Over the years we have distributed our publications in several formats to keep abreast of the latest technology used by our listeners. We began with a unique system developed by the RNIB(1971-1986) and then moved on to the very popular compact cassettes (1986-2009). As CDs became more popular we followed but this was an expensive format as they were not re-useable and therefore not environmentally friendly (2009-2017). Our latest format on Memory Sticks(or USB mp3) is the one we now use (2017- ).
Following our change from CDs to Memory Sticks (USB) it has given us the ability to include both of our programmes on one Memory Stick (USB).
The Weekly Talking Newspaper also has the current month's edition of the Talking Magazine.
The advantage of including both publications on one Memory Stick (USB) reduces the number of wallets that we have to send through the post.
If the listener doesn't have time to hear both programmes during the week then they know that the monthly Talking Magazine will still be there the following week until it is updated at the end of the month.
Before the team arrive to record and copy
the memory sticks another volunteer has
unpacked hundreds of returned postal wallets
in the morning to ensure everything is ready
for the evening session. Every wallet is then
scanned into a computer using bar codes,
in the same way as super markets check the
goods in your basket.
This ensures that we can confirm if any get lost
in the post if we have a query from a listener.
SOUTH WALES TALKING MAGAZINE