Credit below going to Erin McBride, WSU/Vancouver, Wa(USA)
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THIS IS THE ASRN RADIO SITE,American Radio Network is a Commercial Free Audio Service providing News, Information, Book-Magazine-Newspaper Readings, Nostalgia and Old Time Radio for The Blind,Disabled and Seniors.

ASRN provides programming to a 50+ mature audience and showcasing products and services that effects the lifestyle of seniors and baby boomers within Clark County and having a strong influence of current and or future purchases i.e.; Adult Care, Financial Investments, Legal, Estate Planning, Hair-Personal Care, Hearing or Vision, Healthy Eating, Insurance, Shopping, Travel, Home Maintenance, etc.
ASRN does provide timely information that effects the 50+ Generation such as upcoming community events from The City, Civic Groups, Non Profit, Advice, Classes, Educational, Distance Learning, Social Issues, Nutrition, Medical, Retirement, AARP, Wellness, Recycling, Public Transportation, Meals on Wheels, Community Centers, Clark County programs and MORE at no charge.

AMERICAN SENIOR RADIO NETWORK is located in Vancouver Washington.


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Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
As early as 1934, the library introduced talking books on special 33 RPM phonograph records,at the time, normal records were all 78 FORMAT. In 1962, 16 RPM records were introduced, and still later 8 RPM flexible discs. These formats remained in service until 2001. They were superseded because in 1969 the National Library Service had started a cassette talking book program.
The Radio Talking Book Service was founded March 22, 1973. It became the Radio Learning Service in 1977 and the Evergreen Radio Reading Service on April 25, 1983.
The library began doing professional Brailling and taping services in July 1975, and revitalized the Braille program in 1985. The radio reading service remained in operation until August 15, 2014, when it was discontinued due to loss of funding.
A formal childrens program was established in 1983.
As some of you may know, the Evergreen Radio Reading Service (ERRS) lost its funding at the end of 2011, and has since been operating in a severely diminished capacity. The closure of ERRS is a great loss to the community and Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) patrons, however it has become extremely difficult to keep the station operating without funding and staffing.
On August 15, ERRS will cease broadcast so that resources can be directed to the rest of WTBBL patron services.
THE VERY SHORT History of Golden Hours Radio(credit)PDX RADIO/CRAIG AND OTHERS...And not of my work, I was with Golden Hours as a volunteer readerthus meeting Jerry DeLaunay while they were at OPB, in 1995, I left then I came back in 2000, under Omni Media Networks..operating several stations..
On March 18, 1971 it was announced by Graham Archer that the broadcaster sought approval by the task force of what he terms the Golden Hours program, bringing old-time radio broadcasts into nursing homes to provide entertainment to patients. Archer told newsmen the project, which he hoped would be financed through private donations and partially by state and federal funds, would cost about $100,000 to initiate and $50,000 a year to operate. About $35,000 of the $50,000 would be for salaries for a program administrator and clerical help.
On April 29, 1971 it was announced the Oregon corporation, Golden Hours, Inc. elected its first President, Dean Anderson PSU Director of Relations, Rod Johnson KWJJ owner Vice-President, Bob Franklin U.S. Bank of Oregon Secretary, Robert Hocks Hocks Labs Treasurer. The non-profit corporation was formed by Graham Archer, Henry Norton & Dr. William Sherfey. The proposed radio network would not be available to the general public on either AM or FM but would be released through the use of sideband equipment to pretuned receivers through KOAP-FM antenna.
Golden Hours will start by means of telephone lines through the assistance of Ralph Rogers, Instructor in Radio-TV for the Mass Communications Division of Mt. Hood Community College. Students would receive training by editing the tapes from Talking Books, serving as technicians, announcers and doing live programming, such as reading newspapers.
Golden hours was the brainchild of Graham and his wife Betty. Grahams mother, Rebecca Archer was confined to a nursing home. Graham and Betty would visit her and Betty began walking the halls, visiting other residents when Graham was feeding his mother. Betty saw their boredom. Graham felt modern medical science had extended the years a person may live, but little had been done to extend the mental activity and interests of these people.
The programs will consist of fiction, drama, non-fiction, current news and periodicals supplied by Talking Books, Inc. It will also have musical programs, replays of historic radio broadcasts and live local entertainment. Gov. Tom McCall endorsed the Golden Hours concept as a fine humanitarian enterprise.
On October 5, 1971 Golden Hours began via telephone lines to nursing homes in Portland & Gresham areas. Long-time radio broadcasters assisting with Golden Hours were Art Kirkham, Rollie Truitt and Sammy Taylor. Others would follow. Golden Hours had one hour in the morning and two hours each afternoon. In March 1973 KOAP-FM began its SCA sub-carrier channel service for Golden Hours. Weekdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. These hours would expand over time.
By June 1973 Graham Archer was named Golden Hours Executive Director and Henry M. Norton, Program Director. Golden Hours offices were located at 1804 S.E. 100th Ave former home of Grahams mother.
On February 3, 1975 KOAP-FM expanded SCA hours with the addition of Radio Reading Service talking books for blind & handicapped, Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 10:00AM Golden Hours: 10AM to 5PM. On April 1, 1975 KOAP-FM expanded SCA hours 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM with more Golden Hours.
On November 6, 1976 KOAP-FM expanded SCA hours to weekends, 8:00 AM to Midnight Saturday and Sundays.
