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Radio Reading Service

Audio-Reader's original program is a Radio Reading Service for anyone who has difficulty reading standard printed material. Broadcasting 24 hours a day from studios at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Audio-Reader uses a large pool of volunteers to read daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and books, as well as news, interviews and other programs dealing with disability and aging issues.

Who may receive Audio-Reader?

Any person whose eyesight or physical condition make it difficult or impossible to read a newspaper or book may receive our broadcasts. There is no charge for service.

How do listeners pick up Audio-Reader?

Audio-Reader is generally broadcast on the subcarrier of an FM radio station. This means a special radio is required in the home. The radio is provided by Audio-Reader, on loan, for as long as it is wanted. In some locations Audio-Reader may only be available through the local cable company. In those cases, Audio-Reader will provide a special radio if one is required, but the listener will have to subscribe and pay for basic cable service. Listeners receive a monthly program guide in large print or Braille.

Established in 1971, Audio-Reader was one of the first radio reading services in the world. Today, with the help of FM radio broadcasters, cable TV companies, microwave relay systems, and the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation Satellite Network, reading by radio is available to thousands of people all across Kansas and western Missouri, with some programming available via satellite through other radio reading services across the US. Click for the Coverage page, with a map and charts showing where Audio-Reader is available.