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.