Radio Reading Service

WJCT Radio Reading Service enriches and empowers the lives of individuals in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia who are visually impaired and print challenged. Our closed circuit radio station broadcasts commercial-free readings of local and national newspapers, magazines, books, and much more 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Founded on May 3, 1993, it remains the only service of its kind on the First Coast.
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Welcome to the Radio Reading Service for people living with low vision.

Whether you are listening to the Radio Reading Service (RRS) here online, or are listening via a free special radio receiver we have loaned you, we hope that you are enjoying the range of programs offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Because our funding comes from grants and donations, we are sometimes asked to provide information about our listening audience, and demonstrate our commitment to obtaining Listener feedback. To keep our Listener database up-to-date and to improve our programming, please tell us if you’re an online listener by filling out the Listener Application/Data Form below:


  • You do not need to fill out the Listener Data Form online if you have already completed and sent in a hard copy version previously.
  • If you want to return your radio receiver, please print and fill out the Radio Receiver Return Form and follow the instructions.

Fill out the NEW Listener Application/Data Form Online

NEW Listener Application/Data Form

Download the NEW Listener Application/Data Form* (Printer Friendly)

NEW Listener Application/Data Form

Return your RRS Radio Receiver*
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RRS Radio Return Form

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Thank you for being a part of our listening audience. Feel free at any time to give us call at (904) 358-6308 with any questions or feedback you may have throughout the year.

Our Program Schedule

RRS Program Schedule

Listen to the RRS Program Schedule

WJCT Radio Reading Service provides news, information, and entertainment through a wide variety of publications, including the Florida Times-Union, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, popular magazines, and best selling books. Other highlights include the latest from the Blindness & Disability News Hour, tales of travel, health, exercise, consumer tips, and more! Our locally produced and hosted programs include Sports Gumbo (Sundays at 2am & 2pm) and Williemae’s Inspirational Music (Sundays at 10am & 4pm). Over 50 local volunteers, as well as program providers and volunteer readers throughout the country, help WJCT Radio Reading Service achieve excellence in programming.

Sports Gumbo

Sports Gumbo is an hour of sports news, trivia, facts, and blogs as produced and hosted by Jacksonville’s Earl Kitchings. Sundays at 2am & 2pm.


Williemae’s Inspirational Music

Williemae’s Inspirational Music is an hour of beautiful music compiled by WJCT receptionist, Williemae Young. Williemae puts together a program that touches, inspires and heals the soul through music. Each show relates to different components of relationships and life’s challenges. Sundays at 10am and 4pm.


Check out the new program on our schedule:

  • Military Times – Tuesdays at 6AM and Saturdays/Sundays at 9PM

Be A Volunteer!

Volunteers provide the heart and voice of the WJCT Radio Reading Service. Local volunteers broadcast live readings of the Florida Times-Union and other printed material seven days a week. Each volunteer reads up to two hours per week with one or two partners. Our volunteers represent all walks of life. They are teachers, librarians, financial executives, former broadcasters, entrepreneurs, homemakers, photographers, actors, attorneys, students, and retired professionals. Listed below are qualifications that enable them, and hopefully YOU, to maintain the high quality of service our listeners deserve.

  • pleasant reading voice
  • excellent pronunciation and projection
  • smooth reading ability
  • nice inflection
  • compassion and sensitivity
  • interest in community and current events
  • commitment, dependability, and availability

If you are unable to be a reader, we greatly appreciate volunteers who lend their time and expertise in other roles. Join our team of dedicated volunteers who make a difference every day in an incredibly unique, rewarding, and fun way!

RRS Volunteer Application

Rachel Schwertfeger (left) and Bill Robichaud (right) are volunteer RRS readers on Saturdays.

Radio Reading Service Needs Your Help

RRS Announcements

RRS Gil Manalli Has Passed Away

WJCT has received word that the station’s Radio Reading Service founder, Gil Manalli, died on April 21, 2017 at his home in Anderson, S.C. He was 85. Manalli started the Radio Reading Service in May of 1993, the only newspaper reading service for the blind in NE Florida. In this 1993 photo, he’s seen (seated) with another WJCT manager, Ray Hickman.

His wife Susan Manalli wrote, “I will miss his voice, speaking and singing, his love of people and places, especially Europe, his fascination with all languages, and his inspirational struggle to survive health issues after health collapse in order to write about his life.”

She added that there were two passions that consumed him:

  • The first was the honor of being chosen as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Germany for 1957-58.
  • The second was his role in establishing and managing the Radio Reading Service for the visually impaired and print challenged at the public radio station WJCT in Jacksonville, Florida.

He measured his life against those two successes.

Thank you, Gil, for your commitment to and passion for helping the visually impaired in the First Coast Community. You will be so very missed…

For information about his service CLICK HERE

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that tax-deductible donations be made in his memory to: WJCT Radio Reading Service, 100 Festival Park Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

RRS Acknowledgments

RRS Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

On April 17, 2017, WJCT hosted a luncheon celebrating and honoring each and every one of WJCT’s many volunteers. From daily reading for WJCT’s Radio Reading Service to envelope stuffing and answering telephones, our volunteers go above and beyond to help WJCT serve the First Coast community. Thank you, volunteers!

View all the images from the volunteer luncheon!
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Pictured (top) – Bonnielee Kolar accepts appreciation for 15 years service. Pictured (bottom) – RRS volunteers attend a luncheon in their honor.

Grants & Donations


Uptown Civitan Club

On August 25, WJCT spoke to the members of the Uptown Civitan Club in Jacksonville, FL. Just days later, the Civitan Club’s Philanthropic Committee awarded WJCT’s Radio Reading Service $1,500 to help provide special radio programming for people with visual or physical challenges.

Pictured left to right: Stan Cleiland, Michael Boylan, Mattie Fraser and Michelle Corum


Delta Gamma Sorority

In 2015, Delta Gamma sorority at UNF donated $6,000.00 to WJCT’s Radio Reading Service for the blind and visually impaired. The funds will help pay for the special sub-channel radios that listeners need in order to hear the service. In addition to this contribution, Delta Gamma sorority members, as part of their philanthropy, help read the Sunday newspaper (the Florida Times-Union) to the approximately 900 listeners who need it.

Pictured left to right: UNF Delta Gammas Delaney Fort and Alexandra Winsor


WJCT Radio Reading Service is a non-profit service depending solely on donations to operate. Contributions are vital to the continued success and growth of this service. A donation is appreciated. If you enjoy our service, please encourage friends and family to offer financial support. This tax-deductible gift will provide news, information, entertainment, and cultural opportunities to community members who are visually impaired and print-challenged. You will connect and engage listeners as you give the gift of independence.

To Contribute to the Radio Reading Service

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Make tax-deductible donations to:

WJCT Radio Reading Service
100 Festival Park Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32202


Michelle Corum
WJCT Radio Reading Service
100 Festival Park Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 358-6308

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