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. The Talking Information Center, the head of the Massachusetts Reading Network, began in 1977 in Marshfield. There are affiliates in Mashpee, Lowell, Springfield, Pittsfield and Worcester.
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.