The sound I am referring to can be heard in this video, in the police radio at 0.26. It sounds like, "one-four-one celibacy". I've noticed this sound for a long time. So, the Internet has all the answers, I did a quick search and found this forum post. This person who made that YouTube video described the scenario that I share in my life. I also played SimCity 3000 for years and I also notice this sound in movies and TV shows all the time. I just heard it last night watching the X-Files.
So my full question is this, why is this sound byte used over and over when
- movies & TV have huge budgets and will spend good money to add authenticity/realism
- police radio chatter could easily be recorded in a studio or recorded off a police scanner
- the clip is at least 20 years old
I have a guess that there is actually a legal issue here, in America. That would explain it. The police scanner equivalent of using a 555 phone number.