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Dick Estell, voice of the Radio Reader, has passed away

Dick Estell reading at WKAR microphone
Dick Estell, voice of the Radio Reader. circa 1964

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 continued broadcasting into his 90th year, retiring from the airwaves in March of 2016.

We'd like to share with you these stories celebrating Dick's career:

For those desiring, contributions may be made in Dick's memory to the WKAR Radio Reading
for sight-impaired, which he founded in 1973. You can contribute your Memorial Gift to Radio Reading Service Here.

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