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COVID-19 Update for Audio-Reader Users

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Dear Audio-Reader user,

By now, we are all aware of the measures taken at the national, state and county level regarding the current global pandemic of COVID-19 coronavirus.

In compliance with the Governor Kelly’s “stay at home” order, Audio-Reader’s offices and studios in Lawrence are now closed to all volunteers and visitors until further notice.

Our programming team has been working hard to maintain our key services throughout this crisis, and our plans are to continue our Live Broadcast and Telephone Reader services with minimal interruption. Our Special Request service is experiencing delays due to our lack of in-house program staff, and unfortunately Audio Description services are postponed due to the cancellation of all arts & cultural events with gatherings of over 10 people, per CDC guidelines.

Staff are coordinating operations from their homes and volunteers are reading remotely in order to continue to produce content for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In this time of transition, you may notice some temporary changes to our broadcast. These are outlined below.

It may also be necessary to make unscheduled changes to our programs at any given point, in light of the nature of the challenges ahead. We will do our best to keep you informed of all programming changes as best we can, moving forward.

Audio-Reader will continue to operate through this crisis, and we are focused on our mission to provide information, news and entertainment in order to keep you connected, informed and operating with independence and safety in mind.

We sincerely hope you are staying safe during this time, washing your hands regularly and practicing social distancing.

We encourage you to utilize Audio-Reader to stay connected. We’ll be there for you.

Stay safe,

Dan Skinner
Audio-Reader Network

Temporary Programming Changes

Breakfast Table Times is no longer broadcast live. Instead it is in the following new format:

9:00am Monday – Saturday: 45 minutes of Kansas City Star (1 hour on Sunday) 
9:45am Monday – Saturday: 45 minutes of Topeka Capital-Journal (1 hour on Sunday) 

Our satellite locations in Kansas City, Springfield, MO, and Pittsburg, KS are inactive due to COVID-19, and we are unable to offer live regional papers weekdays from 2-4pm.

Instead, you can find daily readings of Kansas City Metro Newspapers 3pm Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Pittsburg Morning Sun has been added to the weekday broadcast of Newspapers of Southeast Kansas at 4:00PM

Springfield News-Leader can be heard at 5:00PM daily in the Missouri News Hour. It is also available in full on the Lions Telephone Reader in Group 1 (Newspapers), 9 for Missouri Newspapers, 12 for Springfield News Leader.

Afternoon Newspaper Schedule

Due to the COVID-19, our satellite locations are no longer available to provide regional newspaper broadcasts. Our weekday 3:00PM broadcast of Regional Newspapers now follows this schedule:

Monday 3:00PM: Leavenworth Times, Ottawa Herald, Holton Recorder, Atchison Globe

Tuesday 3:00PM: Junction City Union, Osage County Chronicle-Herald, Hays Daily News, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle

Wednesday 3:00PM: Leavenworth Times, 913 Magazine, Lee’s Summit Journal, Atchison Globe

Thursday 3:00PM: Western Kansas World, Garden City Telegram, Hays Daily News, Russell County News

Friday 3:00PM: Olathe News, Democrat Missourian, Liberty CourierTribune, Miami County Republic

Thank You to our Volunteers & Supporters!

Our amazing volunteers have been able to react rapidly and transition to recording from home. Many are learning new technologies, adapting quickly to different practices, and putting measures in place to ensure that the majority of our services can continue with minimal disruption. We owe them a huge debt of gratitiude. 

Thank you volunteers!

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