The Reading Service of the Redwoods was established in 1998 in response to a community need for access to local printed information for community members who are blind or print-disabled.
Members of Low Vision support groups agreed that they find themselves at a distinct disadvantage without access to detailed information provided in their local newspapers.
RSR volunteers began by reading newspaper articles on cassette tape distributed to individuals. Later, weekly tapes were broadcast on a community access television station and then on KEET-TV’s Second Audio Program (SAP) channel. In 2003, RSR established a live link to the KEET studios and began to read local newspapers, live, from their office in downtown Eureka. The reading service grew from 2 hours per week of recorded readings to several hours per week of live broadcast.
In January 2007, RSR launched its broadcast on KHSU’s sub-carrier channel and can now be heard 24 hours per day on special pre-tuned radios, offered free of charge to qualified listeners.