Our Mission at RTBN is to...

To inform, entertain, and engage the blind and visually impaired community in a timely manner.

What is the Radio Talking Book Network?

According to the National Federation of the Blind, there are aproximately 32,500 blind and visually impaired Nebraskans. Among them are the those who also have lost their sight due to the incidence of age-related disability and eye disease. People lose the ability to read for many reasons, including birth defects and cognitive disorders like dyslexia. Stroke, accident, chronic illness or other infirmities can also impair reading.  This is also a major concern due to the impending silver tsunami headed our way in the next five years.

The Radio Talking Book Network serves Nebraska’s blind and visually impaired community. It provides its listeners with an easy to use alternative method of “reading” in two ways: first, as a constant companion who reads to them what they cannot see; second, as a conduit for local, updated information to assist them in leading self-directed lives.

The Radio Talking Book Network broadcasts news and information programming on sub carrier frequencies of National Public Radio affiliates KIOS-FM in Omaha, KUCV-FM in Lincoln and the nine stations of the Nebraska Public Television Network.  Special radio receivers are loaned to eligible listeners at no cost. To apply for a radio please, fill out an application.

RTBN Programming Schedule

Download a copy of our Network Programming schedule here! 

What will you hear on RTBN?

Radio Talking Book Network offers immediate audio access to timely printed news and information published in more than 100 daily, weekly and monthly newspapers, magazines, pamphlets and brochures.  In a 2010 listener survey, the Radio Talking Book Network received a 97 per cent approval rating. The programs offered are not just “entertainment radio” but rather a key means to provide equal access to printed information and the public process to a disadvantaged and typically underserved population group. 

Radio Talking Book Service offers timely, in-depth audio access in a wide variety:

  • Newspapers: The Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, North Platte Telegraph, Grand Island Independent, Scottsbluff Star-Herald, Norfolk Daily News, Council Bluffs Nonpareil and the Wall Street Journal. 
  • Daily information for successful living programs includes: For Your Information, Grocery Ads, Department Store Ads, What’s Cooking? Consumer Information, To Your Health!
  • Arts, Culture and Hobbies: Sports, Nebraska Life, Science and Environment, Yard and Garden, Names in the News, Good Old Days, On the Road Again
  • Literature Books and magazines: NY Times Top Novels, Short Stories, Children’s Corner, Poetry
  • Entertainment: Mystery Theater, Nostalgia Radio, and Saturday Night at the Movies

And Much Much More!