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KPBS Radio Reading Service

The KPBS Radio Reading Service broadcasts the readings of newspapers, books and magazines to those with low vision, blindness and other impairments. Airing 24 hours a day over a private audio channel, the Reading Service is accessible to qualified recipients in San Diego through a specialized radio, and online via audio webstream. All local publication readings are produced by KPBS volunteers.

To have a special radio (SCA Receiver) sent to you, fill out our online application to make sure you qualify:

To have a printed Application Packet sent to you or someone you know, please leave a name and mailing address on our voicemail system by calling (619) 594-8170. If you would like to listen online, please send us an email for more information.

Schedule|Volunteer|Frequently Asked Questions

Donate

The KPBS Radio Reading Service is a self-sustaining operation. We're a department of KPBS, but the Reading Service's annual operation budget is dependent on public donations. So we really could use your help! When making your charitable donations or planning your estate, please keep the KPBS Radio Reading Service in mind. If you would like to send a donation, checks can be made payable to the KPBS Reading Service and mailed to:

KPBS Reading Service
5200 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182

Schedule

    Monday

  • 12:00 am - Pet Pause
  • 12:30 am - Health Report
  • 1:00 am - At Home
  • 2:00 am - Consumer Hour
  • 3:00 am - National Review / Weekly Standars
  • 4:00 am - People Magazine
  • 4:30 am - Science & Technology
  • 5:00 am - Science Fiction Hour
  • 6:00 am - Good Old Days
  • 6:30 am - AARP Report
  • 7:00 am - Apple a Day
  • 8:00 am - New Yorker
  • 9:00 am - National Geographic
  • 9:30 am - San Diego Union-Tribune
  • 12:00 pm - Los Angeles Times
  • 2:00 pm - Wall Street Journal
  • 3:00 pm - New York Times
  • 4:00 pm - Washington Post
  • 5:00 pm - North County Times
  • 5:30 pm - Health Report
  • 7:00 pm - Key Strokes
  • 8:00 pm - Aging Gracefully
  • 9:00 pm - Christian Science Monitor
  • 9:30 pm - USA Today (Life & Money sections)
  • 10:00 pm - Travel Hour
  • 11:00 pm - Science & Technology
  • 11:30 pm - Food and Stuff

    Tuesday

  • 12:00 am - Diabetes News
  • 12:30 am - Health Report
  • 1:00 am - Sports
  • 2:00 am - Commentary
  • 3:00 am - The Economist
  • 4:00 am - Poetry
  • 4:30 am - Science & Technology
  • 5:00 am - National Enquirer
  • 6:00 am - International Hour
  • 7:00 am - In the Kitchen
  • 8:00 am - Readers Digest Hour
  • 9:00 am - San Diego Letters to the Editor
  • 9:30 am - San Diego Union-Tribune
  • 12:00 pm - Los Angeles Times
  • 2:00 pm - Wall Street Journal
  • 3:00 pm - New York Times
  • 4:00 pm - Washington Post
  • 5:00 pm - North County Times
  • 5:30 pm - Health Report
  • 6:00 pm - Column One (L.A Times' Column One features)
  • 7:00 pm - World Safari
  • 8:00 pm - Famous - Infamous
  • 9:00 pm - Christian Science Monitor
  • 9:30 pm - USA Today (Life & Money sections)
  • 10:00 pm - Money Matters
  • 11:00 pm - Science & Technology
  • 11:30 pm - Utne Reader

    Wednesday

  • 12:00 am - Historically Speaking
  • 12:30 am - Health Report
  • 1:00 am - The Pet Hour
  • 2:00 am - Living at Home
  • 3:00 am - African American Hour
  • 4:00 am - National Geographic
  • 4:30 am - Science & Technology
  • 5:00 am - Both Sides of the Aisle
  • 6:00 am - Touching the Future
  • 7:00 am - Multicultural Press
  • 8:00 am - Aging Gracefully
  • 9:00 am - Voice of San Diego (articles from VoiceofSanDiego.org)
  • 9:30 am - San Diego Union-Tribune
  • 12 pm - Los Angeles Times
  • 2:00 pm - Wall Street Journal
  • 3:00 pm - New York Times
  • 4:00 pm - Washington Post
  • 5:00 pm - North County Times
  • 5:30 pm - Health Report
  • 6:00 pm - Consumer's News
  • 7:00 pm - Vons Supermarket Ads
  • 7:20 pm - Ralphs Supermarket Ads
  • 7:40 pm - Albertsons Supermarket Ads
  • 7:55 pm - Sprouts Supermarket Ads
  • 8:00 pm - Kiosk Internationale
  • 9:00 pm - Christian Science Monitor
  • 9:30 pm - USA Today (Life & Money sections)
  • 10:00 pm - Magizine Rack (various)
  • 11:00 pm - Science & Technology
  • 11:30 pm - Looking Back

