Our Mission: “TIC’s staff and volunteers provide human voice(d) broadcasts of local news, articles, and items of interest to visually impaired and otherwise disabled listeners throughout Massachusetts to promote independence and enrich quality of life.”

About Us

Talking Information Center (TIC) is a non-profit reading service that broadcasts newspapers,magazines, books, and special consumer information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to visually impaired and print impaired listeners. 


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

Aspiration and Values

Aspiration and Values


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.

Quick Facts

- 24/7 broadcasts

- Diverse Programs: newspapers, lifestyle, teens, science, books and much more!

- Over 200 volunteers, over 100,000+ hours of          community service

- 16 Awards

- 5 affiliates across Massachusetts

- Broadcast nationally


- 255 programs produced each week from TIC

- No program repeats

- Boston Globe

- USA Today

- The Wall Street Journal

- Newsweek - Tabloids

- Obituaries - Medical updates

- Sports - Supermarket specials

- Community newspapers

- Book readings

- Interviews and talk shows


- Mashpee

- Pittsfield

- Lowell

- Marshfield

- Springfield

- Worcester

- Boston at the Massachusetts Commission for    the Blind

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If you or someone you know would benefit from our services, please Contact Us.