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As the The Radio Reader, Dick Estell brought newly-published books into the homes and automobiles of America for more than fifty years. The program ended its run on March 10, 2016.

Dick Estell reading at WKAR microphone
file / WKAR-MSU

WKAR has learned that Dick Estell, legendary voice of the Radio Reader, has passed away. According to family, Estell died peacefully Friday, May 6, 2016. 

Dick Estell on TV set with bookshelves
file / WKAR-MSU

Dick Estell's lengthy run as WKAR's Radio Reader is coming to and end. In an interview a couple of years ago, he reflected on the personal significance of the show.

Dick Estell reading at WKAR microphone
file / WKAR-MSU

Fans across the country will miss the rich, gently inflected voice of Dick Estell as the concluding chapter of a storied career draws to a close.

Rogue Lawyer | Radio Reader

Feb 5, 2016

Rogue Lawyer
by John Grisham
Doubleday, NY 2015
February 4 - March 9, 2016

Oregon Trail | Radio Reader

Jan 22, 2016

The Oregon Trail
by Rinker Buck
Simon & Schuster, NY 2015
Airs December 21, 2015 - February 3, 2016

The Flying Circus | Radio Reader

Nov 12, 2015

The Flying Circus
 by Susan Crandall
 Gallery Books, N.Y., 2015
Airs beginning November 13, 2015 - December 14, 2015

The Ship That Wouldn't Die | Radio Reader

Oct 19, 2015

The Ship That Wouldn't Die
by Don Keith
Penguin/Randon House, NY 2015
Airs beginning Oct. 19, 2015

Beyond the Call | Radio Reader

Jun 24, 2015

Beyond the Call
by Lee Trimble with Jeremy Bronfield
Berkley Publishing Group, N.Y. 2015
airs 6/24/15-7/24/15

The Boys in the Boat | Radio Reader

May 1, 2015

The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown
Doubleday, N.Y. 2014
Airs beginning May 8, 2015

Soul Survivor | Radio Reader

Apr 30, 2015

Soul Survivor by Bruce & Andrea Leininger with Ken Gross
Grand Central Publishing, NY 2014
Airs April 15 - May 7, 2015

Wild | Radio Reader

Mar 3, 2015
Book Cover:Wild
Vintage Books

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Vintage Books (a division of Random House)
Airs beginning Monday, March 9, 2015

Gray Mountain | Radio Reader

Jan 3, 2015
Book Cover: Gray Mountain
Doubleday, N.Y. 2014

Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Doubleday, N.Y. 2014
Airs beginning January 15, 2015 (approx.)

In the Kingdom of Ice | Radio Reader

Dec 10, 2014
Book Cover: In the Kingdom of Ice
Doubleday, N.Y. 2014

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
Doubleday, N.Y. 2014
Airs beginning December 10, 2014

The Best of Me | Radio Reader

Nov 10, 2014
book cover: The Best of Me
Grand Central Publishing, N.Y., 2011

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central Publishing, N.Y., 2011  
Airs beginning Nov. 12, 2014 

The Best of Me tells the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts who come from opposite sides of the tracks.  Now, middle-aged, they have taken wildly divergent paths but neither has lived the life they imagined, and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world.         

Second Nature | Radio Reader

Oct 7, 2014
book cover: Second Nature
Random House, N.Y., 2011

Second Nature, by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Random House, N.Y., 2011
Airs beginning October 7, 2014