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The Radio Reading Network of Maryland provides access to newspapers, magazines and books for those persons who are either visually or physically impaired to the degree that they cannot read for themselves.
The purpose of the services we provide is to keep visually and physically impaired persons as much in touch with current events on the local, national, and international scene as the sighted population.
The Radio Reading Network of Maryland went on the air in July 1979, broadcasting from studios provided by the Baltimore City Community College.Known as Baltimore's Radio Reading Service, we could be heard only in the metropolitan area.Now we cover the State of Maryland and parts of the Eastern Shore.In 1991 our name was legally changed to reflect this growth.
Both the Internal Revenue Service and the Attorney General of the State of Maryland recognize the Radio Reading Network as a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation.Baltimore City and Baltimore County provide a measure of our funding.For the most part private Foundations, a few corporations, several service clubs and many generous individuals support us.Listeners also provide us with some income if they pay to lease the receiver/radio to hear our broadcasts.There is a $50 annual fee that is waived if unaffordable.Currently, the Network is subsidizing more than 80% of the Listeners.
A Board of Directors governs the Network.Each member serves in a voluntary capacity to fulfill a particular need of the Network; legal, technical, financial, public relations, et cetera.Together, the members set policy and see that it is maintained. Meetings are held quarterly.
The paid staff consists of an executive director, office manager, and an assistant production producer.Our Volunteers work with the executive director and assistant producer, to broadcast readings over a type of closed circuit radio.The Network broadcasts current newspapers, magazines and books to persons who are blind, have low vision or are physically unable to hold printed material.
Executive Director, Mr. Robert A. Lewis, has been with the Radio Reading Network of Maryland since 1980 and has since served as its Volunteer Coordinator, Production Manager, and Board Member. Mr. Lewis is a graduate of the Maryland School for the Blind and feels proud to have the studio located on their Campus. He has a deep passion for radio and it shows through his work.