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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 or a link to listen online 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.

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

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 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
12:00 amHistory ProgramPet PauseDiabetic NewsPets + UsPrevention MagazineHealthAudio Book News
12:30 amGood Old DaysIndependent LivingAARP ReportEnabledNational GeographicFood & StuffScience/Computers/Technology
1:00 amPeople MagazineComment & CommentaryConsumer NewsThe National EnquirerSmithsonian MagazineEntertainment WeeklyScience of Our Times
2:00 amFinancial NewsMen’s HourWomen’s HourTime Magazine - CultureLiving at HomeThe WeekTouching the Future
3:00 amWellness & FitnessTo Your HealthSoap Opera DigestNew York Times Book ReviewPet HourWestern Short StoriesThe Economist
4:00 amThe AtlanticTime MagazinePeople MagazineKeystrokesIn the KitchenAfrican American HourThe Op-Ed Hour
5:00 amTravelAmerican HistoryThe WeekThe Lighter SideO MagazineSoap Opera DigestGuideposts
6:00 amNew York Times MagazineFunny PagesThe EconomistSports IllustratedTravelogueWomen’s HourChristian Today
7:00 amReader’s DigestDown to BusinessNational ReviewNewsweekThe AtlanticMen’s HourCatholic Today
8:00 amThe New YorkerBusiness WeekThe Weekly StandardTime MagazineWellness & FitnessSports IllustratedJewish Light
9:00 amYogaMother JonesYogaPoetryYogaLooking BackBody & Soul
9:30 amThe San Diego Union TribuneThe San Diego Union TribuneThe San Diego Union TribuneThe San Diego Union TribuneThe San Diego Union TribuneAtlantic MagazinePeople Magazine
10:30 amNational GeographicTime Magazine
11:00 amPet Pause
11:30 amIndependent LivingPrevention Magazine
12:00 pmLos Angeles TimesLos Angeles TimesLos Angeles TimesLos Angeles TimesLos Angeles TimesComment and CommentaryEntertainment Weekly
2:00 pmUSA TodayUSA TodayUSA TodayUSA TodayUSA TodayAmerican HistoryNew York Times Book Review
3:00 pmWall Street JournalWall Street JournalWall Street JournalWall Street JournalWall Street JournalTime Magazine - CultureO Magazine
4:00 pmWashington PostWashington PostWashington PostWashington PostWashington PostKeystrokesTravelogue
5:00 pmNew York TimesNew York TimesNew York TimesNew York TimesNew York TimesNew York Times Book ReviewIn the Kitchen
6:00 pmPet HourEyes on SuccessBusiness WeekEsquireFinancial NewsNew York TimesNew York Times
6:30 pmSilver ThreadsSound BodyConsumer NewsChristian Today
7:00 pmEntertainment WeeklySmithsonian MagazineFunny PagesTo Your HealthNational ReviewNational EnquirerCatholic Today
8:00 pmWestern Short StoriesThe Op-Ed HourAmerican HistoryReader's DigestThe Weekly StandardPeople MagazineJewish Light
9:00 pmChristian Science MonitorChristian Science MonitorChristian Science MonitorChristian Science MonitorChristian Science MonitorNew York Times MagazineThe New Yorker
10:00 pmAfrican American HourScience of Our TimesRolling StoneEntertainment WeeklyNewsweekThe Lighter SideTravel
11:00 pmComment & CommentaryTouching the FutureLiving at HomeDown to BusinessTime MagazineRolling StoneReader’s Digest
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
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

This schedule can also be heard via phone recording: 619-594-8170, then press 2. To have a print copy mailed to you, call 619-594-8170, then press 1 to leave a message with your request, including your name and address.
Note: Alternate programs occasionally air during some holiday periods, when there are technical difficulties or when volunteer readers are unavailable. Temporary changes are not reflected in the above regular schedule of the KPBS Radio Reading Service.

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.

Apply to Volunteer


Note: We only contact you when a position opens up on our schedule.