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July 27, 2005
Contact: Sheri Hamilton, KPR (785) 864-5968; Diana Frederick, Audio-Reader, (785) 864-4634.

KPR, Audio-Reader to unveil legacy societies named for Wright, Cerf


LAWRENCE -- Former KANU-FM station manager Dick Wright and local philanthropist Petey Cerf will be remembered and honored at a luncheon Thursday when Kansas Public Radio and Audio-Reader unveil the respective legacy societies of these two organizations.

Audio-Reader's new legacy society -- a planned giving organization -- is named after Cerf, and KPR's legacy society is named after Wright. KPR and the Audio-Reader service depend on charitable donations, bequests, memorials and other private gifts. The luncheon will be at 11 a.m. in the Adams Alumni Center.

A renowned jazz specialist, Wright was KANU's station manager when Cerf first approached the University of Kansas about supporting a radio reading service for the blind and visually impaired. Cerf donated the original transmitter and was the sole source of Audio-Reader's funding for several years. In October 1971, Wright threw the transmitter switch that activated the Kansas Audio-Reader Network. The reading and information service began its broadcasts on a subcarrier of KANU's main channel, now known as KPR.

Both Wright, who also was an associate professor of music history at KU for 22 years, and Cerf were very involved in the Lawrence community during their lifetimes. Cerf died in 1996, and Wright died in 1999.

"I can't think of any two people connected with Audio-Reader and Kansas Public Radio who are more appropriate to be honored for their involvement in these institutions and this community," said Janet Campbell, director of Audio-Reader and general manager of KPR. "Naming our legacy societies after them is a wonderful way to honor their memories."

Campbell; Jack Schwartz of the KU Endowment Association; Audio-Reader volunteer Patty Mathews; and Phil Harrison, a new member of the Dick Wright Legacy Society, will speak at the luncheon. Attendees will include members of Dick Wright's family and Cerf's son William Dann.

For more information, visit http://kpr.ku.edu and http://reader.ku.edu .

KPR, licensed to KU, broadcasts on KANU 91.5 FM in Lawrence, KANH 89.7 FM in Emporia, KANV 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City and K210CR 89.9 FM in Atchison. KPR also can be heard on the Web at http://kpr.ku.edu .

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