Saturday November 17, 2012

I want to bring to the attention of your readers a wonderful radio station called Berkshire Talking Chronicle, a program of United Cerebral Palsy Associ ation of Berkshire County housed at 208 West Street here in Pittsfield. You will find the Berkshire talking Chronicles on 104.3 FM. Founded 26 years ago, its mission is to have programming dedicated to the sight and print impaired individuals of Berkshire County.

Volunteers read books, The Berkshire Eagle, food and store flyers, press and public service announcements and so much more. Many volunteers give their time and talent to bring the outside world to those who may be shut-in or not able to take advantage of Berkshire County entertainment.

Berkshire Talking Chronicle is currently running two talk shows with guests from every walk of life with a focus on important issues of our times, a lot of them right here in Berk shire County. Another highlight is a music program bringing entertainment from all over the world. Interviews with musicians who play at the Colonial Theatre and other venues submit some of their music before their performances to give the area a preview of what is out there and who is coming to our wonderful area. This show also puts on music from individuals who may be blind, physically challenged, or otherwise disabled. Once a month, affiliates from all over the state under the direction of the Talking Infor mation Center produce a show called "Bric Link" which in cludes informative and entertaining programming for people of all abilities.


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Volunteering at Berkshire Talking Chronicle has exposed me to a variety of people with many different abilities and it always makes my day a lot brighter. It takes many volunteers help to make this happen and widen the possibilities of what this station can do for the blind and others. It’s a relaxed, happy, respectful atmosphere, and along with the willingness to give up a few hours a week to make life happen for others it’s a win-win situation! I’m glad I volunteer and will continue to do so for the benefit of all who want to listen in and enjoy what deliver to homes.

Please find it in your hearts to give up an hour or two a week and volunteer for Berkshire Talking Chronicles. There are many tasks that are needed to operate the station, and one does not always have to be an on- air person like myself. Many talents are needed and much appreciated. Someone who is very technical and wants to help is always welcome. Please contact Beverly Prentice at bprentice@ucpberkshire.org or (413) 442-1562 ext. 26, or Deborah Sadowy at dsadowy@ucpberkshire.org or (413) 442-1562 ext. 14 and your life will become more enriched for the giving of your time.

SHEILA LEPOTAKIS

Pittsfield