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.
To give the gift of one’s independence and self confidence is priceless.
TIC’s staff and volunteers provide human voiced 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.
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.