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On this page, I have listed the different types of media that I have used, listened to, or have come in contact with and have found useful. I should note that some of the media listed here might overlap with those on the Computer Resources page or other pages of this site. With that said, let's get to it.
The following are some miscellaneous sites that are media related but didn't seem to fit elsewhere on this page.
Easier Watching of YouTube Videos offers just that, an easier interface in order to watch your fave YouTube video. This site offers a handy address field to put the video's address in, or a search field to search for a video to play. The controls for playing, pausing or otherwise manipulating the video are all accessible.
If you're looking for some videos to watch, then view the National Federation of the Blind on YouTube. This YouTube page offers a growing collection of videos about blind people and the NFB.
The Dallas-Fort Worth history of radio and TV site offers just what it says: a past and present account of the Dallas and Fort Worth (DFW) area of radio and television. Among the items on this site are a detailed history of all radio stations in the DFW metroplex from the 1940's to today, along with other items of interest related to DFW radio/TV. Even if you have only spent a short amount of time in the DFW area, you will enjoy reading and remembering the different radio/TV personalities, jingles, promotions, and more. I sure did.
Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia. If you need to research a topic, then this would be a great place to start. Each article has anywhere from one to dozens of keyword links with even more information. Kurzweil 1000 offers a similar ability, but here's a way to go directly to the source.
At Wiki is a new site that takes a virtual page from the popular Wikipedia website, in that it allows you to read and submit articles on the use of any assistive technology. Though the site may not have as many articles as Wikipedia, it's growing all the time.
If you ever have some free time or are interested in all the different kind of news stories that talk about blind people, then check out the Blind News archives. This page allows you to search for an article, or browse the archives, dating sequentially back to 1990, and one article from 1985. Articles from this email list cover the confident blind person, to the idiotic and "Why would anyone be interested in them," as well as technology for blind people, and much more. Unless you have an afternoon to kill, you might as well admit now that you can't read it all, since new stories are added daily.
The National Federation of the Blind is putting their monthly Presidential Releases online. You can visit the NFB Presidential Releases page and either stream or download the releases in MP3 format. They started with December, 2005.
Have you heard of RSS (Really Simple Sindication)? Well, its a way for you to get news from different websites without having to go directly to the site. RSS Readers help get the RSS news address (feeds) for you and put them in a form that you can use. RSS readers can be web based, in email messages, or in a separate application. One free reader that is accessible is called Accessible RSS. You can find it, along with other tools, on Web IE.
Are you in journalism and looking for work? Then check out Journalism Jobs.com Career Corner and get that first or next job.
The Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind has moved to an online only format. On this new Ziegler site, you can read current and new articles posted daily that have to do with blind people or blindness technology; subscribe to an RSS feed and receive updates as they are posted; or subscribe to a weekly round up of stories posted to the site. You can also read how to subscribe to the Ziegler Magazine's email edition. Note that the Ziegler is no longer produced on cassette or sent out in Braille, so reading updates on the site or receiving the email edition is the only way to keep up with all of the regular columns and interesting stories you've come to expect from this long running and well known magazine.
The National Federation of the Blind has recently released a new online publication known as the Voice of the Nation's Blind. On this site, you can read about current issues, watch and listen to interviews and other stories, and more.
Christian Hollywood is an entertainment magazine that seeks to encourage Christians in the entertainment industry in general, and in Hollywood in particular. Not all material on this site is Christian related, nor are all the staff Christians. However, there are a lot of things to read about on this site.
Access World is produced by the American Foundation for the Blind, and looks at technology from a blindness perspective. This publication is now online only and free! Read current and past issues dating back to January, 2000; use the email an article to a friend feature to email that great technology article; and more. Red more at the site.
The Braille Monitor is a magazine that I have found very helpful and gotten lots of information from. It is put out by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and is their main monthly publication which deals with issues relating to blindness, as well as activities that go on within the organization. In addition, on this page, you will find issues of the Monitor dating as far back as 1987.
Reader's Digest is a monthly magazine that most people have heard of. It contains general interest articles about a variety of things. The website referred to here is more of an out growth of the magazine. Although the site does not really have articles from the magazine itself, it does have the same types of information, in an extended fassion, as the regular magazine. In addition, often, there are additional features that are included on the website from articles in the print edition of the magazine.
