Illinois Radio Reader Service
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The Illinois Radio Reader is a free service for the reading impaired community of east central Illinois. The service depends on volunteer readers who produce 80+ hours of weekly programming.
What does IRR broadcast?
A free program guide is available by contacting IRR. The following newspapers are presented every weekday:
- Decatur Herald and Review and Decatur Tribune
- Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph
- Champaign-Urbana News Gazette
- Christian Science Monitor
- Vermilion County news (Commercial News)
- Grocery and drugstore ads
- The Ford County Record, Mahomet Citizen, Piatt County Journal-Republican and Rantoul Press on Fridays
- Books, entertainment features, sports, senior citizen features, health programs, magazines and more
- Talking Information Center during the nighttime and weekend hours
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.
For more information:
- Download an application to obtain a radio receiver (pdf) via the Illinois Radio Reader webpage.
- Contact the Illinois Radio Reader via phone or email.
Volunteering for Radio Reader
Every weekday, local programming is available for broadcast. The newspapers, magazines and books that are shared with the listeners are read by volunteers who either record at home and e-mail the material or who come to the Illinois Radio Office at 300 N Goodwin in Urbana to record in person. A short orientation and commitment to a half hour or an hour weekly is all it takes. On-call readers are also appreciated. If you have time to record, please contact Illinois Radio Reader via phone or email.