Orkney Talking Newspaper started in 1983 with a meeting between just three people. Using very basic equipment and supported by a handful of volunteers the first master tape was created on a borrowed tape recorder in a room at the council offices. The tapes were then sent out to 15 listeners.
Things have moved on in the intervening years and the recordings are now made digitally and supplied on CDs with recording and production taking
place within our building. Each week they prepare the script and dispatch the recordings
to approximately 105 recipients with one listener in Canada accessing via the podcast. They now have fifty enthusiastic volunteers and were awarded
the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups
in the community in 2004.
If you or a friend or relative living in or outwith Orkney has difficulty reading newspapers on account of temporary or permanent visual or physical impairment you can receive a free weekly CD of news read from The Orcadian Newspaper and a magazine CD approximately every quarter. For further details contact Shona Wylie on (01856) 874972 after 6.00pm or Vikki Thomson on (01856) 878696, also after 6.00pm. You can also leave a message by phoning the Orkney Library & Archive on (01856) 873166.
A podcast of the weekly version of Orkney Talking Newspaper is normally available on the Talking Newspapers web pages by clicking
here. Due to technical difficulties the edition for 5th May 2016 can be downloaded here instead.
You can also download magazine edition no. 37 here, which features articles from Living Orkney Magazine.
In July 2013 a special recording was made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Orkney Talking Newspaper. It featured a compilation of recordings from the previous 30 years and is available by clicking here (71 MB).