WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

For Immediate Release


(Rochester, NY) January 16, 2014 –  WXXI Reachout Radio, a closed-circuit 24-hour reading radio service for people who are print-handicapped, is going national with five of its locally produced programs. Listeners across the country will enjoy Enabled, Silver Threads, Sound Body, Eyes on Success and AudioFile, which will now be carried on the Talking Information Center (TIC) Network. TIC provides program content to reading services throughout the U.S.

WXXI Reachout Radio provides 24-hour per day readings of local and national newspapers, magazines, and special programs for people who are print-handicapped. It is a closed-circuit service that is accessible through a specially tuned radio, which is provided free of charge to eligible applicants. WXXI Reachout Radio is also available as a live stream to qualified applicants, and is available on the free mobile app iBlink, which provides content to people who are blind.

More on the nationally carried programs:

  • Enabled – Hosted by Nancy Zimmer, this weekly program shares information and inspirational stories specifically targeted to people with vision loss.  Topics can vary from the latest information on eye research, a profile of a blind skier, how to knit with vision loss, and emergency preparedness for people with vision disabilities. 
  • Silver Threads – Hosted by Kathy VanSchaick, this program presents a collection of information for people in their “silver years.” Topics range from Medicare to fall prevention to writing and recording your memories for future generations.
  • Sound Body – Each week host Louise Craig provides listeners with information on general health issues.  Topics range from flu to diabetes, smoking to lupus, and more.
  • Eyes on Success – Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey explore technology for people with vision loss.  Topics range from accessible art, accessible smart phone technology, the National Library Service, Ham radio, Envision products, web accessibility, BARD mobile, and DigitEyes, Dancing Dots.
  • AudioFile – Host Sandi Henschel, who is an audiobook reviewer for the AudioFile Magazine, provides readings from the current issue of the magazine, which provides reviews of audio books, author, and narrator interviews.

WXXI Reachout Radio is provided in partnership with ABVI-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester. To learn more visit, WXXI.org/reachoutradio.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

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