    Thursday

  • 12:00 am - Smithsonian
  • 12:30 am - Health Report
  • 1:00 am - Art Fare
  • 2:00 am - Audio Book News
  • 2:30 am - Body & Soul
  • 3:00 am - Consumer's News
  • 4:00 am - The Lighter Side
  • 4:30 am - Science & Technology
  • 5:00 am - Key Strokes
  • 6:00 am - O Magazine
  • 7:00 am - U.S. News & World Report
  • 8:00 am - Encyclopedia of the Air
  • 9:00 am - San Diego Business News
  • 9:30 am - San Diego Union-Tribune
  • 12 pm - Los Angeles Times
  • 2:00 pm - Wall Street Journal
  • 3:00 pm - New York Times
  • 4:00 pm - Washington Post
  • 5:00 pm - North County Times
  • 5:30 pm - Health Report
  • 6:00 pm - New Yorker
  • 7:00 pm - The Pet Hour
  • 8:00 pm - Both Sides of the Aisle
  • 9:00 pm - Christian Science Monitor
  • 9:30 pm - USA Today (Life & Money sections)
  • 10:00 pm - The Economist
  • 11:00 pm - Science & Technology
  • 11:30 pm - AARP Report

    Friday

  • 12:00 am - People Magazine
  • 12:30 am - Health Report
  • 1:00 am - Money Matters
  • 2:00 am - World Safari
  • 3:00 am - The Weight Loss Show
  • 4:00 am - The Diabetes Show
  • 4:30 am - Science & Technology
  • 5:00 am - Short Stories
  • 6:00 am - Bookcase
  • 7:00 am - The Week
  • 8:00 am - Magizine Rack (various)
  • 9:00 am - San Diego Events
  • 9:30 am - San Diego Union-Tribune
  • 12 pm - Los Angeles Times
  • 2:00 pm - Wall Street Journal
  • 3:00 pm - New York Times
  • 4:00 pm - Washington Post
  • 5:00 pm - North County Times
  • 5:30 pm - Health Report
  • 6:00 pm - Multicultural Press
  • 7:00 pm - Living at Home
  • 8:00 pm - Science Fiction Hour
  • 9:00 pm - Christian Science Monitor
  • 9:30 pm - USA Today (Life & Money sections)
  • 10:00 pm - Commentary
  • 11:00 pm - Science & Technology
  • 11:30 pm - National Geographic

    Saturday

  • 12:00 am - The Lighter Side
  • 12:30 am - Health Report
  • 1:00 am - Column One (in-depth features: L.A Times' Column One)
  • 2:00 am - National Enquirer
  • 3:00 am - New Yorker
  • 4:00 am - Oprah
  • 4:30 am - Science & Technology
  • 5:00 am - Famous - Infamous
  • 6:00 am - Women's Hour
  • 7:00 am - Men's Hour
  • 8:00 am - Kiosk Internationale
  • 9:00 am - San Diego City Beat magazine
  • 9:30 am - San Diego Union-Tribune
  • 12:00 pm - Los Angeles Times
  • 2:00 pm - To Your Health
  • 3:00 pm - Parenting
  • 4:00 pm - African American Hour
  • 5:00 pm - North County Times
  • 5:30 pm - Health Report
  • 6:00 pm - Sports Illustrated
  • 7:00 pm - Science of Our Times
  • 8:00 pm - The Week
  • 9:00 pm - Cook's Corner
  • 9:30 pm - Poetry
  • 10:00 pm - U.S. News & World Report
  • 11:00 pm - Science & Technology
  • 11:30 pm - Smithsonian

    Sunday

  • 12:00 am - Audio Book News
  • 12:30 am - Health Report
  • 1:00 am - Consumer's Advocate
  • 2:00 am - Readers Digest Hour
  • 3:00 am - Animal Watch
  • 4:00 am - Body & Soul
  • 4:30 am - Science and Technology
  • 5:00 am - Reading Room
  • 6:00 am - Sports
  • 7:00 am - Devotions
  • 8:00 am - Business Week
  • 9:00 am - San Diego Reader
  • 9:30 am - San Diego Union-Tribune
  • 12 pm - Los Angeles Times
  • 2:00 pm - The Economist
  • 3:00 pm - In the Kitchen
  • 4:00 pm - Search & Discover
  • 5:00 pm - North County Times
  • 5:30 pm - Health Report
  • 6:00 pm - International Hour
  • 7:00 pm - Art Fare
  • 8:00 pm - Touching the Future
  • 9:00 pm - Historically Speaking
  • 9:30 pm - Parade
  • 10:00 pm - Encyclopedia of the Air
  • 11:00 pm - Science & Technology
  • 11:30 pm - Short Stories

