Audio-Reader went live on October 11, 1971 after a local Lawrence woman named Petey Cerf was inspired to find a way to bring her daily readings of the local newspaper to her friend in a nursing home to more people. Petey's vision led to a partnership with the University of Kansas who purchased a full-power FM transmitter so KANU could broadcast Audio-Reader on its subcarrier. This partnership with Kansas Public Radio continues today, and Audio-Reader now works with several public radio stations to transmit its signal across Kansas, Missouri, and beyond.

Learn more about Audio-Reader's past, present, and future through the links below.

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About Audio-Reader

The Audio-Reader Network is a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri. Learn more through the link below.

Link to the About Us page

1980s style closed circuit radio

Additional History of Audio-Reader

Learn more about Audio-Reader's founding and our 50+ years of serving the community.

A Short History of Audio-Reader

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About The Baehr Audio-Reader Center

The building currently called the Baehr Audio-Reader Center is over 100 years old and has a long and fascinating history. Learn more through the link below.

About the Baehr Audio Reader Center