Hart named NIRIS director

Craig Hart
Craig Hart

Northern Public Radio is pleased to welcome Craig Hart as the new director of Northern Illinois Radio Information Service (NIRIS), a Northern Public Radio broadcast service which provides current print information to blind and print-impaired citizens of Northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Hart is responsible for scheduling, NIRIS programing, audio file maintenance and curation, and volunteer recruitment and coordination.

“I feel this program is a vital part of Northern Public Radio’s outreach,” Hart said. “NIRIS gives its listeners a way to connect with the world in a way they may not have had before by giving them local news and information read by local voices.”

Prior to joining Northern Public Radio, Hart worked as a freelance podcast and recording producer and as a writer and the editor in chief of “The Rusty Nail” literary magazine.

“I have loved radio from an early age,” Hart said. “As a kid, I thrilled to programming from the Golden Age of Radio, such as ‘The Shadow’ or ‘Suspense.’ ”

Not satisfied with simply listening as a child, he set up a makeshift studio in his parents’ basement, complete with a Foley table, and began producing amateur radio shows. He continues his love of radio production with a collection of audio recordings on a wide variety of subjects and formats, including dramatic readings. Hart lives in Rockford with his wife, Kim.

For more information about NIRIS service, call ((815) 961-8000.

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