Radio Talking Book Service Inc

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Bekah Jerde
Primary Contact Name
Bekah Jerde
Main Address

7101 Newport Ave
Suite 205
Omaha, NE 68152
United States

What We Do

Radio Talking Book Service (RTBS) is a nonprofit radio station that broadcasts print information statewide via radio signal and the internet. RTBS volunteers read newspapers and magazines aloud and their diverse voices are broadcast to blind, low vision, or print impaired listeners. Eligible listeners are provided radios at no cost to access our programming or are able to access it on home computers, tablets, smartphones, or smart speakers. We are in our 48th year of ensuring equal access to print media through three programs: Radio Talking Book Network, a statewide radio reading service; Listening Link, an educational reading program; and new in 2023, Audio Description. Our volunteers read the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star daily, weekly grocery and department store ads, 15 regional newspapers, and we use over 70 magazines to provide additional programming. RTBS informs, entertains, and brings the printed word to life for our listeners, empowering them to remain active and engaged in their community.

RTBS is thrilled to announce the addition of our newest service, Audio Description (AD)! From Broadway to ballet, RTBS will partner with community venues to provide equal access to programming and events through audio description services.  This service empowers attendees with a visual disability to join family and friends for an exhibit, performance, or event. Then, using a headset provided by RTBS, they listen to a trained audio describer relate the visual information in real time.  This can include costumes and sets, artwork, the antics of a team’s mascot, animals in a zoo habitat, the spectacle of a parade, and so much more! RTBS has an amazing team of describers ready to make arts and culture available for everyone.

Interesting Info
  • RTBS serves over 11,000 individuals with print impairments in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa.
  • Individuals who are blind or low vision are denied access to 95% of published text.
  • Founded in 1974, RTBS was one of six original radio reading services in the country.
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