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CGR Radio Expands Service to Visually Impaired Spanish-speaking Populations

The 24/7 stream is the only full-time Spanish service for the blind west of Colorado

Based in Vancouver, Wash., Community Growth Radio has been serving blind, visually impaired and older listeners with news and entertainment programming since 2013.

Now, with the launch of a fourth stream, the internet audio service also extends those resources to Spanish-speaking populations throughout southwest Washington and Oregon.

Gerald Gaule, formerly of the Oregon Commission for the Blind, is the driving force behind CGR. He says CGR Radio 4 is the only full-time Spanish service for the blind west of Colorado. It is on all day, everyday. 

According to its website, of the four available streams, CGR 1 is more information-driven, CGR 2 offers the same format but is mainly music and entertainment and CGR 3-VetNet Radio caters to Veterans who are visually impaired and/or disabled.

“CGR Radio 4 En Español serves our Spanish-speaking community with the same fine programming.”

Gaule is not only the owner of CGR, but the program director, music director and chief engineer, running these streams from his home.

Programming comes from several sources such as Program Share from The International Association of Audio Information Services, ACB Radio and Pacifica Radio Network, “but the future plan is to have local, volunteer readers who are Spanish speaking, and to have a regular studio for [those] volunteers to read in-person,” said Gaule.

A member of the International Association of Audio Information Services, CGR Radio’s four online streams can all heard on the Voscast online platform. The main service is also carried on FM subcarriers of KFAE(FM) in Richland, Wash. and KPBX(FM) Spokane.

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