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by Peter Moskos

June 20, 2008

KGA Radio is on the Air

This video isn’t exactly action packed. In fact, nothing happens. Really. It’s just a one minute drive through the streets of East Baltimore. But that’s one minute more than you’ve probably seen. And notice the sleepy-voiced dispatcher over the police radio. If he didn’t sound sleepy, It would get your attention. He was skilled. The last thing you want as a cop is a dispatcher who can’t handle the pressure. When things are going crazy, you want confidence that the dispatcher at least has things under control. This guy was always on the ball. Plus I loved his smooth DJ voice.
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A bad dispatcher is dangerous. And even if nobody gets hurt, a bad dispatcher just makes work unpleasant. Dispatching is not an easy skill. And they don’t get paid much. So quality is too often low. This dispatcher was the best. From police headquarters downtown, if need be he could direct you in or of Iron Alley. He knew the streets of East Baltimore. That's a safety thing. Too bad he didn’t work midnights.

6 comments:

dave hummels said...

Awesome dispatcher. People in public safety that get too exicted on the radio are not only difficult to understand, but profoundly annoying. Articulate and control the volume of your voice. There is no reason to elevate everyone's blood pressure. We're all professionals here (I hope).

Dave Hummels said...

Oops, momentary dyslexia...I meant 'excited.'

PCM said...

We had one great dispatcher on midnights. She could take the pressure. She was professional. No one was better for our safety. Except...

Except she had a really annoying voice! I guess that's a small price to pay for safety. But I still wake up on cold sweats thinking of her barking, "Three-Adam-Twenty-Three!"

Dave Hummels said...

That can make a HUGE difference. If Fran Dresher or Gilbert Gottfried is your dispatcher, get ready for a long night.

PCM said...

Yeah, imagine a Baltimore version of Fran Drescher.

The thought of Gilbert Gottfried as a dispatcher really does make me laugh out loud. That's hilarious!

Anonymous said...

not sure if you knew thiS peety, but one of the dispatchers is a DJ on 92Q in baltimore