The WJCT Radio Reading Service is not up to full operating capacity at this time. Due to the coronavirus, our volunteers are not able to read the paper here in-studio. However, temporarily we are offering one-hour readings of the Florida Times-Union newspaper at 9 a.m. on Monday through Friday. This is due to some volunteers having the audio equipment to read from home.
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.
Hear readings of The Florida Times-Union
If old readings play when one of the buttons below is clicked, try clearing your web browser’s cache in order to make sure you have access to the most recent reading.
Our thanks to this year’s contributors to the WJCT Radio Reading Service: Florida Eye Specialists.
Welcome to the Radio Reading Service for people living with low vision.
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.
SPECIAL NOTES TO LISTENERS WHO ALREADY HAVE A RRS RADIO RECEIVER:
- 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.
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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
New Radio Reading Service schedule starting November 19, 2018.
RRS Program ScheduleListen 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, Wall Street Journal, 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 program is Williemae’s Inspirational Music (Sundays at 6:30 am/pm & 12:30 am/pm). Over 30 local volunteers, as well as program providers and volunteer readers throughout the country, help WJCT Radio Reading Service achieve excellence in programming.
Be A Radio Reading Service 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
Rachel Schwertfeger (left) and Bill Robichaud (right) are volunteer RRS readers on Saturdays.
Radio Reading Service Needs Your Help
RRS Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
On April 13, 2019, WJCT hosted a luncheon celebrating and honoring WJCT’s many volunteers, including those with the Radio Reading Service. Volunteers like Claire Michel (who has been a reading volunteer for 15 years) go above and beyond to help WJCT serve the First Coast community. Thank you, volunteers!
Grants & Donations
Delta Gamma Sorority
In 2017, Delta Gamma sorority at UNF donated nearly $3,000.00 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 (L) to (R): UNF Delta Gammas Mary Sylvia Hinnant & Kenly Keyser
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.