For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI’S REACHOUT RADIO RECEIVES TWO “PROGRAM OF THE YEAR” AWARDS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AUDIO INFORMATION SERVICES

Rochester, New York (May 10, 2006) – Enabled and AudioFile, two programs produced by WXXI’s 24-hour reading radio service, Reachout Radio, received the 2005 Program of the Year Award from the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) at the IAAIS Annual Awards Banquet held on May 6, 2006 in San Diego, CA.

Enabled is a weekly program that is researched and written by volunteer host Anne Merideth. The show encourages, uplifts and “enables” visually impaired listeners to do anything they put their minds to. The specific program Celebrating Fanny Crosby was produced to celebrate the 185th birthday of one of America’s most prolific hymn writers, Fanny Crosby, who was blind from infancy. The program highlights her life and celebrates her positive spirit and resolution not to let her blindness make her unhappy. 

AudioFile magazine is a weekly program that provides listeners with information about books available in an audio format.  Each episode provides a cross section of author interviews, narrator spotlights, new releases, features and reviews of audio books from a variety of categories including biography, fiction and classics. Each review is read in its entirety including the publisher, the number of hours and the format of the book, so that the listener, who may wish to listen to that book, will be able to find the audio version at a local library, bookstore or national library for the blind. The volunteer reader for this program, Sandi Henschel is an audio book reviewer who writes for the magazine. 

WXXI Reachout Radio is a radio reading service that provides 24-hour per day readings of local and national newspapers, magazines, and books for people who are visually impaired, blind or have a physical disability which prohibits the holding of printed material, or one with a learning disability such as dyslexia. WXXI Reachout Radio is closed-circuit and is accessible through a specially-tuned radio which is provided free of charge to eligible applicants. The service is provided in partnership with ABVI-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester.

The International Association of Audio Information Services is an association of independently operated, volunteer-driven services that use audio technology to turn print into speech, bringing the words alive. IAAIS encourages the establishment and preservation of audio information/radio reading services as a cost-effective means of providing people with date-sensitive information and programming developed to enrich the lives of consumers.

Both the award-winning Enabled episode and AudioFile are available for listening or to download at wxxi.org.

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