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Sun Sounds

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a radio reading service that provides audio access to print information to individuals who cannot read or hold print material due to a disability.

Sun Sounds is operated by Rio Salado College (a Maricopa Community College) through its Division of Public Service, which also manages radio stations KJZZ 91.5 and KBAQ (a.k.a. K-BACH) 89.5.

What does Sun Sounds do?

Sun Sounds broadcasts the reading of a wide range of local, national, and international publications 24/7 from studios in Tempe, Flagstaff, and Tucson.  All reading is done by more than 500 trained volunteers.

When did Sun Sounds start broadcasting?

Sun Sounds started broadcasting from its studio at Rio Salado College in Tempe in 1979.  It established its first affiliate, in Tucson, in 1985, and its second affiliate, in Flagstaff, in 1995.

In 1998, with the help of Rio Salado College’s Information Services, Sun Sounds became the very first radio reading service in the world, and one of the first radio stations of any kind in Arizona, to provide programming using web streaming.

What sorts of print publications does Sun Sounds broadcast?

Sun Sounds broadcasts the reading of books, magazines, newspapers, grocery store advertisements, and other kinds of publications.

Some programs focus on a specific subject and feature articles from several different publications, while others programs are devoted to specific publications, such as the Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star.

Sun Sounds’ dozens of programs cover a remarkably wide range of subjects, including Animal Companions, Arizona Law, Big Picture Science, Book Reviews, Business World, Car Show, Careers, Children’s Stories, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicles of the Old West, Cooks Corner, Earth & Home, Electronics Showcase, Green Thumb, Humor, Job Opportunities, Music & the Spoken Word, Mysteries/Crime Short Stories, People’s Pharmacy, Personal Finance, Philosopher, Poetry, Retail Store Ads, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian Magazine, Soap Opera Stars, Sports, Teen Magazine, The Economist, The New Yorker, TV Guide, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, Wildlife, Women’s Magazines, and many more.

How may I listen to Sun Sounds?

There are many ways to listen to Sun Sounds.  You may:

  • Use a special Sun Sounds portable or desktop radio.

              Special Sun Sounds radios are loaned out to registered Sun Sounds members at no charge.

  • Stream Sun Sounds online 24/7 over the internet.
  • Download on-demand programs and listen to them at your convenience.

              Examples of downloadable on-demand programs include Bon Appetite, Food & Wine, National Geographic, Native Sun, the New York Times Op-ed page, Southern Living, The Space Program, and World News.

  • Play Sun Sounds on your smart home device by asking your Amazon Echo or Google Home or other device to play “Sun Sounds on Tune-In Radio.”
  • Download the free Sero app to access reading service content from Sun Sounds in Tempe or Tucson, as well as from reading services across the U.S. and Canada.

              The Sero app, which is specifically designed for individuals with visual impairments, is available in both iOS and Android versions.

              In the Phoenix metro area, Sun Sounds radio is broadcast at 89.5-HD3.

  • Use a Victor Reader Stream.
  • Individuals in certain hospitals, assisted living communities, and retirement homes may be able to listen to Sun Sounds on their in-room TVs.

              Patients in Banner Health facilities in Phoenix, residents of Fellowship Square in Mesa, Phoenix and La Posada in Green Valley, and others have access to Sun Sounds on their in-room TVs.  If your community does not provide access to Sun Sounds, you are invited to ask them to contact Sun Sounds.

Does Sun Sounds broadcast anything in Spanish?

Yes, Sun Sounds broadcasts a number of weekly podcasts in Spanish, including Bajo El Sol, Cuentos, Revista Seminal, Noticias de Arizona, Noticias Entre La Farandula, and Mejorando Tu Vida.

How may I contact Sun Sounds’ local affiliates?

You may contact the Maricopa County and Central Arizona affiliate at:

              2323 W. 14th Street

              Tempe, Arizona 85281

              Tel.:  480-774-8300

You may contact the Flagstaff and Northern Arizona affiliate at:

              1300 S. Milton Rd. #202

              Flagstaff, AZ 86001

              Tel.:  928-779-1775

You may contact the Pima County and Southeast Arizona affiliate at:

              7290 E. Broadway #166

              Tucson, AZ 85710

              Tel.:  520-296-2400

How may I apply for a Sun Sounds radio and/or program guide?

If you would like to apply for special Sun Sounds radio and/or a program guide, you may do so here:

https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Survey.aspx?P=SSLISTEN&PAGETYPE=SUR&CHECK=qIC5iIDyFcy4BQV%2B0vnrvR9KMHuMAB4wPVAl6UEf65g%3D.

Program guides are available in multiple formats, including large print, Braille, audio CD, and email.

An online version of the program guide is available here:  https://sunsounds.org/listen.

May I volunteer for Sun Sounds?

Yes!  If you would like to volunteer for Sun Sounds, you may complete an online application here:  https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Volunteer.aspx?P=VA2018&PAGETYPE=VOL&CHECK=SeFgAZKxPYXhtfP/WhH2tJd77%2BROLnzI.

How do I learn more about Sun Sounds?

To learn even more about Sun Sounds, please visit its website at https://sunsounds.org.

 

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