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is broadcast via Public Radio East, a public radio station with
transmitters in several locations in central eastern North Carolina.
can only be heard with a special radio, tuned to our frequency. We
purchase and provide these special radios to qualified listeners, who are
unable to read conventional printed materials because of blindness or
other visual, physical or learning disabilities.
We can also
be heard on the in-house TV systems of Vidant Medical Center in
Greenville and Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern. Some of
our programs are also carried on the Public Access Channel of the
Suddenlink Cable System in Pitt County.
The foundation upon which
the Radio Reading Service operates is volunteer service. Readers for
local broadcasts are drawn from over 80 volunteers, who may each
contribute 50 to 150 hours of service per year. Training is provided.
Reading usually takes 1½-2 hours per shift. People volunteer between 1
and 6 days per month. Visit our website or call us if you are interested
in becoming a reader.
VISUAL IMPAIRMENT IN EASTERN NC
estimated that more than 15,200 people in eastern North Carolina suffer
significant functional limitation in seeing print. There are
approximately 2000 individuals in this area who have been identified by
the NC Division of Services for the Blind to be legally blind or
visually impaired. There are many other persons who experience
significant vision loss that are not registered with this state program.
budget of approximately $20,000 is met through contributions from
individuals, businesses, civic groups, charitable organizations or
foundations, churches and fund-raising events. We receive no regular
federal or state support.
contributors include The Greater Greenville Foundation, Carolina East
Medical Center, The Harold H. Bate Foundation, Carolina East Foundation,
Craven Community Foundation, Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation, The
Perkins Foundation, The Pitt County Board of Commissioners and area