WDUQ unsure of future of Radio Information Service for listeners who are blind

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The future of the 35-year-old Radio Information Service, a volunteer reading program for listeners who are blind or visually impaired, remains uncertain under pending ownership changes at WDUQ-FM, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. About 800 persons subscribed to the service in 2009, when the nonprofit that ran it folded. “This is not our program, but we are willing to help and donate the subcarrier to broadcast the programming,” said Lee Ferraro, g.m. of WYEP, one of the partners set to acquire WDUQ. He said RIS will be broadcast at least through July.

“The RIS isn’t out there broadcasting people telling jokes for entertainment purposes,” said Lillian Wolff, an RIS volunteer for 16 years. “Listening to the news like this makes these people feel like a part of society.”

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