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WSIU Radio Reading Service Receives Support From Area Service Clubs

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Contact:  Vickie Devenport, SIRIS Director and WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148, vickie.devenport@wsiu.org

Carbondale, Ill. – The Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS), a community outreach service of WSIU Public Broadcasting and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, recently received financial support that will increase the number of free radio receivers available to SIRIS listeners who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise physically unable to read print material. 

Operated by WSIU Public Radio and supported in part by the United Way, SIRIS features programming of local and national newspapers, which are read and recorded by University and community volunteers. The broadcasts are delivered on a sideband channel of WSIU Radio.

The Rotary Club of Carbondale – Breakfast awarded a grant of $1,000 to SIRIS for the purchase of radio receivers in response to the SIRIS proposal, “The Radio That Reads.” The receivers will serve individuals in a 45-mile radius of the Carbondale area and a 20-mile radius of Mt. Vernon. Rotary Club members will assist in the distribution of the radios. 

The Marion Lions Club also awarded SIRIS a check for $250 to support SIRIS programming in Williamson County. The radio receivers are being placed with individuals, as well as in nursing homes and adult care facilities in Marion and the outlying area.

Learn more about SIRIS online at wsiu.org/siris. Questions about the service may be directed to SIRIS director, Vickie Devenport, at (618) 453-6148, vickie.devenport@wsiu.org.

About WSIU
WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and local production and education and community outreach departments.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at wsiu.org and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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