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"A new technology is currently being tested in the United States which could allow deaf consumers to read news and commercial information transmitted to a liquid crystal display (LCD) on the front of a radio." (p. 33)

"The Radio Broadcast Data Service (RBDS) carries radio text in an inaudible digital format over an FM station's sub-carrier frequency. RBDS allows a station to transmit sound and text simultaneously." (p. 33)

"This technology could allow radio captioning, so deaf consumers could receive live, local commercials and real-time local newscasts which would scroll up in the LCD window. Deaf automobile commuters could have access to weather and traffic bulletins with a single-line receiver." (p. 33)

"If there is interest in developing RBDS to serve the deaf community, notify your local FM station to alert the public. the Federal Communication Commission has authorized a national test of RBDS in 10 markets; Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, and Washington, DC." (p. 33)


(1994, November). News Briefs. The NAD Broadcaster, 16(11), 33.

Grace Shanafelt/K.S.U. Student/Deaf Ed. Major