“Latino USA” has become the first radio program to be regularly captioned.
The program, which says it’s the longest running Latino-focused program on radio, is hosted by journalist Maria Hinojosa and distributed by NPR.
The captioning targets the deaf and hard of hearing. NPR Labs and Towson University’s International Center for Accessible Radio Technology developed the technology being used for captioning. Just outside Baltimore, Towson University is one of the largest state universities in Maryland.
ICART, a strategic alliance between NPR and Towson University, is co-directed by NPR’s Mike Starling of NPR and Towson University’s Ellyn Sheffield. They began developing captioned radio technologies in 2007. Here is a video from NPR Labs explaining the concept.
Listeners can tune to the new captioned Latino USA on any web browser at 8 a.m. Eastern every Saturday. The URL for the captioned radio broadcast is: www.futuromediagroup/lusa/captions.