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December 21, 2014
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Radio Reading Service


Radio Reading Service

The Nevada Public Radio - Radio Reading Service is a 24-hour-a-day broadcast service providing readings from a wide range of newspapers, magazines and books for print-impaired residents of southern Nevada.
Anyone unable to read standard printed material due to vision loss, physical impairment or a learning disability is eligible to borrow for free a special receiver needed to hear the service.

The mission of the reading service is simple - to provide timely news and information, as well as novels and short stories, for people who can't read for themselves. Most print-impaired people want to stay in touch with current events or their favorite authors but find that doing so is difficult or impossible without help. Our daily readings offer listeners the chance to fuller involvement in the community and increased independence.

Jay Bartos Readings of national and international magazines and newspapers are provided via satellite by reading services from Minnesota. Best-selling or critically acclaimed books are a listener favorite, and we also offer a variety of readings and informational programs from National Public Radio and other public radio sources. This mix of programs is intended to give our listeners some of the choices sighted readers have and most of this material is available to local print-impaired people only though the reading service.


receiver The Nevada Public Radio - Radio Reading Service is broadcast on a subcarrier frequency of KNPR-FM and can be heard by using a specially-tuned receiver, which simply needs to be plugged in and turned on to operate. Receivers are loaned by the Radio Reading Service FREE of charge, although we do request a $30 annual donation from listeners who can afford it. Fill out an application on line, or call 258-9895. And in the Las Vegas area, the Radio Reading Service is available on COX cable channel 11.

Support provided by HSBC




Jeff Hayes (Wells Fargo) and Pat Chapin (Nevada Public Radio)

Radio Reading Service Extends Programming

In 2002 Nevada Public Radio expanded its Radio Reading Service to previously unserved northern Nevada with the receipt of a $47,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and a $12,500 grant from Wells Fargo.

Public radio stations KUNR - Reno, KNCC - Elko, KWPR - Lund/Ely and KTPH - Tonopah now provide coverage to 90% of Nevada's population. Prospective clients of the expanded service may fill out an application on line, or call 1-866-895-5677.

With grant assistance from the Department of Commerce's Public Telecommunications Facilities Program and a local match from Wells Fargo, Nevada Public Radio has purchased and installed satellite downlinks and other equipment in Reno, Elko, Tonopah and Lund/Ely to receive and distribute the signal from its point of origin in Las Vegas.

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