The Seeing Eye Guide, a publication of the Seeing Eye Inc. This newsletter is quarterly, and updates graduates and supporters of the Seeing Eye, the oldest (since 1929) and best, in my opinion, dog guide school in the country, on the activities and recent highlights of the organization. The Seeing Eye is located in Morristown, New Jersey.
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NFB Newsline is a service which provides access to newspapers and magazines from all over the United States. Read more on this site, see a list of available papers and publications, and download an application to join.
The Dallas Morning News and the Denton Record Chronicle are two papers that I have read to stay on top of things. For news at the University of North Texas, I turn to the North Texas Daily.
To find newspapers from around the United States, go to Online Newspapers.com, and select your state from the appropriate state link. Or, you can go to their main page and search for papers worldwide.
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If you have Sirius Satellite radio, you might want to take a look at the Sirius Satellite Radio Channel Guide.
Replay A/V is a program that can be used to listen to a wide variety of Internet and other radio stations, retrieve podcasts, schedule recordings of radio shows or streams, convert audio to many different formats, and much more. I've used it to listen to stations from around the country, make recordings during the week for a Dallas sports station and retrieve podcasts. It costs $50, which is very affordable for all that it does.
Do you need help using Replay A/V or another Applian product? Then check out the Applian Tutorials for Blind Users page. Though JAWS is the main screen reader used for these tutorials, Window Eyes and System Access to Go are also used.
KLBJ, 590 AM is a long time radio station of the Austin area. Among other things, they broadcast the Kim Komando weekly radio show. You can listen to a live stream of their station, though you must have Windows Media Player, or check out all the other things on their site.
The Ticket, KTCK, Dallas, TX. This station talks about sports and guy talk. They do a great job of mixing up the two areas, enough to keep me listening throughout the day. Their site contains information about current promotions and events going on with the station, as well as contests. There's even a link to listen live, or to listen to archives of shows.
KRLD, News Radio Dallas, TX. AS the name says, they are news and talk. Starting at 5 AM and going till around 10 PM, weekdays, they are all news, all day. Unfortunately they do not have a link that allows you to listen live, but there's a variety of other good information on their site.
KBPI, Denver, CO, rock and heavy metal music. This is the site of radio station KBPI in Denver, Colorado. I spent seven months in Denver several years ago, and found myself returning to this station again and again. Unfortunatley, they do not stream live anymore. There's lots of interesting content on this site though, including rock and metal music news, local information, snow reports, contests, and much more. Check it out.
Only A Game is a weekly public radio show and podcast on sports. This show covers the top stories of the sports world on a weekly basis, as well as those sports and human interest stories that you might not readily associate with sports. Of all the shows on public radio today, this is one of my favorites and one of the few that I'll carve out time to listen to.
Adventures in Odyssey archives. This site has archives of both the daily and weekly shows, for the popular and very good radio drama series from Focus on the Family, a Christian organization that offers resources and otherwise ministers to today's family from a Christian perspective. Incidentally, the main address for Focus on the Family is Family.org.
Your Story Hour, is another radio drama series. The radio quality may not be as good as Odyssey, but the stories and lessons they teach are well worth tuning into. Over the years, this show has done episodes on historical figures, Bible lessons, and fictional stories that have good morals. I've listened to many radio shows and dramas while growing up and even today, but Odyssey and Your Story Hour are the two that were, and still are, my all time favorites.
103.9 The Point, Louisville, KY. This is an all eighties station that I found myself listening to when I was in Louisville for the NFB 2002 convention. They helped me with my insomnia quite well.
If you like 80's rock and metal, then tune into Pirate Radio 100.3 FM, from Las Angeles. You can also find them in the Winamp library, under 80's or 80, or just click on the appropriate link for your connection speed. I've been listening to them a lot lately and love what I hear.
93.3 The Bone, Dallas, TX plays music similar to Pirate Radio such as, 80's and 90's rock. There's a lot of great interactivity on this site, so check it out.
