"My little Owl Radio is my constant companion. I especially like the daily newspaper readings, plus all the other wonderful informative programs."
Owl Radio is a free community service of the Low Vision Resource Center and is co-sponsored by Texas Public Radio and the San Antonio Express-News. The service provides daily radio broadcasts of newspapers, magazines and other information for persons who are unable to read regular print due to a visual, physical or reading impairment. The service has been on the air continuously in San Antonio since March 6, 2002. Service to the Hill Country began on January 10, 2005. Owl Radio transmits its programming to special radio receivers provided to qualified applicants over subcarriers provided by Texas Public Radio. The signals can be picked up within the greater San Antonio Metropolitan area and adjacent counties and in the Kerrville and Fredericksburg areas of the Hill Country.
The service is staffed primarily by volunteers who read the San Antonio Express-News for three hours daily from studios located at North Frost Center at Nacogdoches and Loop 410 in San Antonio. The remainder of programming for the 24-hour service is provided by syndicated reading services for the blind. Owl Radio is not funded by a state agency and depends on monetary contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, special events, government grants and other organizations.