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General Information

Illinois Radio Reader
300 N. Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-6503 (Local)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:00 AM-12:00 PM; Sat.-Sun. 8:00 AM-11:00 PM; local programming presented 11:00 AM-11:00 PM weekdays, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM weekends. Contact the reading service for exact schedule.
Staff description: Only one paid staff member; all others are volunteers.
Geographic area served: 80-mile radius from Monticello.


300 N Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801


Kathie Spegal, Coordinator, (217) 333-6503,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Audiodescription
    • Presents descriptive narration of popular public television shows like Mystery!, Nature and Masterpiece Theatre.
  • Reading Services
    • Broadcasts selections from newspapers, books, periodicals, as well as local and area advertisements, books,sports news, medical programs, senior citizen features, entertainment programming and Talking Information Center from Massachusetts, with its coverage of popular magazines to those in east central Illinois. Daily readings include Decatur Herald & Review, Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph, Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, Christian Science Monitor, Vermilion Co. News, and weekly the Rantoul Press, Ford County Record, Mahomet Citizen, and Piatt County Journal-Republican. We are live-streamed on our website and available on the Sero app.
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