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#Radio100 Moment 21: The First Radio Reading Service for the Blind(January 2, 1969)
January 2, 1969

Moment 21: The First Radio Reading Service for the Blind

The Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network was the world's first radio reading service for the blind; the first on-air date was January 2, 1969. The Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network, at that time called the Radio Talking Book, was started as a side-channel on KSJR-FM, itself fairly new at the time. KSJR began January 22, 1967, as the classical radio station belonging to St. John's University, and was called MER, Minnesota Educational Radio. In 1974, the station's name was changed to Minnesota Public Radio, MPR.

November 2, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast. To celebrate this special anniversary, we’re shining a spotlight on 100 key moments in radio's history.

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