John Burgdorf purchased a scanner radio from RadioShack after saving up some money from a high school summer job. It took him about a year of frequent listening and note taking to understand the different lingo used by the many north Texas public safety agencies.
He quickly became known as “the guy that always knew what was going on.” Friends and family would call him, sometimes in the middle of the night, wondering what was going on. “What’s with all the smoke?” or “Why am I hearing all these sirens?” were a few very common questions. He would be able to tell them a few details, whether it was a house fire or a police chase.
In 2010, He decided to start posting what he was hearing on his police scanner to his personal Facebook profile as a way to inform his friends and family of different situations in Arlington and the surrounding communities. It was a hit! In October of 2010, he decided to launch a Facebook page, originally dubbed “Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Police Scanner” for the same information, and start expanding to include the whole DFW area.
Today, DFW Scanner has become the largest scanner related news network in the world with close to 600,000 followers on both Facebook and Twitter. They have 12 administrators and scanner hobbyists scattered throughout DFW who listen for the news to publish. They cover public safety incidents including serious car crashes, structure fires, shootings, and other public safety incidents.
They have changed the way news is received in the DFW Metroplex. If you are stuck in traffic, hear sirens in your neighborhood, or see smoke in your area, getting information is as easy as jumping on a digital device and accessing DFW Scanner. They have also become one of the most reliable severe weather alert pages in north Texas.
The method to their success? Stick to the facts, report information with integrity and privacy at the forefront, and always be respectful to those involved. When it comes down to it, every incident they cover is the worst day in someone’s life. They do their best to notify people of the situation, while maintaining a sense of integrity and respect in their reporting.