“West Shropshire Talking Newspaper Fletcher Centre Cross Hill Shrewsbury SY1 1JE 01743 364 726
“Charity No. 504996 established 1976
In 1976 the first talking newspapers were published in Shropshire. Blind people had
said they needed an audio news service and a public appeal achieved both the necessary
funds and an initial team of volunteers to produce and publish the recordings for
the new charity.
Portable players were provided on free loan and the service itself was, and still is, free of charge. News stories are taken from the Shropshire Star and Shropshire weekly newspapers and special audio features are produced.
Our website, www.wstn.org.uk has a click-to-listen button linking to the current WSTN audio programme.
The British Wireless for the Blind Sonata internet radio broadcasts our weekly programme (as well as thousands of others).
Any telephone can be used to listen to the WSTN and the number buttons control pause and track selection functions.
We record in high quality digital sound and then make our programmes available in a number of easy-to-use formats. Blind people and anyone with a visual impairment who qualifies for the Royal Mail’s ‘Articles for the Blind’ free post can receive a returnable memory stick through the post. This plays on a computer or portable USB player. Our internet and telephone formats are detailed below. Amazon’s Alexa can be initiated with the command: ‘Alexa. Open my talking newspaper!’ In addition to the weekly newspaper a bi-monthly magazine is also available.