Radio Information Service

To further the independence of people in Western Pennsylvania who are blind, visually impaired, or unable to read or hold print material, WQED fm89.3 broadcasts the Radio Information Service to the Oakland area on special radio receivers available to eligible subscribers.

RIS provides access to information read by the general public to people who cannot read print information because of vision loss, stroke, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, severe dyslexia, spina bifida, macular degeneration or any disability that inhibits the independence of reading.

Information from daily local and national newspapers, popular magazines, grocery and departments store ads, best-seller books, and publications of special interest to people who have a disability.

featured specials

  • WQED is pleased to partner with Highmark to bring you these special reports on "Men & Cancer" and "Women & Cancer." Every year cancer claims the lives of nearly 300,000 men in America. According to the American Cancer Society, getting the facts about cancer is an important step in taking care of your overall health.


  • WQED first told her story in "Portraits for the Home Front." Now the legacy of Elizabeth Black continues in a new documentary.