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NPR To Air Captioned Election Coverage
October 21, 2008:NPR, working with Harris Corp. and Towson University, will make its election-night coverage available to the deaf and hard-of-hearing on the radio via a live "captioned radio" broadcast. NPR affiliate WGBH/Boston will be producing the captioning.
Captioned radio uses HD Radio technology lets radio content, transcribed by live captioners, be displayed on specially equipped receivers. The election-night coveage will be shown at private demonstrations at WGBH, WTMD/Baltimore, and KCFR/Denver, and at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC, using WAMU's HD transmission. The captioned coverage will also be available for anyone to see at www.harris.com.
"NPR is proud to play a role in bridging the gap that exists between the deaf and hard-of-hearing community and the unique experience that radio provides," said NPR Labs Chief Technology Officer Mike Starling. "This presidential election will not only be historic because of its diversity of candidates, but because of the diversity of people who will be able to access radio broadcasts. The deaf and hard-of-hearing population will finally be able to enjoy NPR's extensive coverage of a presidential election."