Audio-Reader is excited to celebrate one year on the air in the Springfield, Missouri region!
The Audio-Reader Network began in October of 1971 broadcasting on a subchannel of public radio station KANU in Lawrence, KS. Since that time the signal has expanded across Kansas and into a large portion of Missouri. Through a partnership with KSMU Radio at Missouri State University, Audio-Reader now serves seven counties across southwest Missouri via closed circuit radio as well as through an on-demand phone system known as Telephone Reader. Local volunteers read from area newspapers, regional magazines and grocery ads. All services are provided free of charge to anyone who, due to physical, visual, or cognitive issues, cannot read standard print.
A first anniversary celebration for our studios in Springfield Missouri was held on Friday, April 5th. A contingent of readers, listeners, Lions, and community members attended to eat cake, win door prizes and celebrate a year of live broadcast in the Ozark region.
Following the open house, Outreach Coordinator Lori Kesinger took to the airwaves for a visit with Lions Past International Director Jerome Thompson of Moulton, Alabama to discuss the work of Lions Clubs around the world and to promote membership in Lions Clubs throughout the region. The Lions of Missouri District 26-M6 held their District Convention the following day (Saturday) at the Ozarks Technical College. Audio-Reader joined Kids Sight; Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service; Vision Resource Center of the Ozarks; New Voices (leadership initiative for women in Lions); USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum; and hearing aid recycling project in the exhibit hall.
Audio-Reader volunteers and staff appeared on the local radio show Prime Time with Juli Jordan and Chris Thompson on AM1340 Kick: