Radio Talking Book Service - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Radio Talking Book Service
7101 Newport Avenue
Suite 205
Omaha, NE 68152
(402) 572-3003 (Local)

Brief Description

Radio Talking Book Service, founded in 1974, serves the state of Nebraska and southwest Iowa by providing human-voiced print information for individuals with visual or physical disabilities which prevent them from reading printed material. Volunteers read 10 regional newspapers, 75 periodicals and magazines, and books. RTBS provides radio receivers at no cost to eligible individuals and is also accessible via internet stream on our website and phone apps.

Hours of operation: Mon-Fri. 8:00 AM-5 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9:00 AM-noon
Staff description: 3 full-time, 2 part-time.
Geographic area served: All of Nebraska and border areas of neighboring states.
Publications: The Broadcaster


Bekah Jerde, Assistant Director, (402) 572-3003,
Jane Nielsen, Executive Director, (402) 572-3003,
Ryan Osentowski, Station Manager, Radio Talking Book Network, (402) 572-3003,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Audiodescription
    • Offers live audiodescriptions of theater and other performances.
  • Reading Services
    • Broadcasts programs that include material from regional newspapers (Omaha World Herald, Lincoln Journal Star), grocery and department store advertisements, financial news, health updates, sports, consumer information, short stories, mysteries, and nostalgia radio. Radio receivers are loaned free of charge to eligible listeners.
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