Youngstown Radio Reading Service celebrates 45 years
YOUNGSTOWN, OH (May 28) – The Youngstown Radio Reading Service, a department of Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, celebrates 45 years of broadcasting. YRRS, which began broadcasting on May 28, 1976, is a special non-profit radio station dedicated to providing independent access to information for people who are blind or print impaired.
YRRS will commemorate the milestone with a series of anniversary programs, airing every Tuesday in June at 2 p.m., and again at 8:30 p.m. These half-hour shows will feature volunteers, longtime listeners and former employees, discussing the history of Radio Reading, individual experiences and memories. Each episode will also be available on Goodwill’s website after it airs.
“I feel very fortunate to be a part of this anniversary celebration, and I look forward to continuing to help provide important information to our listeners,” said Mike Muder, Youngstown Radio Reading Service Coordinator at Goodwill.
YRRS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, airing a variety of original interview shows and special-interest programs on top of content from newspapers, magazines and books, read by volunteers.
“Our volunteers are amazing,” Muder noted. “Their dedication and belief in our mission has always been evident, and they continue to show what a special group they are.”
Originally part of the Youngstown Society for the Blind and Disabled, YRRS operated for two years on the Youngstown State University campus before moving to studios at YSBD in 1978. When YSBD closed in 1992, YRRS moved to its current location at Youngstown Goodwill’s corporate offices on Belmont Avenue, where it became part of Goodwill’s mission services and created job opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired.
Since then, YRRS achieved a series of upgrades, including the launch of a digital automation system, equipment improvements, recording studio renovations and the launch of its online stream and Amazon Alexa skill.
“I often think of all the time and hard work from so many great people over the years that went in to making YRRS what it is today,” Muder reflected. “It is a great honor for me to be part of the service and help continue the mission of Goodwill and Radio Reading.”
Operating on the SCA channel of WYSU-FM, YRRS is available on specially tuned radios provided free to listeners, streaming online on the Goodwill website at www.goodwillyoungstown.org and can also be accessed on Amazon Alexa by using the skill name “Goodwill Youngstown Radio.”