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Fans of old time radio will enjoy the Old Time Radio Catelog where you can buy and download MP3 episodes and audio CD's of your favorite old time radio shows. Shows range from the 1920's to the 1960's. New shows and episodes are added all the time. This site has newsletters and a daily download to keep wetting your OTR appetite.
The Accessible World website runs a weekly technology voice and text chat program where they feature different guests talking about a variety of blindness technologies and other topics. Visit the Tech Talk Training Archives and browse, download, or listen online to their different shows. The live sessions are held each Monday evening at 7 CST in the U.S. These archives are updated either the following Tuesday or Wednesday with that week's show. Enjoy.
The NFB Audio/Video Center has many presentations of banquet speeches, presidential reports, and other materials in either audio or video formats. Check back often to see what's been added and learn about the organization and its views.
If you have found the Winamp Library challenging to use lately, try Shout Cast. Here you can stream stations from all over the world in any genre.
Ronald Reagan died in June, 2004. If you would like to remember or learn more about the man that some called, "The Great Communicator,", then visit the Ronald Reagan Audio & Video Archives from National Public Radio.
Radio 360 is a new Internet radio station that plays a variety of music from all genres as well as providing entertaining and informative programming.
Check out Dox Radio, from North Bay, Ontario, Canada.
If you love the music of the eighties, then check out Club 977, The 80's Channel. You can either listen from this site, or find it in the Winamp library by searching for 80 or 80's, or by clicking on the 80's category.
Blind Line, hosted by Jonathan Mosen on ACB Radio. This show talks about issues from a blindness perspective. Unfortunately, the show is no longer on air, but this page does lists past shows of Blind Line, dating back to July, 1999. In order to listen, you will need either Windows Media Player, Real Player, or Winamp, which you can get from the "Download a Player" link near the bottom of this page.
Main Menu, the technology show from ACB Radio. This show focuses on technology from a blindness perspective, and can be heard Tuesday evenings, at 8 PM CDT, or 7pm CST, on the Mainstream channel of ACB Radio. To get a player or to listen, use the links provided above. The players are the same to listen to this show as they are for the Blind Line show. This site has archived shows dating back to its debut in April, 2000. To listen to an archived show, find the show you want and click on the linked date, such as 7 march 2001 for instance.
ACB Radio Interactive (ACBRI). You are sure to find at least one show you like listening to on this channel from ACB Radio. They have shows ranging from pop, to rock, to country, and all points in between. They even have music from other countries, such as the U.K., Canada, Austrailia, and more. This is truly a world wide Internet radio station, with broadcasters from many different countries. There is even a customizable schedule for the shows, where you can choose your own time zone that you want the schedule to be displayed in. Check it out.
The Toonhead Experience, is a show you can hear on ACB Radio Interactive. It features upbeat music in the pop and rock genres, and others as well, over the past 30 years, with some friendly chat and comedy thrown in for good measure. You can hear the show live on Thursday evenings, from 10-12 PM CDT, or 3-5 Universal Time on Fridays. This site has an archive section though, so if you miss the show live, you can go and listen to the archive of it. The author of this site has also done some reviews for Main Menu, which are linked on this site as well. There's more too, so check it out.
Reece's Peeces is a show on ACBRI hosted by Shannon Reece. She plays country, bluegrass, novelty, and the like. Her show is on from 5-7 Universal on Wednesdays, which for me means that its on from 12-2 AM (CDT) early Wednesday morning. to learn more about Shannon, visit her site on the Fun page.
Jeff's Jamboree is hosted by another ACB Radio Interactive broadcaster. Jeff plays much of the same types of music that Shannon does. In fact, you might even be fortunate enough to hear them cover for each others shows at various times. Visit Jeff's site and make a request for a current or upcoming show.
The UK Audio Network is a site which allows blind, low vision, and dyslexic people to use the site without the need of a screen reader. In other words, this site is totally audio. It's a concept that more websites need to adopt. This site uses Real Player, and would probably work best on a high speed connection, although I have heard from someone with a dial-up that is able to access it. Anyway, it has content from the United Kingdom, with radio stations, news, sports, entertainment, and is able to connect with information from other areas of Europe.
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