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Raleigh Man Links Sight-Impaired Listeners To World

Posted November 9, 2006

— Sight-impaired people in the Triangle do not have to miss out on news and information thanks to a man who has been reading the newspaper to them for more than 20 years.

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Bob Kruger reads the grocery store ads and the news as a volunteer with the Triangle Radio Reading Service. The service is for people who are blind or sight-impaired.

"I believe I was put on this earth and I have lived as long as I have because God has some kind of job for me, so I'm going to keep on keeping on until he sees otherwise," he said.

Kruger said he retired as a meat cutter 21 years ago, and he has been reading ever since.

"What he does is really a good service because I like to know when Food Lion or whoever has whole sirloin tips for less than $2 a pound because it's a lot easier to swallow that steak at that price," said listener Allen Radford.

The food ads are a favorite, but listeners like Radford also appreciate the news and information. He said they read newspapers across Wake and Johnston County.

Radford said he cannot imagine life without Kruger.

"It's just a welcome friend into your house that's come to read to you, to inform you," he said.

Kruger also writes and produces a monthly program called Thought For Food. In the forum, he shares the information from the food sections of the News & Observer and the Herald-Sun with listeners. Kruger also volunteers to take a portion of the week's newspapers to be recycled.

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