Annual vintage vinyl sale benefits service for reading disabled in Central IL

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URBANA – Those interested in purchasing vinyl could do so while benefitting the Illinois Radio Reader (IRR) program.

IRR is a service of Illinois Public Media and provides the reading of local newspapers, magazines, books and much more to the reading disabled in East Central Illinois. The annual Vintage Vinyl sale takes place Saturday, October 1, and serves as IRR’s principal fundraiser.

“The prices are low, and the inventory is fantastic, with an especially impressive selection of LPs and CDs,” explains Illinois Radio Reader Coordinator, Kathie Spegal.

Now in its 23rd year, the Vintage Vinyl sale continues to be one of the Midwest’s best sales of used vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and other donated musical ephemera offered at bargain prices.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit IRR, and Spegal says those funds are needed more than ever after troubles with the state budget.

“The Vintage Vinyl sale is the only community fundraising activity for this vital service. In fact, it raises a good portion of our annual operating budget, which is needed now more than ever to replace what we have lost from the state funding source,” Spegal adds.

More than 500 users are kept informed via a special radio receiver, an online stream and/or a free mobile app. Radio Reader is a free service and depends on volunteer readers, who produce some 90 hours of local programming each week.

Those interested in getting a special radio receiver to hear broadcasts can fill out a user application at the IRR office, located at 300 North Goodwin Avenue in Urbana. Users can also find the online stream of the IRR signal here by clicking on “Listen to the Illinois Radio Reader Service” and finally by downloading the free app “Sero” to mobile devices. Once it is downloaded, users can find the Illinois Radio Reader stream located in the sub-category of Radio Reading Services.

Anyone who has a visual or physical disability which impairs his or her ability to read may be eligible to obtain this free service. Those interested should contact Illinois Radio Reader at 217-333-6503 or download an application here for a radio receiver.

The Vintage Vinyl sale takes place October 1 from 8 AM to 6 PM at the Fluid Event Center in Champaign. The sale will open with a $5 admission fee from 8 to 11 AM. There is no admission fee from 11 AM to 6 PM, and the half-price sale will be from 4 to 6 PM.

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