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The Radio Information Service or RIS is a reading service for the blind in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is carried via subcarrier on WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh. Blindness can be defined physiologically as the condition of lacking visual perception. ... Pittsburgh skyline as viewed from Mount Washington Pittsburgh is a city in Western Pennsylvania, United States, and the county seat of Allegheny County. ... A subcarrier is separate analog or digital signal carried on a main radio transmission, which carries extra information such as voice or data. ... WDUQ is a public radio jazz and news station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


The RIS weekly audience is 1,200 listeners with two-thirds of the audience over 60 years of age. Most listeners live in Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland Counties but RIS also serves nine other counties in the region, including Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence and Somerset. RIS also serves parts of Ohio and West Virginia. Location in the state of Pennsylvania Formed January 22, 1800 Seat Pittsburgh Area  - Total  - Water 1,929 km² (745 mi²) 38 km² (15 mi²) 1. ... Washington County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Westmoreland County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Armstrong County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Beaver County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Butler County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Cambria County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Location in the state of Pennsylvania Formed September 26, 1783 Seat Uniontown Area  - Total  - Water 2,067 km² (798 mi²) 20 km² (8 mi²) 0. ... Greene County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Indiana County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Lawrence County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Somerset County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus (largest metropolitan area is Cleveland) Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 34th 116,096 km² 355 km 355 km 8. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 41st 62,809 km² 210 km 385 km 0. ...


Since its first broadcasts of only a few hours, RIS has grown to be a 24/7 radio station. Listeners access RIS through a special FM radio receiver, over the Internet, on Comcast Cable systems or through the RIS Telephone Dial-In Service. More than 200 people volunteer with RIS each year. Comcast Corporation, NASDAQ: CMCSA based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is both the largest cable company and the largest broadband (2nd overall) Internet Service Provider in the United States. ...


Programming

RIS bases its programming on its motto "Independence Through Information". Given that many visual impairments tend to be age-related, RIS's services are specially tailored to their needs. One of the most popular programs is the daily newspapers where a pair of narrators read local and regional newspapers, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Other programming includes popular magazines, ads from grocery, drug and department stores, TV listings and other special interest publications. Additionally, RIS provides translations of printed material to Braille or audio recording. The Narrator is the entity within a story that tells the story to the reader. ... The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, also known simply as the PG, is the largest daily newspaper serving metropolitan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is a newspaper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. It was founded in 1992 as an offshoot of the Greensburg Tribune-Review following a press strike at the two previously dominant Pittsburgh dailies. ... PREMIER - first The braille system, named after Louis Braille, is a method that is widely used by blind people to read and write. ...


History

At its founding in 1976 RIS was broadcast from the campus of Duquesne University. When operations grew too large for the station, the studio moved to the Southside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a private Catholic university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Southside is a neighborhood in the city of Pittsburgh, USA. It has a population of approximately 10,000 people. ...


In 2004, facing a lack of funding and a possible shutdown, the board of RIS began exploring possibilities of partnering with another organization.


On November 1, 2005, RIS entered into a Management Agreement with WDUQ. This agreement allows the the reading service to remain a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a governing board responsible for all fundraising and community outreach while WDUQ will be responsible for the day-to-day RIS business operations, including programming, services, personnel and volunteer management. WDUQ is a public radio jazz and news station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... 501(c)(3) is a provision of the US tax code that provides exempt status, for Federal income tax purposes, for some non-profit organizations in the United States (see 26 U.S.C. Â§ 501(c)(3)). The term refers to: Section 501. ...


External link

  • RIS website
  • WDUQ website

 
 

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