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 proud to partner with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to cover important health topics. "Living With Mental Illness" explores diagnosis, treatment and ending the stigma associated with behavioral health issues. The "Men & Cancer" and "Women & Cancer" series reports on early detection and the latest treatment of cancers most commonly associated with men and women.


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