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.
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
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|12:00 am||History Program||Pet Pause||Diabetic News||Pets + Us||Prevention Magazine||Health||Audio Book News|
|12:30 am||Good Old Days||Independent Living||AARP Report||Enabled||National Geographic||Food & Stuff||Science/Computers/Technology|
|1:00 am||People Magazine||Comment & Commentary||Consumer News||The National Enquirer||Smithsonian Magazine||Entertainment Weekly||Science of Our Times|
|2:00 am||Financial News||Men’s Hour||Women’s Hour||Time Magazine - Culture||Living at Home||The Week||Touching the Future|
|3:00 am||Wellness & Fitness||To Your Health||Soap Opera Digest||New York Times Book Review||Pet Hour||Western Short Stories||The Economist|
|4:00 am||The Atlantic||Time Magazine||People Magazine||Keystrokes||In the Kitchen||African American Hour||The Op-Ed Hour|
|5:00 am||Travel||American History||The Week||The Lighter Side||O Magazine||Soap Opera Digest||Guideposts|
|6:00 am||New York Times Magazine||Funny Pages||The Economist||Sports Illustrated||Travelogue||Women’s Hour||Christian Today|
|7:00 am||Reader’s Digest||Down to Business||National Review||Newsweek||The Atlantic||Men’s Hour||Catholic Today|
|8:00 am||The New Yorker||Business Week||The Weekly Standard||Time Magazine||Wellness & Fitness||Sports Illustrated||Jewish Light|
|9:00 am||Yoga||Mother Jones||Yoga||Poetry||Yoga||Looking Back||Body & Soul|
|9:30 am||The San Diego Union Tribune||The San Diego Union Tribune||The San Diego Union Tribune||The San Diego Union Tribune||The San Diego Union Tribune||Atlantic Magazine||People Magazine|
|10:30 am||National Geographic||Time Magazine|
|11:00 am||Pet Pause|
|11:30 am||Independent Living||Prevention Magazine|
|12:00 pm||Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times||Comment and Commentary||Entertainment Weekly|
|2:00 pm||USA Today||USA Today||USA Today||USA Today||USA Today||American History||New York Times Book Review|
|3:00 pm||Wall Street Journal||Wall Street Journal||Wall Street Journal||Wall Street Journal||Wall Street Journal||Time Magazine - Culture||O Magazine|
|4:00 pm||Washington Post||Washington Post||Washington Post||Washington Post||Washington Post||Keystrokes||Travelogue|
|5:00 pm||New York Times||New York Times||New York Times||New York Times||New York Times||New York Times Book Review||In the Kitchen|
|6:00 pm||Pet Hour||Eyes on Success||Business Week||Esquire||Financial News||New York Times||New York Times|
|6:30 pm||Silver Threads||Sound Body||Consumer News||Christian Today|
|7:00 pm||Entertainment Weekly||Smithsonian Magazine||Funny Pages||To Your Health||National Review||National Enquirer||Catholic Today|
|8:00 pm||Western Short Stories||The Op-Ed Hour||American History||Reader's Digest||The Weekly Standard||People Magazine||Jewish Light|
|9:00 pm||Christian Science Monitor||Christian Science Monitor||Christian Science Monitor||Christian Science Monitor||Christian Science Monitor||New York Times Magazine||The New Yorker|
|10:00 pm||African American Hour||Science of Our Times||Rolling Stone||Entertainment Weekly||Newsweek||The Lighter Side||Travel|
|11:00 pm||Comment & Commentary||Touching the Future||Living at Home||Down to Business||Time Magazine||Rolling Stone||Reader’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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Most common assignments
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.