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Release Date: 11/14/2006

Blind people in Washington can now listen to newspapers and magazines over the Internet

Evergreen Radio Reading Service pilots web streaming project

 

Seattle, WA - From grocery ads to the letters to the editor, newspapers provide us with information that is essential to leading involved, self-directed lives. For many Washington residents, it is difficult or impossible to read the local paper because of visual, physical, or reading disabilities. Since 1973, the Evergreen Radio Reading Service (ERRS) has connected people to their communities by broadcasting information from local newspapers.

 

Over 100 volunteers donate their time and their voices to ERRS, hosting programs that include reading the daily newspapers from around the state, magazines such as Rolling Stone and TV Guide, short stories, and a weekly live call-in talk show that focuses on aging and disability issues.


The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library is testing web streaming as an alternative delivery method for ERRS. The ERRS radio signal is currently broadcast 24 hours a day on subcarriers of radio stations in Seattle, Spokane, and the Tri-Cities. Because of reception problems, a very long waiting list for the special radio receivers, and the limited geographic coverage of the broadcast signal, web streaming now brings this valuable service to a much wider audience. This pilot project is possible because of a generous grant from the Washington Council of the Blind.


Jim Eccles, a former ERRS listener who now lives in Vancouver, outside the broadcast signal area, said "I really appreciate this great, great service that I know that I, personally, am going to love once again getting to hear."


ABOUT THE WASHINGTON TALKING BOOK & BRAILLE LIBRARY
The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) is the public library for Washington residents who cannot read standard print. It is one of the 57 regional libraries of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. WTBBL circulates materials in large print, braille, and on specially formatted cassettes and runs the Evergreen Radio Reading Service. For more information, visit www.wtbbl.org.

 

For more information contact:

Craig Johnson, Evergreen Radio Reading Service
206-615-0400



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