Friday, September 14, 2012

Arkansas Information Reading Services for the blind provides audio access to current print media for people who cannot read because of a disability. AIRS Radio broadcasts statewide on a secondary audio channel of AETN 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. AIRS can also be heard around the globe on an internet web stream. AIRS programs and newspapers are also available on demand on our new telephone service "AIRS Plus."

We read books, articles, magazines and other materials in alternate formats; services to keep you informed, in-touch, entertained, educated and employed. From comic strips to weather, fiction and non-fiction, fully-narrated dramatic presentations, programs for kids, teens, men, women, families and seniors, there's something for everyone.

AIRS staff and volunteers annual family picnic

AIRS Radio is available on the web. Click on the link below, or go to   If you have cable TV service, check with your cable company to see  on what channel AIRS is carried. We distribute our signal to cable companies for free, but each local cable company chooses if and how to use it.

AIRS Plus is our telephone service that allows you to hear many of the programs, readings and publications on demand over your telephone. Put your telephone on speaker or hook up the earbuds to your smart phone, and call toll free (844) 888-0981 (this number is for callers in Arkansas only).

Beginning March 6
Here are the current program listings for AIRS radio. 
(All times are approximate.)

AIRS radio weekdays begin with the morning magazine rack, made up of news periodicals including Time, Newsweek, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal as well as local publications. Also included are a sample of current job listings from Workforce Services.

Potpourri has programs for our special audience at 8 a.m.,  including publications from blindness consumer groups, health and senior newsletters. On Monday it's narrated visits to places of local and national interest, followed by a forum of accessibility tips for iOS users. Tuesday on the Blindness and Disability Hour, hear articles from publications and periodicals (repeated at 9 p.m.). Wednesday's show is called "Old Friends" and is targeted at staying vital and healthy in the retirement years (also heard at 9 p.m.). Thursdays bring you the Blindness Bookshelf, with readings from books of interest to the visually impaired (repeated Fridays at 9 p.m.), and on Friday is a forum on issues of law, education and lifestyle for the blind.

Following Potpourri is the Home and Health hour at 9 a.m. On Mondays you can hear Arkansas Woman, Tuesdays is the Medical Update Show, Wednesday is all about Nutrition, on Thursdays Arkansas Diabetic News is followed at 9:30 by Eyes on Psychology, and on Friday it's the Wellness and Fitness Show.

Ten o'clock brings an hour of programs produced specifically for Arkansas listeners,produced by Bibi and others on the AIRS staff. These programs are repeated weekday evenings at 8. Mondays it's Arkansas Celebrations, with a half hour of  birth and wedding announcements, followed by the Arkansas Families Show. The rest of the week is Arkansas Folks, Arkansas Past, the Arkansas Traveler, and Arkansas Encyclopedia,

Then at 11 a.m. is  our Smart Consumer block. Along with tips for smart shopping and cooking, we read flyers from Kroger, Walmart, Target, Harps, K-mart, and other popular grocery, drug and department stores.

At noon, there is now three hours of Weekly Readings and  Radio Theater with audio adaptations of great scripts for all tastes. Included are Armchair Reader with Bill Henry on Mondays,  the Western Corral Tuesdays at high noon followed by stories from TV,  plays from Hollywood Wednesdays, Heartstrings with Karen Savage, Fridays followed by Science fiction on Crosstime Cafe. These are repeated weekdays starting at 5 p.m. New programs on Thursdays at this time are Movies for the Blind, with fully narrated classic films, the Case file of J.B. Fletcher, and the Arkansas Authors series.

The World Around Us, at 3 p.m., is a program series that invites you to join us as we visit new people and places, past and present. Programs include book reviews of top sellers and new audio-books on Mondays (repeated at 9 p.m.), Brain Trust on Tuesdays, the Travel Hour on Wednesdays, Technology and Psychology articles on Thursdays, and a visit to America's Attic on Fridays.

