Radio Show for Hearing-Impaired Faces Uncertain Future

The LA County Commission on Disabilities has run out of funding for the radio show and the radio station is up for sale.

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    A radio show that serves the hearing impaired may be going off the air with the station being put up for sale and the show running out of funds. Ted Chen reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. from Inglewood Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014)

    A one-of-a-kind radio show in Inglewood may be going off the air.

    Wednesday was possibly the last day for the Inglewood-based show “Janet’s Planet,” the only radio program that provides real-time captioning for the hearing-impaired.

    Janet Neal, president of the LA County Commission on Disabilities, hosts the show on KTYM. It’s a place where she gives frank opinions on issues affecting those suffering from disabilities.

    "It's for the little guy that has no voice any place else," Neal said. "Anybody can have a disability. You can walk out here and break your leg and what are you going to do?"

    The LA County Commission on Disabilities has run out of funding for the radio show, and the radio station is up for sale, leaving an uncertain future.

    Neal has a connective tissue disorder which makes her all the more passionate to help others like herself and advocate for issues such as the need for more parking spots and more access for the disabled.

    "People, they need food, they need resources…they're having their utilities cut off. There's nobody to do that," Neal said.

    Neal hopes to save the show and urged her audience to help during Thursday’s broadcast.

    "If we're lucky, we'll be back again for another show," Neal said.