CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 9, 2000
Christie Vilsack to help launch KSUI's reading service for blind
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa's First Lady Christie Vilsack will join WSUI/KSUI
radio June 13 to launch a regional news program offered by the Iowa Reading
Information Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped (IRIS).
Vilsack will go "on-air" at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 13 at the
KSUI studio at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The volunteer reading
service is scheduled to begin operation in Iowa City the previous day, Monday,June
Volunteers will come to the WSUI/KSUI studios each morning to read local
stories from the Iowa City Press Citizen and the Iowa City Gazette from 8
to 10 a.m.
The IRIS broadcasts provide timely and topical information to Iowans who
are blind, visually impaired, and/or physically challenged. IRIS broadcasts
into individual homes, retirement communities, and nursing care facilities
In eastern Iowa, the service is broadcast on a subcarrier of KSUI, the 100,000-watt
public radio FM station serving eastern Iowa. Special subcarrier receivers
are being distributed to the blind and print handicapped in the area at no
A state and national reading service is also broadcast 24-hours a day, seven
days a week, on the subcarrier. But the new regional service starting Monday
will bring local news and features to the blind of eastern Iowa for the first
Sally Vander Linden, executive director of IRIS in Des Moines, said, "We're
thrilled that Christie Vilsack has agreed to come to Iowa City to help kick-off
the program. The First Lady's participation will bring attention to the work
being done on behalf of the blind in this area."
Since Tom Vilsack became Iowa governor in 1999, Christie Vilsack has been
an advocate for literacy and reading disability issues, as well as education
and library programs.
For more information, contact Tom Spaight at KSUI, (319) 335-5740.