Although there may be conflicting histories, our understanding is that Radio Reading Services began in Minnesota in 1969 when a blind executive realized that the same technology which transmitted Muzak could be used to broadcast information to people with visual impairments. Beginning in 1977, the Talking Information Center in Marshfield was the first Massachusetts Radio Reading Service. Now there are six which are located in: Worcester, Lowell, Marshfield, Mashpee, Pittsfield, and Springfield.
Audio Journal, in Worcester, began broadcasting in 1987 with five volunteers to 300 listeners from an unused closet at the Worcester Public Library. It now reaches thousands of homes on special receivers, on cable television, via telephone, internet, and smart speaker with the help of over 150 volunteers. Relocated to fully accessible studios in 2003, it now includes staff, volunteers and guests of all abilities.