We want to remind you to use your voice and get out and vote today! The 2008 elections have been one for the history books, and the history isn’t stopping at the poles!
On election night, millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing people will be able to experience live radio coverage for the first time, when NPR, Harris Corporation and Towson University simulcast the first ever live, captioned radio broadcast. NPR News’ extensive election night coverage will be simulcast in the new captioned radio format, providing accessible news and journalism to deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.
The broadcast will use cutting-edge digital HD Radio Technology to assist the hard of hearing in viewing radio content on specially equipped receivers. WGBH’s expert “stenocaptioners” will be monitoring NPR’s live coverage and feeding instantaneous speech-to-text transcriptions to the participating NPR stations and an NPR web site which will stream the caption text. Over 1,800 radio stations will be participating along with NPR’s website.
So, after you go out and vote, go home to watch and listen as history is made with Live Captioned Radio Broadcast.