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A A A Preparing the Newspaper Bob (Left) and Duncan (Right) two of our sound engineers

The recordings of about 90 minuets each of the news and magazine are copied and sent out once a fortnight along with the InfoSound supplement. We prepare the scripts, read and record the magazine items one week, and the news items the other week.

The memory sticks are put into mailing wallets and delivered by Royal Mail free of charge.

Our listeners then reverse the address label, post the wallets and memory sticks back to us whereupon the memory sticks are unpacked, and the whole process starts again.


About 350 listeners receive the Talking Echo and 70 receive the Eastleigh Talking News. If you know of anyone who would like to receive the Talking Newspapers, then click the "Application" button on the menu above, complete the form and submit this to us for application.

In 2016 we move to our present studio which over looks the River Itchen. We have a unit within Fairways House, which is just off of Mount Pleasant Road in Southampton.


Our Technology

After many years of loyal service, the cassette tapes were due for a well deserved retirement, Which was why in 2010 we decided to replace audio cassettes with memory sticks.

Memory sticks have a greater recording capacity, can be dived into tracks for easier listening and are much quicker to copy and distribute to our listeners. All the listener has to do is insert the memory stick into a speaker box, sit back with a nice cup of tea and enjoy listening to nearly 3 hours of local news and magazine articles. Our service continues to be provided free of charge and there is no charge for the memory sticks.

Currently we make no charge for the speaker boxes we provide for our listeners to play their memory sticks: however, as the boxes cost us approximately £20 each, we would be delighted if any listener should feel they would like to make a donation, however small to offset the costs!


Our Studio within Fairways House overlooking the River Itchen