Story: Radio

Ash Bell and Shirley Comeskey at Print Disabled Radio, 1990

Ash Bell and Shirley Comeskey at Print Disabled Radio, 1990

Ash Bell, studio manager, and Shirley Comeskey, senior operator, at work at Print Disabled Radio, Levin, 1990. Still operating in 2014 – as the Radio Reading Service – it was established as a private short-wave station run by volunteers. Broadcasting to New Zealand and the Pacific, it provided a reading service for people who, for whatever reason, were unable to read themselves. Note the innovative use of cardboard egg trays for acoustic dampening.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1990/3037
Photograph by Phil Reid

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How to cite this page:

Brian Pauling, 'Radio - Māori, minority and student radio, 1960s to 2010s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/42830/ash-bell-and-shirley-comeskey-at-print-disabled-radio-1990 (accessed 26 August 2019)

Story by Brian Pauling, published 22 Oct 2014