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"Golden Hours Radio," In its 30th Year of Operations, Re-Launches from New Base in Portland

Contact: Jerry Delauney -- 503.784.7649

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(PORTLAND, OR)-- Golden Hours Radio, a local, 30-year-old reading service serving the blind, elderly, disabled and homebound communities, announces its new base of operations at the Portland-based Oregon Commission for the Blind. Golden Hours Radio, streamed on the internet through OmniMedia Networks, provides international, national and regional news up to an estimated two-hundred-thousand blind, elderly, and disabled persons living in the state of Oregon. Jerry Delauney, 57, is founder of the not-for-profit OmniMedia Networks and long-time program director of Golden Hours. He says, "We are human beings reading the news to people who often feel isolated from the world. Our on-air readers become like family in the lives of our listeners. We're the friend they can count on."

Golden Hours Radio re-launched programming services from its new home at the Oregon Commission for the Blind on April 21, 2008. The radio service is unique with its user-friendly internet access, links with other reader services around the state, and its affiliation with the IAAIS, which advocates for the visually-impaired community's access to audio information services. Listeners can tune in to the service 24/7 to hear volunteer hosts read news from The Oregonian, the Statesman-Journal and the Eugene Register-Guard along with editorials, business and entertainment news. Golden Hours also features "Old Time Radio" and airs works of literature, non-fiction, westerns and children's books.

"Other news services exist for the target population served by Golden Hours," says Delauney, who is legally blind. The IAAIS estimates the U.S. radio reading audience at roughly 2 million people. "But these services are largely phone-based where the listener must call in. Often they depict voices that are machine generated." Such barriers are foreboding for many listeners with physical disabilities. Says Delauney, "The blind, elderly and disabled live on the edge of society in terms of their visibility. But they are citizens within a democracy and deserve to have access to our public discussion. This is the mission of Golden Hours.

Golden Hours also seeks to partner with radio or television stations to extend its programming. Says Delauney, "We reflect community values. In this often impersonal world, that human touch is what our audience appreciates." People interested in learning more about Golden Hours or who are interested in volunteering may contact Jerry Delauney, Golden Hours Radio, 503.784.7649, www.omnimedia.org. The Oregon Commission for the Blind is located at 535 SE 12th, Portland, Oregon, 971.673.1604.

 

 

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