Radio Talking Book Service


Radio Talking Book Service provides human-voiced information choices to individuals who have disabilities which prevent them from reading, ensuring equal access to current, local print media necessary to lead a self-directed, productive life. Our two programs are: Radio Talking Book Network, a statewide radio reading service with programming from 11 newspapers and over 70 periodicals; and Listening Link, an educational program providing recordings of textbooks required for academic success.

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Address: 7101 Newport Avenue Suite #205
Omaha, NE 68152
The Radio Talking Book Network (RTBN), founded in 1974, is Nebraska's audio companion and only radio reading service. RTBN programming includes readings from 11 regional newspapers, weekly grocery and department store ads, information from over 70 magazines, live interviews on our Community Conversations, a Veterans Hour, and numerous other offerings, nearly all of which would otherwise be inaccessible to our listeners. To do this, RTBN uses over 100 volunteers who read print media aloud, either live or as a recording, and their diverse voices are broadcast statewide over the radio and internet to blind, visually impaired, or print disabled listeners. The voices of RTBN inform, entertain, and alleviate isolation, which often affects people with diminishing vision, providing listeners with companionship.

This human and personal presentation reaches listeners through RTBN's radio receivers, a familiar, easy-to-use medium provided at no cost to eligible individuals and care facilities. Recently, RTBN implemented AudioNow, a call-to-listen platform that allows our listeners to access our broadcast through a simple telephone call. RTBN is also available via internet stream that can be accessed on: our website; personal computers and tablets; two smart phone apps; and two new radio receiver options. In November 2017, RTBN introduced on-demand programming with podcasts of key programs to meet individual needs of accessibility, portability, and convenience.

The Listening Link program assists blind, visually impaired, and learning disabled students in eliminating educational barriers they face. Founded in 1992, Listening Link works with area schools and colleges, providing human-voiced recordings of textbooks and other course material required for degree completion and academic success. Volunteers provide over 2,000 hours of recorded textbooks and other educational materials that are not already available commercially or through such sources as the Library of Congress or Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Margaret from Omaha says, "Thank you for airing the League of Women Voters Guide. The information helped me so much as I voted for the first time in years."

"The variety of programs and news media...it's amazing!" Betty from Omaha gushes.

A 90 year-old Omaha listener tells us, "If I was stranded on a desert island, the only thing I would need to be happy would be my Radio Talking Book receiver."

Carol from Omaha told us "I've had to give up the Omaha World Herald and I've had that for 50 years. I'm so excited to listen to the Omaha World Herald with my radio!"

"You have a wonderful program to help the visually impaired. We are very much interested in staying alive intellectually," said an RTBN listener from Council Bluffs, IA.

The husband of a listener who lives near Hyannis, NE wrote, "We have received the new talking radio and it works great! The information is so good to have. Thanks so much."

A Chadron listener wrote, "Radio Talking Book is the one bright light of the days and nights that keeps me in balance."

A North Carolina donor wrote, "My Mom really enjoyed listening to your radio programs. Her favorite program was the man who reads the supermarket ads. She moved to be closer to me and already misses the service."