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Internet Radio by the Blind

Guest Author - Carla Ruschival

Four great channels of round-the-clock programming from the American Council of the Blind. Listen worldwide on the Internet to ACB's premiere radio service.

From talk show hosts to "deejays" to musicians, ACB Radio is by, for and about blind and visually impaired people. With volunteers and listeners on five continents, ACB Radio is truly an international service.

Here's a look at what you will find on ACB Radio:

(1) ACB Mainstream: The flagship channel of ACB Radio brings you interviews and information on timely topics such as technology, upcoming events, important issues and much more. Some of the shows allow listeners to call in and ask questions or make comments. Best of all, many of the programs on ACB Mainstream are archived in the On Demand section, so if you miss one you can catch it at a later time. The archive also is a great resource for information on issues relating to the blind or visually impaired.

The new Mainstream podcast lets you take ACB Radio with you whereever you go. Miss a show? Just catch it on the podcast while you ride the bus, take a walk, or relax anywhere away from your computer.

(2) ACB Cafe: Come on in and listen to great music from blind and visually impaired musicians. From the famous to the not-so-famous, you'll be entertained by lots of talented folks.

(3) ACB Treasure Trove: Calling all old-time radio fans! This is the place for you! 24/7 shows from the golden days of radio. Drama, comedy, mysteries - it's all there, just waiting for you to tune in.

(4) ACB Interactive: Blind people from around the world host their own shows, featuring music they love and want to share with you. Listen in; you never can tell what you will hear next!

A schedule of shows is available on the ACB Radio website for the Mainstream and Interactive channels. On Mainstream, programming is broadcast in two-hour blocks. A block may consist of one two-hour show, or of two or more shorter shows that together make up two hours of programming. New programming begins at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time each evening, and repeats every two hours for the next 24 hours. On Interactive programs are of varying lengths.

You can join all the fun with ACB Radio. First you need a computer and an Internet connection. (High-speed connections work best, but are not an absolute necessity.) Obviously you already have both a computer and an Internet connection, or you wouldn't be reading this article.

You will also need a program such as WinAmp or Windows Media Player installed on your computer so the sound files will play. Go to:


to find links to versions of these programs that work well with screen readers such as JAWS and Window-Eyes.

To listen to ACB Radio, go to:


Start linking and listening. It's great!

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