Micah Loewinger produced this story for On the Media (OTM) about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6th of this year. Micah logged into a public channel on Zello, a walkie-talkie type app, and listened to conversations on “Stop the Steal J6,” a channel set up by far-right extremists. As he monitored the channel, the app saved a file to Micah’s computer and he immediately had access to an audio recording of everything that was said. Micah describes the whole process and the value of the recordings on this episode of HowSound.
One thing we didn’t discuss in the episode that is worth pointing out here is the excellent structure of the story. A significant portion of the piece was centered around an anonymous user on the Zello channel — “Ohio Regulars Actual Oath Keeper.” Micah uses her anonymity to raise a question: who is she?