Audio-Reader Network, a Kansas radio network for the visually and physically handicapped, will expand its service to Clay Center in December.
Based at Kansas University since 1971, Audio-Reader is a closed-circuit radio reading network. With the help of about 170 volunteers, Audio-Reader produces daily broadcasts of newspapers, magazines and current books.
The network will be carried on the Cablecom cable system starting the second week in December, said Ellen Unruh, Audio-Reader outreach coordinator. Listeners in Clay Center will be able to pick up its signal on a special receiver available free from Audio-Reader. The service is available to most of the state as part of the broadcast signal of six FM stations and via several cable systems.
Audio-Reader was the second station of its kind in the country and the first affiliated with a university.
Anyone who has difficulty reading standard printed material because of a physical or visual disability may apply for a special radio receiver by writing to Audio-Reader Network, Box 847, Lawrence, KS 66044, or by calling (913) 864-4600. The application requires a certifying signature such as that of a librarian, social worker or doctor.