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, the Central Massachusetts’ affiliate, 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 and on the Internet with the help of over 170 volunteers. Relocated to fully accessible studios in 2003, it now includes staff, volunteers and guests of all abilities.
To the right are two videos created for Audio Journal. The first was produced in 2019 by interns at WCCA TV in Worcester. Clicking on the video will take you to a link where you can start the video. The portion about Audio Journal starts just before the 2 minute mark and runs about 11 minutes. The second video was produced by Assumption College students in 2011.