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Radio Talking Book Service Now Offering Audio Description

This blog is guest written by Bekah Jerde, Radio Talking Book Service executive director

As the executive director of Radio Talking Book Service (RTBS), I have exciting news to broadcast far and wide!

We at RTBS are a nonprofit radio station that broadcasts print information across Nebraska and southwest Iowa to blind, low vision, or print impaired listeners.

I am 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.

Audio Description is scheduled for the performance dates listed below. It can also be arranged by special request. 

Please reach out to the respective venues to purchase tickets and indicate you are requesting Audio Description.  Additionally, you can contact RTBS at (402) 572-3003 to request the service at a performance or venue not listed below or if you have any questions at all about AD. 

Orpheum Theater 

  • To Kill a Mockingbird: Saturday, February 11 at 2pm

  • Les Miserables: Saturday, March 11 at 2pm

  • Frozen: Saturday, April 22 at 2pm

  • Hairspray: Saturday, June 10 at 2pm

The Rose Theater 

  • The Lightning Thief: Saturday, January 28 at 2pm

  • Havana Hop: Saturday, February 18 at 2pm

  • Stinky Cheese Man: Saturday, March 25 at 2pm

  • Last Stop on Market Street: Saturday, April 22 at 2pm

  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Saturday, June 17 at 2pm

We are excited to offer this service to the community and would appreciate your help spreading the word to folks who might need this service. We are also always looking for more volunteers and donors to support our equal access programs. Thank you or supporting Radio Talking Book Service!

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