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

One of the special radios Audio-Reader uses to deliver news and information to thousands of blind and vision-impaired listeners. (Photo by J. Schafer)

The University of Kansas plans to discontinue funding for the Kansas Audio-Reader Network, the radio reading service for the blind and vision-impaired. KU's decision doesn't mean an end to Audio-Reader, but it does mean an end to KU's funding for the service. Within three years, KU will stop providing roughly $330,000 in annual support for Audio-Reader, which has been broadcasting from KU for the past 47 years. KPR's J. Schafer spoke with Randy Austin, the chairman of Audio-Reader's advisory board, to get his reaction.

That's Randy Austin, chairman of Audio-Reader's development committee and advisory board. He was speaking to KPR's J. Schafer about KU's decision to zero out the budget for Audio-Reader, a process that will be phased in over the next three years. Audio-Reader is the nation's second oldest radio reading service. It's been serving blind and vision impaired listeners across Kansas and portions of surrounding states for the past 47 years.

Learn more about Audio-Reader and ways you can help support the radio reading service

(Earlier reporting...)

Kansas Audio-Reader Network Will Lose KU Funding for Salaries

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