How do you qualify to be a listener of The Alabama Radio Reading Service (ARRS)?
If you or someone you know is visually-impaired or unable to hold a newspaper or book, you qualify. Visual impairment or physical limitation must be certified by a competent authority, e.g., doctor, optometrist, therapist, counselor, etc.
What programming does ARRS offer?
Newspapers, magazines and information are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also air programs about health and cooking as well as the weekly grocery specials. A complete program guide is available in large print at HERE.
Will any radio pick up the service?
No. This is a special closed circuit broadcast and listeners must have a specially-equipped radio provided by the ARRS.
Is there a cost for the service?
While the service is free to individuals who are visually-impaired or print-disabled, we rely on donations to cover the cost of the receivers and help with operating costs.
What do I do with my radio when I don’t need it anymore?
If you are not using your radio, please return it to ARRS so that it can be re-issued to someone else.
What if I am outside the ARRS listening area?
In addition to listening to the ARRS online HERE, you can also call (605) 472-9329 to hear the ARRS service via telephone, 24/7. (Note: long distance charges will apply)
Other reading services in Alabama can be found at: