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Hart named NIRIS director

July 2, 2014
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.