WXXI Reachout Radio, is a special closed-circuit radio service that provides access to daily newspapers, magazines and other print content for people who are unable to read standard print due to vision loss or physical disability.
Listeners access the service via specially-tuned radios, loaned free of charge to eligible applicants, via a webstream or the iBlink Radio mobile app. All of the reading is done by volunteers.
What do we read? WXXI Reachout Radio broadcasts readings 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The majority of our programming focuses on daily print news publications, that are not readily available in an accessible format.
Local broadcasts run weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with much of that programming repeating from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. Local weekend broadcasts are live from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Saturdays) and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Sundays), with much of that programming repeating until 5:30 p.m. All other hours contain programs of national interest from the Talking Information Center (TIC) Network from Massachusetts.
Who is eligible? Eligible print-handicapped individuals include those with visual impairment or blindness, those who suffer from a physical disability which prohibits the holding of printed material, or one with a learning disability such as dyslexia. The service is also made available for people who are temporarily disabled due to surgery or accident.
Broadcast Range: The service is broadcast on a subcarrier frequency of 91.5 FM in Rochester, and 90.3 FM in Houghton. Its broadcast reaches listeners in Monroe, Orleans, Wayne, Genesee, Ontario, Wyoming, Livingston, Yates, Seneca and portions of Allegany and Steuben counties. Reachout Radio is also available world wide via a webstream or on mobile via the free Sero (formerly iBlink Radio app).
WXXI Reachout Radio is one of more than 120 radio reading services available through the United States that are members of the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS). For information on a service in another area, call toll-free 1-800-280-5325.