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(June 25, 2009) Rochester, NY – WXXI’s Reachout Radio, a 24-hour reading radio service for people who are print-handicapped, received four program awards at the 2009 International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) Conference in Cincinnati. Four episodes from three Reachout Radio weekly programs garnered the awards.

Enabled, a program that encourages, uplifts and “enables” visually impaired listeners to do anything they put their minds to, received an award for its Phantom Vision and Charles Bonnet Syndrome episode in the “Information 1” category. It also received an award for its Communicating Computers for the Blind episode, with special guests Lou and Arianna Calesso, in the “Interview/ Call In” category. Reachout Radio volunteer Nancy Zimmer researches, writes and hosts the series; and WXXI’s Maureen Rich produces it. (Zimmer resides in Brighton, Rich in Henrietta and the Calessos in Irondequoit.)

AudioFile, the magazine program that provides listeners with information about books available in an audio format,received an award for The Year in Audio Books episode in the “Magazine” category.Reachout Radio volunteer Sandi Henschel writes and hosts the program. Rich is the producer. (Henschel resides in Brockport.)

SoundBody, a series that shares information to help listeners manage their overall health and well being, received an award for The Devil's in the Diagnosis episode in the “News/Information Digest” category. The program is hosted by Reachout Radio volunteer Louise Craig and produced by Rich. (Craig resides in Brighton.)

WXXI Reachout Radio provides 24-hour per day readings of local and national newspapers, magazines, and other print information 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 made possible through a partnership with ABVI-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester.

The IAAIS 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.

All the award-winning Reachout Radio programs are available as podcasts at

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