*** TIC studios will be closed until further notice and will continue to operate on a limited program schedule remotely effective, Monday, May 25, 2020. This decision was made in the best interest of all TIC volunteers and Staff to keep them safe from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. TIC will continue to work hard remotely to bring our listeners the news and information they need to stay informed, especially during these uncertain times.***
The Talking Information Center (TIC) is a radio reading service dedicated to the blind, visually impaired and otherwise print-impaired population of Massachusetts and beyond. Each week, approximately 200 volunteers enter our Marshfield studio to record programming from a wide variety of print-based sources. National and local newspapers, along with current affairs publications, consumer information, and community-based announcements comprise the bulk of our programming that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In 1978, radio station WATD-FM in Marshfield proposed donating its’ sub-carrier signal for the creation of a special service to provide the reading of print information to blind and visually impaired individuals living on the South Shore. A dedicated group of volunteers formed the non-profit Talking Information Center and with a grant from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, the first such service in New England began broadcasting on June 19th. Since that time, the service has expanded to six affiliate locations serving thousands across the entire Commonwealth.
Image contains: TIC Staff gathered around the front desk located in the lobby of TIC Studios.
Photo courtesy of TIC Volunteer Reader, Ed Boylan
Continue to provide unique programming to a variety of individuals whose disability prevents their access to the written word.
Disability plays no favorites, TIC’s programs serve all ages and ethnic backgrounds.
- 24/7 broadcasts
- Diverse Programs: newspapers, lifestyle, teens, science, books and much more!
- Over 200 volunteers, over 100,000+ hours of community service
- 18 Awards
- 5 affiliates across Massachusetts
- Broadcast nationally
- 322 programs produced each week from TIC
- 156 MA community newspapers read each week
- No program repeats
- Boston Globe
- USA Today
- The Wall Street Journal
- Newsweek - Tabloids
- Obituaries - Medical updates
- Sports - Supermarket specials
- Book readings
- Interviews and talk shows
- Boston at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind