from the Chicago Sun-Times
New station to offer training for disabled
October 26, 1999
BY ROBERT FEDER SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
The first radio station in the country operated entirely as a training
facility for the disabled soon will sign on in Chicago.
A Chicago-based investment group announced plans Monday to buy west
suburban WAUR-AM (930) for $4.4 million from Catholic Radio Network
for conversion to a sports/talk outlet operated by the Radio Center
for People with Disabilities.
Brad Saul, a 26-year broadcast veteran and executive director of the
nonprofit center, said the plan was an outgrowth of his own battle
with multiple sclerosis.
"My hope is that I can help people learn a career where they can
contribute, get off welfare and become productive, tax-paying
citizens," he said. "We're the only minority group anyone can join at
any time in a split second."
Pending approval of the sale by the Federal Communications Commission,
the center plans to take over the station early next year with a
lineup of syndicated and locally produced programs on
disability-related issues as well as some Notre Dame basketball and
Schaumburg Flyers baseball games.
In a time-brokered arrangement with the new owners of WAUR, Catholic
Radio Network will continue to air its Catholic Family Radio
programming during afternoons through March and during evenings
through the end of 2000.
Catholic Family Radio also airs on WYPA-AM (820).
Robert Feder's column appears Tuesday through Friday.
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