Upcoming Mission Opportunities
Mountain Area Radio Reading Service


The Mountain Area Radio Reading Service of Asheville, NC is a service for individuals who are blind, visually, or print impaired. Some 75 volunteers in our Asheville and Hendersonville studios broadcast news from the Asheville Citizen-Times, Hendersonville Times-News, Black Mountain News, Urban News, Mountain Xpress, Transylvania Times-News, and other local publications. MARRS broadcasts 35 hours of local news weekly and has programming from other reading services.

Eligible individuals are issued a special, easy-to-operate radio unit that receive the Mountain Area Radio Reading Service. MARRS local and national programming is on the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, streaming online, or to those who have received a MARRS radio. Patients can access MARRS programming at either Mission Hospital (Channel 30) or the VA Hospital (Channel 13). Those that apply for a radio receive one with no cost to them. Reaching over 600 listeners in Western North Carolina, Mountain Area Radio Reading Service continues to serve the blind and visually impaired for over 28 years.

MARRS broadcasts via the sub-carriers of public radio stations WNCW-FM 88.7 and WCQS-FM 88.1 whose generous partnership is gratefully acknowledged. All operating costs are from private donors and is fully staffed from volunteers only.

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Last Published: October 29, 2015 7:26 PM