Props used for dramatic presentation do not have to do real work...
Chosen for the looks, availability may also come into play.
I was in HRO Burbank once and they had some
studio guys in the store renting electronic gear for some
TV or movie production. I think they rented a PROI or PROII.
They liked the color display!
And some other stuff.....the more lights the better.....
I saw a made-for-TV cheesy Sci Fi program once.
Giant mutant bugs or something. The small town Sheriff's
Office had a TS-940 for a scanner by the dispatcher's
desk. I assume they were using it as a scanner, no mic attached.
(Then again, the freq was stuck somewhere on 20m)
Oh yeah, the giant bugs killed the lady dispatcher while
the sheriff's posse was out chasing those sneaky bugs.
Life's a bitch.....
73, Ken AD6KA