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.”

BECOME A READER

Become  Reader

The staff at TIC wants each volunteer to have a rewarding experience with the time that is donated to our organization. 

Please read through the following criteria to help you decide if becoming a reader for TIC is the right opportunity for you:

  • Any interested volunteer will record an audio sample to be reviewed by the Program Director. This is to make sure the standard for readers has been met. Proper pacing, clarity, confidence, and neutrality are desired traits of TIC’s volunteer readers.
  • All scheduling for audio samples is managed by our Volunteer Coordinator, Lorraine Bottelli. You may reach Lorraine by calling 781-834-4400, extension 204; or you may email her at lbottelli@ticnetwork.org.
  • Some computer skills are necessary. Many assignments are recorded using a dual computer set-up, where you read from one computer while simultaneously recording into another. The process of recording is not a difficult one, but you will find that prior experience using computers will make the process easier for you.
  • TIC asks that you be able to commit a minimum of one hour per week to read for us. While there are opportunities to read national newspapers live, the bulk of our programming is recorded for later broadcast and is not live. Most programs are recorded in half hour or hour increments.
  • Please be aware that we are a radio station that must adhere to a strict time schedule. If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment for any reason, please contact Lorraine via phone (781-834-4400 ext. 204) or email (lbottelli@ticnetwork.org) as soon as possible.
  • TIC has over 200 volunteers and recording booths in our studio are limited. Please remember that recording times are booked by appointment only. Also, please understand that, due to this limited space, specific booths cannot be reserved. All appointments are made by Lorraine, who can be reached by phone (781-834-4400 ext. 204) or email (lbottelli@ticnetwork.org).
  • One of the most important aspects of reading for TIC pertains to program content and the print material you will be assigned to read from. Here versatility on the part of the volunteer is key. Readings are assigned based on TIC’s broadcast schedule. Due to the complexity of this schedule and the complication of arranging recordings for over 200 volunteers weekly, individual preference for content cannot be considered when assigning readings. TIC reads national and local newspapers, current events publications, consumer information, community-based announcements, a selection of magazines, and books. Please be aware that political or philosophical bias is commonplace and that you must be willing to read news and views from across the spectrum. You must also understand that making comments on anything you read at any time or revealing your own personal feeling toward the material by the manner I n which you read it, is prohibited. Bear in mind that the volunteer reader is the channel through which the listener accesses the information; the listener knows the volunteer is not the source of the information. Please be advised: if the prospect of reading from sources you do not agree with offends you or causes you discomfort, this volunteer experience will not be a rewarding one for you.
  • Reading assignments are subject to change and we ask that you please be flexible. While most volunteers are assigned a regular reading, certain programs have priority over others. This means that we may ask you to read another assignment instead of (or in addition to if you have time) your regular assignment.