Perhaps the most irritating aspect of being in the news business (other than hand blisters from opening fan mail) is having to monitor emergency scanners.
It’s not as annoying as in the past when all the police traffic chattered in the background. Now it’s mostly confined to fire and rescue, and news organizations naturally have to keep an ear on the scanner for things like serious accidents and large fires.
Over the years we’ve grown accustomed to a call that goes something like this: Sanderson rescue and Station 70 — accident with injuries; US 90 and I-10.
When that comes over the air, it’s a cinch we’re not the only ones thinking, “Here we go again.”