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 digital subcarrier 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 can be picked up on any Arkansas TV with an antenna by tuning to AETN's DT4. The channels are 2-4 in Little Rock, 6-4 in Mountain View, 9-4 in Arkadelphia, 12-4 in El Dorado, 13-4 in Fayetteville and 19-4 in Jonesboro. These are over-the-air channels. 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 Radio is also now streaming on the web. Click on the link below, or go to

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).

And for more information about all of our services, Arkansans can call (501) 852-5125 or (800) 645-8125 and leave a message.

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. Then at 9:30 on weekday mornings it's 30 minutes of fitness for listeners of all skills and needs.

Ten o'clock brings an hour of programs produced specifically for Arkansas listeners, followed at 11 by our newly expanded Smart Consumer block. Along with tips for smart shopping and living, we read flyers from Kroger, Walmart, Target, Harps, K-mart, and other popular stores and catalogs.

At noon, an hour of Radio Theater presents audio adaptations of great scripts for all tastes. Following this we have an interesting assortment of weekly readers, with stories and literature, on a daily rotating basis.

The World Around Us is a program series that invites you to join us as we visit new people and places, past and present, weekday afternoons at 2 o'clock. Programs include "Time Travel" visiting ancient cities and times; Arkansas Encyclopedia; The Travel Hour and a visit to America's Attic.

Home and Family programs at 3 is made up of readings including "In the Kitchen," "Aging Gracefully," "Medical Update," and book reviews of top sellers and new audio-books.

The Afternoon Magazine Rack at 4 p.m. has entertaining readings from periodicals including Good Old Days, Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly,  and People.

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.

At five each weekday, we have Theater Five, a collection of quarter-hour dramatized stories of various genres, including romances, mysteries and science fiction. Following this is the popular podcast "Movies for the Blind" with fully narrated films with engaging stories. And after this is another chance to catch the weekly reader for the day (see 1 p.m.).

A series of Programs for Arkansas Hobbies and Special Interests is at  7 p.m. weekdays, followed by Arkansas Carousel with Theresa Bertram. At 8 p.m. Arkansas Potpourri  which includes these shows: Arkansas Folks; news for the Arkansas Diabetic; Arkansas Past, the Arkansas Traveler,  and others.

AIRS radio offers a variety of  fiction and non-fiction. Some are read in daily episodes and others continue on the same time each week. Here are some of the current categories:  Arkansas Authors, Intrigue, Crosstime Cafe (Science Fiction Short Stories),  Classics by request,  Armchair Reader, TV Flashback, and Best Sellers.

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. You'll also find shows of mystery and intrigue on Sunday evenings, and there are programs of interest to Hispanics, Sunday and Monday mornings, including Arkansas Latino, The Latin American News Hour and Latino Style.

5  a.m. -  Morning News Magazine.
9:30 a.m. - Fitness.
10 a.m. -  Arkansas Potpourri.
11:00 a.m. - Smart Consumers.
12 noon - Radio Theater
1 p.m. - Weekly Readings.
2 p.m. - The World Around Us.
3 p.m. - Home and Family
4 p.m. - Magazine Rack.
4:30 p.m. - AIRS kids programs.
5 p.m. - Theater.
5:15 p.m. Movies for the Blind.
7:00 p.m. - Arkansas Hobbies.
7:30 p.m. - Arkansas Carousel.
8:00 p.m. - Arkansas Potpourri.
9:00 p.m. - Radio Theater.
10:00 p.m. - Late Readers.
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 - Tuesday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Business - Wednesday at 6  a.m.
Arkansas Carousel - Monday thru Friday 7 p.m. and Tuesday thru Saturday 5 a.m.
Arkansas Children - Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.
Arkansas Diabetic - Monday 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Dining Out - Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Arkansas Encyclopedia - Thursdays 2  p.m. 
Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Families - Saturday afternoons.
Arkansas Folks - Tuesday 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Repeated on weekends.

Arkansas Latino - Sunday 5 a.m., Sunday midnight, Monday 5 a.m.
Arkansas Millennials - Thursday at 10 p.m. and Saturday midnight.
Arkansas Outsdoorsman - Sunday 7 a.m.
Arkansas Past - Friday at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Poet - Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Arkansas Radio Drama - Saturdays 9 p.m. 
Arkansas Seniors - Fridays at 8:30 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Technology - Thursday at 7 p.m.
Arkansas Teens - Fridays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 p.m.

Arkansas Celebrations - Monday 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Arkansas Traveler - Thursday  10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Woman - Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.  Repeated on weekends.

Programs for Men (and Women)
Arkansas Outsdoorsman - Sunday 7 a.m.
Intrigue - Fridays at 10:30 p.m.  Repeated on weekends.
Late Night Magazine Rack - weeknights 11 p.m.
Man Cave - Sunday mornings.
Morning News Magazines - weekdays 6 a.m.
Military Times - Sunday 6 a.m.
Radio Theater - Evenings at 9 p.m.
The World of Sports - Sunday 8 a.m.

Programs for Women (and Men)
Arkansas Authors Series - Tuesday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Repeated on weekends.
Arkansas Grocery Store Ads - Thursday 11:30 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m. and noon
Arkansas Woman - Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.  Repeated on weekends.
Home and Family Hour - Weekdays at 3 p.m.
In the Kitchen - Mondays at 11 a.m. and Saturday 12:30 p.m.
Shopping the Discount Stores - Tuesday 11 a.m., Saturday 7  a.m.
Smart Consumer Hour - weekdays at 11 a.m.
Wellness and Fitness Program - Monday at 3 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m.

Programs for Teenagers
Arkansas Millennials - Thursday at 10 p.m. and Saturday midnight.
Arkansas Teen - Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 p.m.
Boys Life - Saturday 8 p.m.
C.J.'s Crosstime Cafe - Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 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
Arkansas Children - Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.
SI Kids - Tuesday 4:30 p.m.
Storytime - Wednesday 4:30 p.m.

Programs for Readers
Arkansas Millennials - Thursday at 10 p.m. and Saturday midnight.
Arkansas Authors Series - Tuesday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Armchair Reader - Monday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Best of James Herriott - Thursday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Book Reviews - Friday 3 p.m., Sunday 19 a.m.
Classics by Request - Wednesday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
C.J.'s Crosstime Cafe - Wednesday and Saturday at 10 p.m.  
Heartstrings - Friday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Time Travel - Tuesday 2 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
TV Flashback -  Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Repeated on weekends.

Radio Drama - Weekdays at noon and Evenings at 9,  including:
Hollywood Radio Theater, Mystery Theater, Best Plays, and the Chronicles of Avonlea.

Heartstrings - Friday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Movies for the Blind - weeknights starting at 5:15, repeated early mornings. 
TV Flashback - Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Repeated on weekends.

Favorite Magazines
Afternoon Magazine Rack - Weekdays 4 p.m.
Braille Forum - Friday 10 a.m. Repeated on weekends.
Braille Monitor - Friday at 10 a.m. Repeated on weekends.
Discover - Monday 4 p.m.
Entertainment Weekly - Tuesday at 4 p.m. Repeated on weekends.
Morning News Magazine Rack - Weekdays 6 a.m.
 includes: Newsweek, the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Foreign Affairs, Christian Science Monitor, Time Magazine and The Week. 
New Yorker - Tuesday 11 p.m.
New York Times - Thursday 11 p.m.
People - Thursday 4 p.m.
Sports Illustrated - Sunday 8 a.m.
SI Kids - Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
The Atlantic - Wednesday 11 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.