Rocktalk, a voluntary organisation and a registered charity number SC 004204, was founded in 1982 to produce a sound publication of the Stirling Observer. Initially that meant recording onto an audio cassette and then to CD. Today recordings are transferred to MP3 memory sticks.
Memory stick players are provided to listeners free of charge, courtesy of Lottery funding. In addition to the weekly newspaper a monthly magazine is produced drawing material from a variety of publications.
There are approximately 40 volunteers from which a committee is elected annually. Income comes from donations from local Rotary clubs and Inner Wheel, church groups etc, together with donations from listeners themselves.
The distribution of the memory sticks is through the postal service and is free of charge according to the Royal Charter.
Rocktalk is affiliated to the Talking Newspaper Association of the UK and the Scottish Talking Newspaper Association.