Free Daily & Weekly Glasgow Herald, Glasgow Times, The National Kirkintilloch Herald and Inside Soap Readings Online Today
Daily Listening Options
There are various ways to listen to our service, the first on this page is our online players, Sonata Internet Radio, the British Wireless for the Blind Fund Talking Newspaper Federation telephone app, the Alexa skill or the USB stick service. Read on for more information.
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The following links will take you directly to the latest stream of each title. You will find there is a picture link and a button link to make it easier for reader software. If you then listen on a computer or on your mobile phone you will may need to press the play button on the player or use the fast forward or rewind buttons when the new page opens.
Sonata Internet Radio
If you would rather acquire a Sonata Internet Radio box from the British Wireless for the Blind Fund please watch the video and contact them directly. Obviously asking for the Cue and Review titles to be added to the setup.
Listen To Talking Newspapers From Across The Country On Your Mobile Phone
National charity British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) and The Talking News Federation (TNF) have joined forces to bring together local Talking Newspapers from across the UK.
They have developed a mobile application that can be accessed independently from any specialist BWBF equipment.
The Talking Newspaper app can be downloaded by users to their own smart devices for free from both Apple and Android stores; and is available to people with a variety of difficulties reading text, such as dyslexia - not just the blind and partially sighted.
Alexa Skill (now live)
“Alexa Enable Talking Newspaper” Our Alexa Skill brings talking newspapers that are members of the Talking Newspaper Federation together on a skill developed by Cue and Review Recording Service and the British Wireless for the Blind Fund.
To get started using the skill say “Alexa Enable, Talking Newspapers”, make sure you use the plural. Then say “Alexa, open talking newspaper” to your Alexa device. A short message will play, meaning you have successfully started the skill.
To get started, say play and the name of the title you would like to listen to. For example, “play Cue and Review The National”, Cue and Review The Herald, Cue and Review Evening Times, or Kirkintilloch Herald”. Make sure you say the exact title as below.
The functions which currently should work are Next, Previous, Loop, Pause, Resume and Stop.
Weekly USB Stick digests
Listening to members of the East Dunbartonshire Visual Impairment Forum we decided to go offline by launching our weekly USB stick digest version. Posted out to members in a postal wallet for them to listen and then return to us, its a great option for those not wanting to listen online daily.
Update 19/01/2022 - We are currently sending people who have email access a downloadable link for weekly compilations of our titles, which can then be added to people who have USB sticks and players. Email the team for your first edition
Weekly Castbox Editions
Not interested in listening to the daily recordings provided by Cue and Review Print Speaking to the Blind? If you only have time to listen to 90 minutes of news each week, why not sign up to our Castbox Service available as a weekly digest of the Herald Scotland the Glasgow Evening Times and the National Scotland.
It’s easy to set up simply follow the links below and login using your Facebook or Twitter account. The links that we have provided will take you straight to pages for our three online newspapers.
What We Offer
Monday to Friday our volunteers are reading and then uploading individual articles to the Sonata Internet Radio service provided by the British Wireless for the Blind Fund. Via the boxes featured in the video, you can listen daily to approximately 20 articles from the Herald, 16 Glasgow Times and 20 articles per week from The National all with the permission of Newsquest Glasgow. We also upload weekly recordings of Inside Soap and TV Radio Listings.
On the box you don’t need to listen to the whole paper you can choose which articles you wish to listen to. On the stream, you can listen as the articles are read automatically or click on the individual tracks.
While we are phasing out our tape service we are still providing a weekly tape of the Herald and Glasgow Times but as tape players become harder to find we are encouraging sighted family members to use our alternative faster services. You also receive less information on an audio cassette and have to post the cassettes back in a postal wallet after each edition.
Support Workers or Sighted People with Visually Impaired Relatives.
Many Councils have banned streaming websites, so if you can't listen to your favourite radio station on your work computer chances are you won't be able to listen to our daily service. You can still, however, set it up on a clients computer in their home or encourage them to contact BWBF for a player.
BWBF Connect enables the recipient to receive equipment via a doorstep delivery. They then receive a phone call from a member of BWBF’s team who talks them through the setup and answers any questions they may have, ensuring that they get full use of the equipment. If you or someone you know is interested in receiving a device, please contact BWBF Connect on 01622 754 757 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cue and Review's office
We have recently installed a virtual phone system that now means we can answer calls from our homes. So please call us on 0141-772-3976 but just in case we are recording drop us an email here or contact us on our Facebook page.