaching an average of 35,000+ listeners at any given time.

The concept of the Scotts Bluff County Scanner first came about in 2009 when entrepreneur and local business owner Brian Hale was approached by a friend with the the idea of acquiring the license to broadcast the live scanner signal over the internet, like several other counties in Nebraska were already doing. 

We were granted the license on the first application, had an old computer setup in the garage, connected a nice scanner to it and we were online! In fact, the whole scanner project has been a natural phenomenon since it's inception in 2009. In the first 48 hours we had hundreds of followers - and it has grown steadily ever since with over 6,000 patrons living in 20 states and abroad.

In 2014, the Scotts Bluff County Scanner made the leap from being a part-time hobby to a more serious, full-time venture when we brought on Brandon Ritterbush.  We just needed a scanner host. We had no idea Brandon had so many talents and such a huge heart for serving the community.

Brandon then introduced us to our technical engineer who works behind the scenes to ensure the feed stays online and sounding good.

Throughout the years, we have continued to improve the user experience through equipment upgrades and the hard work of a few dedicated volunteers.

By 2017, the popularity and interaction with our Scanner Facebook page was at an all-time high and people were depending on us for timely information in the community.

In order to widen and balance our coverage, we decided to bring on board a few additional volunteer admins to help monitor and share local news pertinent to our five major categories; Police & Crime, Fire & Rescue, Severe Weather, Missing Persons, and Public Safety (Community Awareness).

Before we knew it the team had grown to more than a dozen trusted individuals. Several of us had never met in person, so an official first meeting of the Scotts Bluff County Scanner group was called with founder Brian Hale presiding. The meeting took place on March 1, 2018 at the Fairfield Inn in Scottsbluff. The group has pledged to continue to meet and even form a Board of Directors.
Scotts Bluff County Scanner
Just under half of our team pictured here after our first official scanner meeting. From left to right; Co-owner Brandon Ritterbush, Carissa Smith, Founder Brian Hale, Shannon Marshall, Joann Paramo, and Jeri Johnson. Not pictured; Andi Hale (who took the photo), Josh Vesper, Bobbie Braddock, Mariah Brady, Melissa Aguilar, Jerry Numon, Stacey Cleays, and Dru Majors.

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