Theresa Bertram hosts Arkansas Carousel, with rotating topics including family, education, health and sports, all read from Arkansas publications. Weekdays at 4 p.m., and also as part of the early morning news magazine block.

We haven't forgotten the younger listeners. Weekdays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 8:30 to 11, we offer a variety of programs and readings aimed at kids of all ages.Current readings include the Harry Potter series and classics like Little Women.

On our 10 p.m.readings, we bring you stories, books and dramatizations, better suited to a later hour. On Mondays, it's stories from Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock magazines, Tuesdays is the dramatized Mystery Hour, Wednesday serialized fiction on the Bookworm, Thursdays we have young adult novels, and on Friday it's Intrigue.

The late night magazine rack has thought provoking and entertaining articles and literature from respected periodicals, including the New Yorker,  Atlantic and Harpers.  Monday through Friday at 11 p.m.

Weekend blocks of programs include Airs Kids Radio Saturday mornings, programs for women and families Saturday afternoons, and our Teen block Saturday evenings. The Man Cave on Sunday morning includes Do it Yourself magazines, Men's Health and Sports features. You'll also find shows of mystery and intrigue on Sunday evenings.

4  a.m. - Exercise
5:30 -  Morning News Magazine.
8 a.m.. - Potpourri
9 a.m. - Home and Health
10 a.m. -  Arkansas Features
11:00 a.m. - Smart Consumers.
12 noon -Weekly Readings and  Radio Theater.
3 p.m. - The World Around Us.
4 p.m. - Arkansas Carousel
4:30 p.m. - AIRS kids programs.
5 p.m. - Weekly Readings and  Radio Theater.
8:00 p.m. - Arkansas Features.
10:00 p.m. - Late Theater
11:00 p.m. - Magazine Rack.

All times are approximate. In order to finish articles or chapters, programs do not always end at exact times. All programs subject to change. AIRS reserves the right to make last minute changes in the schedule.


Programs of Local Interest

Arkansas Authors Series - Fridays at 2 p.m.  Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Carousel - Monday thru Friday 4 p.m. and Tuesday thru Saturday 5:30 a.m.
Arkansas Diabetic News - Thursday at 9. Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Encyclopedia - Fridays at 10 a.m. Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Families - Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Arkansas Folks - Tuesday 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Repeated on weekends.

Arkansas Latino (in Spanish) - Sunday midnight, Monday 5:30 a.m.
Arkansas Millennials - Thursday and Saturdays at 10 p.m. 
Arkansas Past - Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Radio Drama - Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 p.m. 
Arkansas Teens -  Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 p.m.
Arkansas Celebrations - Monday 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Arkansas Traveler - Thursday  10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Woman - Mondays at 9 a.m.  Repeated on weekends.

Programs for Men (and Women)
Late Night Magazine Rack - weeknights 11 p.m.
Man Cave - Sunday mornings.
Morning News Magazines - weekdays 6 a.m.
Late Night Radio Theater - Evenings at 10 p.m.
The World of Sports - Sunday 8 a.m.

Programs for Women (and Men)
Arkansas Woman - Mondays at 9 a.m.  Repeated on weekends.
Home and Health Hour - Weekdays at 9 a.m.
Smart Consumer Hour - weekdays at 11 a.m.

Programs for Teenagers
Arkansas Millennials - Thursday and Saturdays at 10 p.m.
Arkansas Teens -  Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 p.m.
Boys Life - Saturday 8 p.m.
SI Kids - Saturday 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Programs for Kids
Airs Kids Radio - Monday through Friday 4:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m. to 11
SI Kids - Tuesday 4:30 p.m.
Storytime - Wednesday 4:30 p.m.


AIRS broadcasts statewide from the R. Lee Reaves Center for Educational Telecommunication in Conway, Arkansas, serving the blind and visually impaired of Arkansas since 1981. A service of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Services for the Blind. Our broadcasts are intended exclusively for listeners with visual impairment and print disabilities.