Newspaper Readings

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • 9:30 a.m. - Section A (begins with front page articles)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Our Region (San Diego, California)
  • 10:30 a.m. - Op-Ed
  • 10:50 a.m. - Business
  • 11:05 a.m. - Horoscopes
  • 11:10 a.m. - Dear Abby
  • 11:15 a.m. - General Features
  • 11:30 a.m. - Comics
  • 11:35 a.m. - TV Listings
  • 11:40 a.m. - Sports

    Los Angeles Times

  • 12:00 p.m. - Section A (begins with front page articles)
  • 12:30 p.m. - California
  • 1:00 p.m. - Editorials & Opinion
  • 1:25 p.m. - Features
  • 1:45 p.m. - Business
  • Note: The above selections are read daily by volunteers of the KPBS Radio Reading Service. Readings may vary during holidays, when volunteers are unavailable, or from other technical issues.

Volunteer

With the help of nearly 150 readers, volunteers are essential to our service. Prospective volunteers must meet our general requirements and come in to our KPBS Reading Service studios at San Diego State University for their reading assignments. Our unique program benefits thousands of listeners, and we hope you'll consider lending your voice.

Getting Started

When we have reading positions open up, the first thing we do is contact prospective volunteers from our Volunteer Waiting List. Interested in being added to that list? Here's the process: First, read through our volunteer requirements and background information. If you meet the specified requirements and are still interested, then fill out a volunteer application at the bottom of the page.

Note: Length of waits are difficult to predict, at times varying from a couple of weeks to a few months or longer. Though a first step towards becoming a reader for our program, not all who add their names to our waiting list are ensured of a future volunteer position.

Reader Requirements

  1. One year minimum commitment This helps us cut down on the amount of turnover and time spent on bringing in (and training) new volunteers. Thus, our volunteer program wouldn't be a good fit for those with work or class schedules that will soon change, those planning to move out of town in the next year, those looking for work whose availability could change upon finding employment, etc.
  2. Minimum Age = 21 Many of our listeners prefer hearing adult voices reading materials aloud. In addition, with changing class schedules each quarter or semster, high school and college students are usually not able to meet the one year requirement mentioned above.
  3. 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Able to come in to our Radio Reading Service studios at KPBS on the campus of San Diego State University two to three times a month for either a weekday or weekend shift of 9:30 am - 12 noon or 12 - 2 pm (a few reading spots are just for once a month or as occasional subs). SDSU is located off Interstate 8 in the College Area just before La Mesa.
  4. Most common assignments

    • On call or regular live newspaper readings with a partner on either The U-T San Diego (9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or the Los Angeles Times (12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.), trading off every other article, up to five minutes at a time.
    • Solo 30-minute to one-hour recorded readings of other local publications. Shifts start at either 9:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. for these readings as well. Though they typically last no more than one hour, volunteers who read alone for pre-recorded publications still must be available to occasionally fill in for an additional one to two hours (following their recording), providing fill in assistance on live newspaper readings in an adjacent studio if one of two readers there wasn't able to come in at the last minute (rare).
  5. Have home Internet access & email - This requirement is due to the fact that training materials, reader backup lists, many volunteer communications, etc. are provided online.
  6. Willing to find own temporary replacements -- When unavailable to come in for scheduled readings (except in cases of personal emergencies). This is done using an on-call reader mass email list that you are added to when accepted to be a volunteer.
  7. Able to have a regular assignment - Those who start off as on-call readers should be willing to move into a regularly scheduled position (no more than 2 - 3 x a month) if one becomes available. Some readers start off on-call, others begin with regular assignments, depending on what is open at the time. If you start off as an on-call or 'sub' reader, you should be willing to move into a regular slot if one eventually becomes available (though subs often move into regular spots, future regular positions aren't guaranteed). We understand traveling happens but we are looking for someone who does not regularly leave San Diego monthly.

Whew! Still interested after reading all this? Great, thank you for hanging in there! Since you got this far, it looks like you could be a good fit for our program. So let's go ahead and add you to our volunteer waiting list.

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