/favicon.ico

Search

Illinois Radio Reader Service

Date:

Ongoing

Resource Type:

Media Broadcast

Participation Details:

  • Volunteers are needed for this resource
  • Participation is limited:
    Anyone who has a visual, or physical disability which impairs his or her ability to read may be elig

Address(es):

Phone:

  • 217-333-6505

Email:

Contacts:

Parent Program(s):

Options:

 

Content Area(s):

Description:

A free radio service for the blind and visually impaired community of east central Illinois.

The Illinois Radio Reader is a free radio service for the blind and visually impaired community of east central Illinois. More than 560 listeners are kept up-to-date on world, national, state and local news via a special radio receiver. The service depends on more than 70 volunteer readers, who produce some 80 hours of local programming each week. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call 217-333-6503.

What does IRR broadcast?

A free program guide is available by contacting IRR. The following newspapers are presented every weekday:

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Decatur Herald & Review
  • Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph
  • Champaign-Urbana News Gazette
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Vermilion Co. editon of the News-Gazette
  • Local and area advertisements
  • The Paxton Record, Mahomet Citizen, Piatt County Journal Republican, and Rantoul Press are presented weekly.
  • Books, cooking programs, medical programs, senior citizen features, entertainment programming.
  • Talking Information Center Network, with its coverage of popular magazines.

How does the service work?

Programming at the Illinois Radio Reader (IRR) is created by a host of volunteer readers who donate their time and talents to record and produce the varying programs on the IRR schedule. IRR programming can be had in a few different ways, and all of them are free to registered, qualified users. The first way is by obtaining special radio receivers from the IRR office by filling out the user application. This simple to use radio receives a subcarrier signal provided by IPM - WILL-FM and is specially tuned to received only the IRR subcarrier signal. Broadcasts can be heard by obtaining special radio receivers from the IRR office by filling out the user application. You can also find the online stream of the IRR signal on this page by clicking on the link "Listen to the Illinois Radio Reader Service", and finally by downloading the free app "iBlink Radio" to your iPhone or other smart phone. Once it is downloaded, you can find the Illinois Radio Reader stream located in the sub-category of Radio Reading Services.

Who qualifies to receive this free service?

Anyone who has a visual or physical disability which impairs his or her ability to read may be eligible to obtain this free service.

To find out more:

  • Download an application to obtain a radio receiver via the Illinois Radio Reader webpage.
  • Contact the Illinois Radio Reader via phone or email (information on left).

States Impacted:

Audiences:

Events for August 2017 (Grid View)

S M T W T F S
View list of events for the week of July 30, 2017
July 30, 2017
July 31, 2017
August 1, 2017:
(7 Events)
August 2, 2017:
(6 Events)
August 3, 2017:
(6 Events)
August 4, 2017:
(5 Events)
August 5, 2017:
(0 Events)
View list of events for the week of August 6, 2017
August 6, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 7, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 8, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 9, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 10, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 11, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 12, 2017:
(0 Events)
View list of events for the week of August 13, 2017
August 13, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 14, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 15, 2017:
(1 Event)
August 16, 2017:
(1 Event)
August 17, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 18, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 19, 2017:
(0 Events)
View list of events for the week of August 20, 2017
August 20, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 21, 2017:
(1 Event)
August 22, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 23, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 24, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 25, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 26, 2017:
(0 Events)
View list of events for the week of August 27, 2017
August 27, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 28, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 29, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 30, 2017:
(0 Events)
August 31, 2017:
(0 Events)
September 1, 2017
September 2, 2017

Browse the Portal

Connect with us

University of Illinois
Portal questions or comments? Contact us!
© 2017 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

Follow us: