Whom we serve - VOICEcorps is a 24/7 radio station that serves people who cannot read the printed word. Some listeners are totally blind while others have low vision from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, trauma or glaucoma. Some listeners can no longer turn the pages of a newspaper because they have had a stroke or have Parkinson’s disease. Still others are unable to read due to learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Anyone who cannot read a traditional newspaper because of a disability is eligible for our service. VOICEcorps is the only service of its kind for people with blindness, vision impairment or other disabilities in Columbus, central and southern Ohio.
What we broadcast - VOICEcorps strives to be a high quality resource of vital news, information, education, and entertainment to those whose disabilities or condition would otherwise deny them access to such material.
VOICEcorps features newspapers, magazines, assorted periodicals/journals and books. Some of our most popular offerings include grocery/retail ads, obituaries and live programs. Our “Morning Exchange” interview programs and public service announcements detail current topics, meetings and events in the area. Leading up to elections, our interview series
informs listeners about candidates.
Our wide array of publications include: The Columbus Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, This Week community newspapers, Outlying area publications, Columbus Monthly, People, Redbook, Men’s Health, Time, Diabetes Forecast, Ohio Magazine and many more.
Through VOICEcorps reading service, people can continue to receive the flow of printed information available to them before their disability. VOICEcorps enables them to be informed citizens, enlightened voters and intelligent consumers.
How we began - In the early 1970s, there was no good way for people who were blind to get the contents of the daily newspaper. VOICEcorps was founded as CORRS, the Central Ohio Radio Reading Service, by Irwin Hott, Fred Allemeier, and Stanley Doran, each of whom were blind. Our first day ‘on the air’ was November 17, 1975. VOICEcorps was the first radio reading service in the state, the third reading service of its kind in the world and the first in the nation to be established by eligible recipients of the service.
Broadcast reach - VOICEcorps reading service is on the air 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The primary means of delivering our news and information is through our radio broadcasting sstation. Our service area is primarily the Columbus Metropolitan area, including Franklin County and the surrounding counties. However, our radio signal travels nearly 50 miles, reaching 21 counties and our booster station in Portsmouth serves southern Ohio and reaches areas of Kentucky and West Virginia. We are also available on cable systems in Franklin County and in Franklin County hospitals, the Fairfield Medical Center, long-term care facilities, the Chillicothe Veteran’s Hospital and the London Correctional Institution.
Although broadcasts are mostly designed for individuals living within our radio coverage area, those outside of it hear VOICEcorps online from anywhere with Internet access. This is perfect for transplanted Ohioans who want to keep up with the community, snowbirds away for the winter, people who don’t want to wait for their favorite show to be on, and people living in areas where there is no reading service. We provide password-protected streaming audio, as well as on-demand audio and downloadable podcasts, to accommodate portable audio players, smartphones and other digital technologies.