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The Beacon Show - Talk Radio by The Chicago Lighthouse's CRIS Radio - Disability Radio

  • Published: 2010-06-04 : Author: The Chicago Lighthouse
  • Synopsis: Broadcasting on a new station and time CRIS features programming specific to veterans senior citizens and people who are disabled.

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The Beacon Show, Talk Radio Produced By The Chicago Lighthouse's CRIS Radio, Now On WCPT - AM & FM - Consistent with recent expansions at The Chicago Lighthouse, its CRIS Radio is also growing. Broadcasting on a new station and time, CRIS reaches larger audience with programming specific to veterans, senior citizens, and people who are disabled.

Recently switching to the airwaves of WCPT, The Beacon Show is airing from 4:00 - 5:00 pm, every Sunday. Geared toward the interests of veterans, seniors, and people who are disabled, The Beacon Show covers a wide range of disability issues, primarily focusing on vision and hearing impairment.

Some topics covered during the show are law, policy, access, specific disabilities, guidance and advice, as well as events and services offered by The Chicago Lighthouse and other organizations serving the blind and visually impaired community. Adding to aforementioned subjects, technology for people who are blind or visually impaired is reviewed and discussed in a segment titled "Tom's Corner" in which Tom Perski, Lighthouse's director of rehabilitation, contributes his critiques and expertise as a guest of the show.

Politicians, professionals within various fields of disability, representatives from organizations, teachers, and many others experts in their respective fields, also make regular appearances and contribute their knowledge to The Beacon Show. "We are the only show covering vision loss, hearing impairment, and disability. This show means a lot to a lot of people, and many more can benefit, can learn something new, can feel part of a community" stated Bill Jurek, a legendary name in broadcasting who is also the Beacon Show's producer and co-host with Lainie Williams, Kevin DePhillips, Edie Manzano, and Sue Lamm.

"Now that we have a great time slot, on a great station, we're really seeing the responses come in," said Jurek, also highlighting that only after two weeks of broadcasting over the new airwaves, The Beacon Show has had a cumulative audience of 250,000.

Due to the variety of topics covered on the program, as well as the show's unique subject matter and areas of focus, a diverse group of advertisers can take advantage of promoting on The Beacon Show. Past advertisers have included vision impairment and disability institutions, public transportation providers, as well as restaurants and small businesses/organizations.

The Beacon Show airs in Chicago and surrounding suburbs via radio frequencies 820 AM, 92.7 FM in Northern suburbs, 92.5 for West suburbs, and 99.9 in the South. Listeners, throughout the world, may listen live by visiting The Chicago Lighthouse website at Down-loadable podcasts of The Beacon Show are also offered, ... .

To obtain information on advertising, please visit, or contact Bill Jurek for ad rates and other inquires: or call 312-666-1331 ext. 3077.

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is a nonprofit agency committed to providing educational, clinical, vocational, and rehabilitation services for people who are blind or visually impaired.

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