Yuma Sun, July 26, 2010
Sun Sounds' reading of Yuma Sun wins international award
July 26, 2010 4:02 PM
BY MARA KNAUB - SUN STAFF WRITER
A program that allows people to listen to a reading of the Yuma Sun recently received an international award. The Yuma Sun is part of the programming available from Sun Sounds of Arizona, a program for people who cannot read newspapers, magazines, books and other printed material due to a disability.
The Yuma Sun, read by Tempe volunteer Laura Miner, won in the Newspaper (Recorded) category during the International Association of Audio Information Services Conference in June.
The annual IAAIS awards recognize quality programming and technical achievement among nearly 100 reading and information access services worldwide.
“Without volunteers, many of whom have worked at Sun Sounds for more than 10 years, we simply couldn't provide access to information for thousands of Arizonans who cannot use printed material.”
About 500 volunteers across the state provide the information free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using radio, designated cable systems, telephone and the Internet.
Those interested in volunteering can apply online at SunSounds.org or by calling the Tempe affiliate at 1-480-774-8300. A Yuma coordinator is currently being sought.
Yuma residents can listen through a special radio, which is free to eligible listeners. Sun Sounds provides radio broadcast access to newspapers, magazines and books, as well as telephone access to newspapers, radio reading broadcasts and other websites.
Another way to listen is through the Sun Sounds website (SunSounds.org), and those who have Time Warner Cable in Yuma can also listen on Channel 70.
Individuals are eligible for services from Sun Sounds of Arizona if they cannot read standard printed materials because of a visual disability or a learning or physical disability. Eligibility will be verified. Interested listeners can apply online.
The program is funded with financial contributions with Yuma Community Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank among the donors.
In other awards:
Program of the Year, Interview or Call-In Show went to BookWorld, a 30-minute interview hosted by volunteer Joyce Totlis with Alberto Rios, author of the 2010 OneBookAZ selection, “Capirotada: A Nogales Memoir.” Bruce Halperin engineered the interview, which aired before and after Totlis' reading of the book.
In the Information category, Program of the Year went to Catalog Shopper, a weekly program highlighting catalog sales and advertisements, read by Tempe volunteer Janice Plado Dalager.
“Limericks” walked away with Program of the Year in the Thematic Production (Short Program) category. It was produced by Doug Martz and recorded by Shaw Kinsley in Tucson.
Mara Knaub can be reached at email@example.com or 539-6856