BVA’s Louisiana/Mississippi Regional Group, led by officers Gary Schoelerman and Joe Burns, presented and donated an American Bronze Braille Flag to WRBH-FM (88.3), a New Orleans radio station for the blind and print impaired, on March 8. The regional group chose WRBH as a tribute to the work they do to keep the sight and print impaired informed.
Having opened its doors in 1980, WRBH has been on the air as a service to the blind and visually print impaired for more than 40 years. Although best known for its popular reading of the news daily at 8:00am, books of fiction, nonfiction, and great literature are also read throughout the day.
In preparation for the presentation, WGNO-TV ran a March 7 news story describing the Braille flag and accompanying plaque that WRBH was to receive the next day and permanently place in the station’s lobby. The news feature is accessible here. An interview with Joe, a Past BVA National President (2001-03), also aired on WRBH March 6-7. To listen to the interview as a podcast for a limited time, click here and search for the Public Affairs section.