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American Printing House for the Blind (APH), Louisville, Kentucky announces a two-fold celebration

News Release: Louisville, Kentucky, March 26,2003

American Printing House for the Blind (APH), Louisville, Kentucky announces a two-fold celebration

When will it happen?
Monday, March 31, 2003, at noon at APH, 1839 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, Kentucky.

What will happen?
The guest of honor (a reel-to-reel recorder) will be draped in festive garb and put in a place of honor.

Those who worked closely with the honoree will enjoy cake and refreshments and share a few memories.

Betty Atcher, widow of former Louisville television personality, Randy Atcher, will cut the ribbon (a piece of recording tape) to symbolically open the now fully digital recording studios of APH. Randy was a narrator in the APH Studios from 1969 until his death last year.

Why is it happening?
For the past year, APH has been converting its ten recording studios from analog recording mode to digital mode. On March 31, all studios will be fully equipped for digital recording and editing. APH’s own technical research department developed the recording software used in these studios.

Why does it matter?
APH produced its first Talking Book in 1938. Since than, it has been under contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress, to produce Talking Books for that program. APH now produces over 500 titles a year for NLS.

APH also produces a variety of magazines on cassette for NLS, and regularly records Newsweek, and Reader’s Digest for APH patrons.

The change from analog recording mode to digital recording and editing will make it possible for APH to deliver higher quality Talking Books more quickly.

To find out more about APH and its recording studios visit

Contact Roberta Williams, Public Affairs and Special Projects Manager, for more information. Telephone: 1 -800-223-1839 or (502) 895-2405; e-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required