SC radio reading program for the blind shuts down

 COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The South Carolina Commission for the Blind is discontinuing its radio reading service after 35 years.

Agency chief James Kirby says the 24-hour-a-day programming will stop Sept. 30.

Similar programs nationwide have also been cut for various reasons.

New technology, such as screen readers, gives the blind more options for hearing information that's collected on the Internet that some say make the old radio programs less necessary.

Experts say similar programs across the country that are thriving do well because they deliver their content across multiple formats.

But many of those who use the South Carolina service say it has provided a vital link to local news that other recording services don't have.

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