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Radio Man: Meet the Audio-Reader Volunteer Who Repairs All Things Audio for Annual Benefit Sale

Audio-Reader volunteer Dave Dunford, of De Soto, stands inside one of two trailers filled with donated audio equipment. Dunford inspects, repairs, cleans and restores all manner of audio equipment for the annual benefit sale For Your Ears Only. (Photo by J. Schafer)

Tucked away on the campus of the University of Kansas, lies the Kansas Audio-Reader Network. This radio reading service provides daily broadcasts of newspapers, books and magazines for the blind and visually-impaired. Audio-Reader has more than 400 volunteers. One of them is Dave Dunford. But unlike most of the volunteers who read for the blind, Dave Dunford spends his time repairing radios, receivers and turntables. He's fixing them up for Audio-Reader's annual benefit, For Your Ears Only. The sale, which includes records, CDs and audio equipment, takes place tomorrow (FRI) and Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. KPR's J. Schafer spoke to Dave Dunford as the two men drove out to inspect two trailers full of audio equipment... at Dave's secret radio repair shop.

You'll find thousands of CDs, records, musical instruments and "Dave-Dunford-Approved" audio-equipment at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday, during Audio-Reader's benefit sale - For Your Ears Only

All items at the big audio sale were donated to Audio-Reader during the past year. The non-profit service also accepts cash donations, which can be made by visiting the website Audio-Reader, the nation's second oldest radio reading service, relies on volunteers and donations to serve the blind. Thanks for your support!

(Since you've read this far, go ahead and check out the photos below. You'll see one of Dave's audio assistants, Johnny Davis, who also helps Audio-Reader.)

Dave Dunford; Radio Repairman Volunteer for Audio-Reader


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