Down East Radio Reading Service, Inc. Post Office Box 8706 Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Phone: 252.443.7551

Welcome to DERRS

As recently as 2001, an area radio reading service was merely a topic of discussion by a small group of interested individuals seeking to improve the quality of life for local blind and visually impaired citizens. As previous initiatives to begin such a service had fallen on fallow ground, some measure of pessimism was evident in those early conversations. Regardless, another run at the concept was mustered and the rest, as they say, is history.

DERRS, which has been on the air since 2003, is an efficient and effective operation currently serving more than 1,000 individual listeners and listening stations 24 hours a day from its studio in the Tarrytown Center in Rocky Mount.

More than 100 volunteer directors, officers, and readers manage and staff the service, which has no paid employees. Operations are funded through the generosity of individual, civic and corporate patrons. To learn how you might be a part of radio reading in our area, refer to other sections of this web site.


Stream courtsey of

Other Ways To Listen Including
Audio Streams, Podcasts & Downloads.

NC Library for the Blind & Handicapped

North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind

The Governor Morehead School

International Association of Audio Information Services, Inc.