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New Leaders Are Selected for the Recording Studio of the American Printing House for the Blind

News Release: Louisville, Kentucky, September 28, 1999

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has appointed Carol Jordan Stewart to the position of Recording Studio Director and has selected Steve Mullins for the newly created post of Assistant Studio Director. Stewart replaces longtime studio head, Raymond Randles, who retired in June.

The APH Talking Book program began in 1938. That year, thirty-two Talking Books were created. Today, APH produces about 500 book titles and nine magazine titles each year for the Talking Book program administered by National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress. APH also records several magazines under contract with their publishers, including Newsweek® and Reader's Digest®.

APH's Talking Book department has ten recording studios and employs twenty-seven narrators, eleven monitors, five proofreaders and two administrators. To create a Talking Book, a monitor works with a narrator during the recording session to assure the quality of the recording. Appropriate interpretation, correct pronunciation, technical accuracy and adherence to text are all considerations. A proofreader reviews the tape according to these criteria and necessary corrections are made before final production and distribution.

CAROL JORDAN STEWART has been a Talking Book narrator at APH for nine years. A commercial audiobook narrator as well, she has won the prestigious Golden Headset award from AudioWorld magazine. Stewart has owned her own audiobook company for four years and is very active in the national Audiobook Publishers Association. She earned her BFA in Acting from the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago in 1984 and received her MFA in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville in 1994.

STEVE MULLINS has fourteen years experience in the APH studios. He was formerly head monitor. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English. In addition to his current production and new administrative duties, he is also heavily involved with APH's new digital project.

The American Printing House for the Blind, founded in 1858, is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States and the world's largest not-for-profit company that creates educational, workplace and life-style products and services for blind or visually impaired people.

Contact Roberta Williams, Public Relations Specialist, for more information. Telephone: 1 -800-223-1839 or (502) 895-2405; e-mail: rwilliams@aph.org

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