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Sign of the times

August 12, 2009

WKAR has been providing a service called Radio Talking Book for 36 years. The service caters to those who are blind, dyslexic or can’t otherwise read for themselves. Around 150 members of the community volunteer their time to read newspapers, magazines, novels, short stories, sale adds and television listings. A special radio receiver is provided free by the program to those in need. Mason resident David McDonald, who lost his vision in his twenties, describes himself as “an information seeker.” He uses the service for all kinds of information including the news read by volunteers at the WKAR studio and the sound of the radio itself to guide him through his home.

WKAR has been providing a service called Radio Talking Book for 36 years. The service caters to those who are blind, dyslexic or can’t otherwise read for themselves. Around 150 members of the community volunteer their time to read newspapers, magazines, novels, short stories, sale adds and television listings. A special radio receiver is provided free by the program to those in need. Mason resident David McDonald, who lost his vision in his twenties, describes himself as “an information seeker.” He uses the service for all kinds of information including the news read by volunteers at the WKAR studio and the sound of the radio itself to guide him through his home.

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