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Advisory Board Chair: Kansas Audio-Reader Network More than Just a Radio Station

This is one of the specially-designed radios that allows blind people to listen to volunteers at the Kansas Audio-Reader Network read hundreds of newspapers, magazines, books and more.  This radio is tuned to a special frequency that carries the Audio-Reader broadcast.  (Photo by J. Schafer)

As reported on KPR, the Kansas Audio-Reader Network will soon have to start funding itself. Since it first went on the air in 1971, the radio reading service for the blind has largely been funded by the University of Kansas. But now, KU plans to phase out its direct financial support. KPR's J. Schafer recently spoke to Randy Austin, the chairman of Audio-Reader's advisory board. Despite the loss of KU's financial support, Austin remains upbeat about the future and about the radio station's ability to raise money. After all, he says, Audio-Reader is so much more than just a radio station.

That's Randy Austin, chairman of Audio-Reader's development committee and advisory board. He was speaking with KPR's J. Schafer. Audio-Reader, the nation's second oldest reading service for the blind, will soon have to start fending for itself financially. KU plans to phase out direct support for the station over the next three years.

Click here to learn how to help Audio-Reader financially or get involved as a volunteer.

Read more about what's happening at Audio-Reader.

Earlier reporting on this story:

KU Plans to Zero Out Budget for Kansas Audio-Reader Network

Kansas Audio-Reader Network Will Lose KU Funding for Salaries

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