Radio Information Service - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Radio Information Service
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 488-3944 (Local)
(412) 488-3953 (Fax)

Brief Description

RIS is a Pittsburgh-based 501(C)3 non-profit radio station operated by and for people who cannot read print information. We use the medium of radio to provide access to print material for people who have a vision loss, stroke, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, severe dyslexia or any other disability that inhibits the independence of reading.

RIS enjoys the help of more than 200 volunteers who: read on the air, help with publicity, do clerical work, and provide service delivery. We need this much help because RIS is on the air 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is available in 12 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania plus parts of West Virginia and Ohio. In this area alone, there is the potential for nearly 50,000 people to benefit from the use of Radio Information Service.

Hours of operation: 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days.
Geographic area served: Pittsburgh greater metropolitan area (12 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania).
Publications: On Mic (program guide), Volunteer Voice (volunteer newsletter).


Laurie Anderson, Executive Director,
Tracy O'Neill, Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator,
Terry Stang, Audio Engineer,
Deb Weppelman, Program Director,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Customer's documents read to tape or translated to braille.
  • Reading Services
    • Broadcasts 24 hours on special FM frequency and on the Internet via Newspapers read: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
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