By May 1978 Graham Archer was Executive Director of Golden Hours.
By October 1985 Elaine Piper was Manager of Golden Hours.
In May 1987 Michael Foley became Manager of Golden Hours.
On December 1, 1987 KOAP-FM Golden Hours service expanded 5:00 AM to 12:10 AM daily.
KOPB-FM Golden Hours expanded 4:00 AM to Midnight weekdays & 4:00 AM to 11:00 PM weekends. Some of these hours were also KOPB-FM programming.
In June 1995 Jerry DeLaunay became Golden Hours Manager. . In September 1998 KOPB-FM Golden Hours was also offered on SAP second audio program on stereo TV s. In January 1999 Golden Hours programming ended over KOPB-FM SCC.
When Archer retired in 1987, OPB continued the service until 2008. As of May 1, 2008, OPB dropped their support and Omni Media Networks is now solely responsible for the Golden Hours signal, which is now carried only over the internet.
From Radio World
History of OPB
What is Secondary Audio Programming (SAP)?
As of 4/3/2017 American Senior Radio Network is NOW carried (non-internet) on KFAE (89.1) subcarrier service, However, this required a special FM radio capable of receiving such broadcasts, it cannot not be received on a standard FM radio.
What this means, thanks to Tom Hungate (WSU) Tri-Cities, has been a big help in getting ASRN Radio on another venue or outlet besides the internet.
In addition, it has been since 2008 since Golden Hours Radio was dropped from Oregon Public Broadcasting (Secondary Audio Programming) Channel Option to hear GH; Normally SAP is used by stations for Spanish Programming.
In addition, KFAE was carrying The Evergreen Radio Reading Service until a few years ago. This service is mainly used by blind and handicapped listeners and requires a special radio tuned into THE KFAE sub carrier service.
Yes, many other similar radio-reading services in the US still do use SCA (Sub Carrier) technology, but this is a good thing to ASRN, and yet this is another outlet and it adds credibility to ASRN Radio.
If you live within the KFAE 89.1 signal you should be able to listen to the sub carrier signal with a special radio, normally noncommercial FM stations do supply a radio (at no charge).
KFAE FM is licensed in Richland Washington
Range Map of KFAE
KFAE FM Radio Info
I thank MANY for the support!
I want to thank Erin Mcbride and John F.Barber and Tom Hungate AND John Yegge, Coordinator.
I got his wonderful e mail, Tom Hungate forwarded your inquiry to me for input.
Im delighted to have ASRNs 24-7 service on our projects airwaves when our readers arent actively broadcasting. I know our vision disabled listeners will benefit greatly from ASRNs addition. Thanks!
I am the usual go to person for people wanting more information or an opportunity to volunteer. We have a couple dozen volunteers whose talents we truly value and we are always on the look out for more talent.
More complete details are in the attached flyer.
The especially adapted FM radios our listeners use are available from the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Kennewick.
628 North Arthur Street
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone (509) 735-0699
Toll Free (855) 665-8547
Fax (509) 735-4074
The Edith Bishel Center special orders radios on request.
Ill be glad to answer any other questions you have.
Best regards,
John Yegge, Coordinator
Fine Arts Radio Reading Service
The service for Fine Arts Radio Reading Service is M-F 6:30-7 AM (NO SATURDAYS) 8-9 AM M-F AND SUNDAYS 8-9 AM.
The Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Listening to the Tri-City Herald on the Radio
By Frank Cuta
As people with blindness or low vision we have access to many recorded materials and internet resources that allow us to listen to books and keep in touch with what is going on in the world. However there remain interesting articles and features in the Tri-City Herald that are not available to the average blind person unless they have a sighted person who can read to them. These include Dear Abby, the local editorials, The death notices, the grocery ads and the comics.
So imagine having a radio receiver that you could turn on every morning and listen to this otherwise inaccessible material being read to you. This is the mission of the Fine Arts Radio Reading Service (FARRS) of the Tri-Cities. The service was started with a $37,000 grant from Battelle and the initiative of some very forward thinking people who were setting up the KFAE public service radio station in Richland in 1986.
From a dedicated studio in the basement of WSU Tri-Cities, we have now been broadcasting the reading of the local paper continuously for the past 30 years.
We currently have 25 dedicated volunteers who take turns coming in each morning they broadcast 2 shows, one for a half hour at 6:30 and one for a full hour at 8:00.
You may not have heard of this reading service before because not just anyone is allowed to listen to these broadcasts. We are reading copywrited material and not paying for it. Access to the service is restricted to persons who are blind and to others who have limitations that make it difficult for them to read normal print. For this reason listeners must obtain a specially modified radio receiver to tune in the FARRS service.
If you qualify and are interested in trying our service you can contact me and I will loan you a receiver. You can also have Edith Bishel order you one of your own. However, I recommend that you try before you buy because reception is not consistent throughout the Tri-Cities.
The latest development in this reading service is live programming on Facebook. If you are on Facebook and want to try it please email me and send me a friend request. These transmissions still occur only a few days a week since we have not identified a person who can do it every day.
I listen to FARRS every morning and its amazing how often I hear an article of great personal interest to me that I would never hear about on the radio or TV. There is just no substitute for the news you find in your local newspaper. I am thankful for this great service and urge you to join our listening family. For more information you can call Frank Cuta at 967-2658. Or email me at