RNIB Connect Radio is a radio station serving the UK, and is funded primarily by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and also by other local councils.
We are Europe's first radio station for blind and partially sighted listeners, and we broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online, on 101 FM in the Glasgow area, and on Freeview channel 730.
Our mission is to broadcast news, information and advice to blind and partially sighted people. All of our presenters are visually impaired.
Although the station's main studios are based in Scotland, the station is for everyone in the UK and beyond, with many listeners in the USA and Canada. Other studios are in Cardiff and London and more locations across the UK are planned for the very near future.
In 2007, the Insight Show (which later became the Daily Lunch) won the Silver Sony Award for the Internet Programme Award
“This podcast for blind listeners provides a niche service which would never be accommodated on a mainstream radio station and contains some of the most moving and well-produced human interest content the judges had heard in a long time.”
The radio station started as an online service called VIP on Air in November 2003, broadcasting for 2 hours a day, and later extending this to a 4 hour broadcast day. In 2007 the service was completely re-vamped, re-named and re-launched as Insight Radio.
The name VIP on Air was changed for a number of reasons. VIP in this context stands for Visually Impaired People but could be easily misunderstood. Also, as the station only broadcast online at the time, it wasn't actually 'on air' at all.
Now in 2016 the new name for the station is RNIB Connect Radio.