THE EARLY YEARS
The South Wales Talking Magazine Association, founded in
1971 and based in Cardiff, is run entirely by volunteers and
was one of the first organisations formed in the UK to
provide this type of service.
Jack Treeby, who was visually impaired, realised that news
and information recorded onto tape would greatly help the
blind and partially sighted keep in touch with events in their
The SWTMA for the Blind was one of the first organisations
formed in the UK to provide this type of service.
The first batch of cassettes are delivered to the Royal Mail in 1971.
From the left: Jack Treeby,
Tony Charles, and Bill Smith at the
Whitchurch Sorting Office, Cardiff
Our very first purpose built studio in the early 70's, constructed within the
Cardiff Institute for the Blind,
Newport Road, Cardiff.
An interview being recorded on the beach in Aberystwyth 1979 for our Summer Special Edition.