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The Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) is a community service of WSIU Public Broadcasting which provides a reading and information service for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, and print-disabled.

Any person in the WSIU-FM (91.9) or WVSI-FM (88.9) listening area whose eyesight or physical condition makes it impossible to read a newspaper or book qualifies to receive the SIRIS broadcast.

SIRIS programming is broadcast on a sub-carrier frequency of the WSIU-FM and WVSI-FM main signal. The broadcast can only be heard over-the-air by a special radio receiver that is provided free of charge to the user. The SIRIS broadcast is also available as a live stream.

SIRIS is funded in part by WSIU Public Radio, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the Illinois State Library as well as from donations from supporters in our region.

SIRIS Stream
Listen to the SIRIS Programming Stream

Additional Options & Loaning Process

You can request an application by contacting the office at (618) 453-4344, or download the "Request SIRIS Radio" application. You can email the application to SIRIS or mail it to:

1003 Communications Bldg.
1100 Lincoln Dr. Mailcode 6602
Carbondale, IL 62901

After receiving your application, a radio will be shipped to you. The radio will be loaned to you as long as you desire, and can be renewed each year.

Volunteer Readers

SIRIS Volunteer

Volunteers play an important role in providing this valuable community service. Why not consider becoming a SIRIS volunteer? If you have an understandable voice and a love of reading and can spend a half-hour weekly reading a local newspaper, we’d love to have your help.

Volunteers are required to schedule an orientation and short audition with our staff. The short audition includes reading a newspaper article.
Learn more about our volunteer readers through our volunteer profiles.

To become a SIRIS Volunteer Reader contact our office at 618-453-4344.