What is the Youngstown Radio Reading Service?
Operating over the SCA (sideband) of WYSU-FM, the Youngstown Radio Reading Service (YRRS) is a private, non-profit station serving the print impaired. The YRRS broadcasts print materials which are not otherwise accessible to its listeners.
Programming includes in-depth coverage of local newspapers along with readings from magazines, and best-selling books presented in series. Talk shows and special interest programs encourage listeners to share experiences, exchange views, and gain knowledge. Specially tuned radios are provided free of charge to qualified listeners.
These services are provided in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Ashtabula Counties, as well as areas of western Pennsylvania. Operations are funded through the Broadcast Educational Media Commission of Ohio, the United Ways of both Mahoning and Trumbull Counties, Lions Clubs, underwriting of programs by businesses and individuals, private donations and Goodwill’s operation.
YRRS is one of several vision services provided by Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries. The station is housed at the Goodwill offices on Belmont Avenue in Liberty.
Who Do We Serve?
The vast majority of the YRRS audience is visually impaired. Other people who qualify include those with physical impairments, such as stroke or multiple sclerosis. The final category of eligibility is learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.
How Does it Work?
In addition to the YRRS staff, more than 120 volunteers make it possible for the YRRS to broadcast 12 hours a day, Monday through Saturday. Volunteers are primarily responsible for reading the various materials for broadcast; however, they may also be involved in many other functions which are crucial to the station’s operations. These other tasks can include distribution of receivers, transportation, and coordinating and training new volunteers.
The radio station always welcomes new volunteers whether it is on a regular basis or a one-time commitment. If you are interested in volunteering or making a contribution, please contact the YRRS.
Are you qualified?
To find out if you or someone you know qualifies, please call the YRRS at 330.759.0100 or 800.452.2525, or through the contact us section of our website.