There is a radio station in New Orleans for the blind. Volunteers every day read the local newspaper on the air, along best-sellers, grocery ads, stories for kids, mysteries, the Wall Street Journal, young adult novels and much more.

WRBH marks 30 years of educating, entertaining visually impaired on New Orleans radio airwaves

When I pulled in to park at WRBH a week ago, Natalia Gonzalez was outside sweeping leaves off the sidewalk. The yard at the big old white house at 3606 Magazine St. was littered with branches, reminders of Hurricane Isaac. And a roofer was there.

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“I just found out we need a whole new roof,” Gonzalez said. “But it could be worse.”

We went inside, she wrote a check to the roofing company, and we sat down to talk. This week marks the 30th anniversary of Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped, 88.3FM, the 24-hour-a-day nonprofit station that keeps chugging along with the help of reading volunteers, supporters and boundless faith.

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