Why Your Donation Matters


Audio-Reader: A Lifesaver for Listeners for 50 Years

Image is of Audio-Reader listener Duyahn W. along with attendees and A-R staff at the Audio-Reader Topgolf fundraiser on June 13, 2021

[Image is of Audio-Reader listener Duyahn W. along with attendees and A-R staff at the Audio-Reader Topgolf fundraiser on June 13, 2021]

On October 11, 1971, at precisely eight o'clock in the morning, a switch was flipped from the Sudler Annex on the University of Kansas campus and Audio-Reader went live on air for the very first time. 

Over the last half century, Audio-Reader has continued to make great strides and be a leader in the audio information industry. We've grown from broadcasting only a few hours each day in Lawrence on closed-circuit radios to 24/7 services across multiple platforms to thousands of listeners in Kansas, Missouri and beyond. This growth was made possible by the support and dedication from friends like you. 

Demand for the service continues to grow and this past year, amidst the pandemic, has shown that even more. In 2020 alone, Audio-Reader distributed 54 closed circuit radios, received 11.882 calls into our Telephone Reader service, 3,836 calls to the weekly grocery store ads, 16,931 visits to our website, and an amazing 19,474 smart speaker sessions. Clearly, the need is great. 

"Audio-Reader gives me a stronger sense of independence," Duyahn W. (pronounced Dee-ahn) shared with us. A longtime listener from Kansas City, MO, Duyahn told us he is extremely grateful for the service. "Without access to print materials, I would be at a loss. With as many barriers as I face and not always having assistance, Audio-Reader is a lifesaver."

As Audio-Reader embarks on our 50th Anniversary this fall, we have you, our friends and supporters, to thank. Your belief in the mission of sharing the gift of sight through sound has allowed thousands of listeners to experience "better living through listening for 50 years." And while a lot has been accomplished these past 50 years, there is still work to be done. New listener, Mary F. from Lawrence, KS, shares how much your support means to her life, "Audio-Reader lets me know what's going on locally. It helps me to not feel so isolated."

Please consider making a donation to Audio-Reader, any size gift will continue to make a difference. With your continued support, Audio-Reader will remain a leading audio information service for thousands of listeners, keeping them connected, informed and helping to provide a stronger sense of independence for years to come. 

Click to make a gift to Audio-Reader's Summer Fund Drive and celebrate "Better Living Through Listening for 50 Years