The audio edition

The Talking Times has been giving people with vision impairment a chance to learn what is happening in the area for 22 years.

Keith and Val Langton started the group after moving to Moonta in 1992 and Keith, who is vision impaired, missed the support of the low vision centre of which he was a part.

The group was set up with the assistance of the Royal Society for the Blind and ably supported by volunteers including Stansbury's Kenn Rogers and Lochiel's Jim and Beryl Nicholls.

The first audio version of the YP Country Times was sent out to 14 recipients on Thursday, November 3, 1994.

By April 1995, there were seven groups of readers from Bute, Kadina, Lochiel, Maitland, Moonta, Stansbury and Wallaroo.

Volunteers initially used a small recorder, dubbing machine and secondhand tapes to record a selection of stories from the paper before extra dubbing machines allowed them to copy multiple tapes at once.

As technology changed, so did the way the Talking Times was recorded with the Royal Society for the Blind shifting all talking newspapers to digital formats.

In 2012, volunteers learned how to record the articles on a digital microphone, transfer them to a

computer as digital files and copy them onto an SD memory card.

The stories are recorded at the Kadina library on Wednesday mornings and sent out to clients by Thursday.

To access the Talking Times, contact the RSB on freecall 1800 675 554.

 

 

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