The "King of Police Call" is 10-7

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 |

Gene Hughes

If you're an avid supporter of local Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS agencies, chances are he is a household name.

Wired News reporter Kevin Poulsen admiringly calls him a "King" while Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing refers to him as a "deity".

I for one am honored to call him a personal friend.

To the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department and countless fans of public safety agencies across North America, he has been a familiar and trusted source of public safety radio listening information for more than forty years.

Please join us in reading Gene Hughes' amazing story, as we extend our warmest wishes for his well-earned retirement as publisher of the popular "Police Call" radio guides.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


8763 Wonderland said...

I hope Gene has a wonderful and long-lived retirement.

I used to buy Police Call every two years for my little ol' Radio Shack desktop scanner but, sadly, so many freqs these days are encrypted and one cannot receive the broad range of radio freqs that were once available.

Jeff Multer, Fort Mill, S.C. said...

Thank you, Gene, for encouraging a life-long hobby with the Police Call editions.

It wasn't just a guide ... Police Call was a resource! When the new edition arrived, I would spend days comparing that edition to the previous, looking for the "new" frequencies licensed to agencies in my region. (That was before the FCC online database.)

Even in recent years, previous editions of Police Call have become invaluable for finding "unlicensed" frequencies that remained in use following the FCC spectrum audits and failures to renew.

Thanks, again, Gene. Happy retirement !

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Thanks for taking the time to share your memories and sentiments. We will see that Gene receives any of the comments that are posted here.

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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