Welcome toCRIS Radio

CRIS Radio provides daily readings of newspapers and periodicals including news stories, sales circulars and classified listings for listeners with a wide range of disabilities.

CRIS Radio

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Chicagoland Radio Information Service (CRIS Radio) provides daily readings of newspapers and periodicals including news stories, sales circulars and classified listings for listeners with a wide range of disabilities. With the extensive help of volunteers, we broadcast readings of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Defender, Daily Herald and many more local newspapers and magazines.

By using a special SCA receiver and broadcasting on WBEZ-FM’s subcarrier frequency, listeners have access to the same printed information available to sighted individuals. More than 45,000 listeners tune in from free receivers placed in private residences, schools, libraries, hospitals, nursing homes, retirement centers, hospices, low vision clinics and community centers. CRIS also broadcasts on CAN-TV, Channels 19 and 21, to a potential one million cable subscribers in the Chicagoland area and to listeners around the world via streaming online audio. Listeners can access daily programming via the CRIS Radio/Chicago Lighthouse Telephone Reader. CRIS Radio recently expanded broadcast operations into northeastern Indiana, broadcasting from WBEW-FM in Chesterton, Indiana.


Our schedule includes regular programming Monday through Friday. Weekend programming features rebroadcasted segments from previous weeks’ shows.

Get Involved

CRIS provides training and employment for people who are visually impaired and considering the field of broadcast communications. CRIS also hosts blind and visually impaired high school and college-level interns.

To volunteer at CRIS Radio, please submit a Volunteer Interest Form or visit our Volunteer Page.

The Beacon

The Beacon is an hour-long disability advocacy radio program that airs Saturday mornings, 7 – 8 a.m., on WCPT (820 AM and FM) covering lifestyle and health topics, community issues and more. With an estimated audience of 100,000 Chicagoland listeners, The Beacon can also be heard from Milwaukee in the north (92.7FM), South Bend in the east (99.9 FM), Kankakee in the south (99.9 FM) and DeKalb in the west (92.5FM).

The program regularly features experts in various areas of medical research relevant to vision loss and related conditions. Special guests have included Secretary of State Jesse White as well as the Director of Veterans Affairs for the state of Illinois and various City of Chicago commissioners. A regular segment on the show is Tom’s Corner, featuring Tom Perski, The Lighthouse’s Senior Vice President of Rehabilitation Services. As an expert in low vision devices and a person with low vision himself, Tom discusses his favorite gadgets as well as new developments in adaptive technology. Contact Tom directly at (312) 997-3657 or email Tom.

Record at CRIS

CRIS makes its broadcast studios available to colleges, high schools, broadcast schools and adult education programs. This is a great opportunity for broadcast, voiceover and acting students of all ages to use our facilities for recording demos and providing students with invaluable experience. Please contact us directly for pricing and further information.

For more information, please contact:

Brian Hawkins
Assistant Director, CRIS Radio
(312) 997-3687
Email Brian

Locations & Contact

The Chicago Lighthouse is the leading provider of low vision services for the Chicagoland area. Contact us today to learn more by calling (312) 666-1331.