By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 1, 2009
Are you familiar with AIRSLA?
AIRSLA is an Audio Internet Reading Service helping those who are blind, sight-impaired, reading-impaired, low-vision, or who suffer diseases that make it difficult or impossible for them to read. Our mission is to provide podcasts of news, information, and entertainment that's otherwise inaccessible to them.
Many members of Voices.com are involved in breathing life into these recordings, including Bobbin Beam.
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Bobbin Beam, voice actress, has recently become team leader and production coordinator for the Reader's Digest podcasts heard at AIRSLA.org. Voice-overs.com's, Julie Williams, launched the podcast effort in 2007, and recently selected Bobbin Beam to continue the monthly podcast while Williams plans to expand into similar productions for other magazines.
Several of America's best known voice actors quietly give of their time and voices each month to record Reader's Digest Articles for the blind for the AIRSLA website, based in Los Angeles. The AIRS website - which stands for Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles (AIRS), offers an Internet-based radio station that broadcasts to visually impaired individuals.
In the past, radio reading services have used FM radio sub carriers as a broadcast medium. AIRS uses the Internet because coverage is accessible world-wide. Programs can be received on any computer or, by those who do not use a computer, through an Internet radio.
According to recent statistics, the AIRS site enjoyed some 87,000 hits in August and listeners downloaded a total of 8,517 minutes of Reader's Digest podcasts during that month.
Featured voices include: Harlan Hogan, Larry Wayne, Julie Williams, Linda O'Brien, DC Goode, Janet Ault, Connie Terwilliger, September Day Leach, Doug Turkel, Erin Minto, Dave Courvoisier, Colin Campbell, Dave Shropshire, and Kara Edwards. Post production for the Readers' Digest podcasts is by Steven Powell.
Looking forward to hearing from you!