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Jonathan Milam
Triad Information Reading Service
Winston-Salem, NC
January 18, 2006


Hi All,

I will try and not make this to lengthy, but I had to post a message to the listserv regarding WireReady. Once you read this, I think you'll understand why so many reading services are using this system!

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, which I recommended a few months back on this list. However, we soon discovered that the current version of this program would not control the switcher that is needed to alternate between local programming and that of InTouch. Furthermore, the system's main program, and its scheduling program were two different applications, making it extremely difficult to successfully manipulate remotely.

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from our computer, not to mention that it was only 2 weeks to Christmas.

At our director's request, I contacted Dave Gerstmann, somewhat in a panic. I have read all of the compliments Wireready has received on this list, and personally, I was tired of the seemingly endless frustration of the "try this, try that" approach. Our reading service was suffering from our inability to automatically go to and return from local programs, and I was physically exhausted from being up until 2AM daily to manually flip the switch to return to InTouch after our local news broadcast concluded.

When I spoke with Dave, I explained what our automation needs were, and we were able to determine a price within an hour! I called him the next day to confirm the order, the software was shipped that day, and I received it the following Monday. Just 24 hours later, we were airing hourly IDs, and completely automated again.

Bob and Greg, the WireReady techs, were, and still are, an absolute pleasure to work with, and answered all of my questions about the software, and the manual was very well written and easy to understand. Because we are a relatively small service, Greg installed the software on the on-air computer remotely, and developed play lists to get us started according to our program schedule that I had sent a few days prior to the install.

The software is extremely easy to use, and all of the screens are completely screen reader accessible. Being totally blind myself, I am able to hear all of the on-screen activity, and can determine the status of any aspect of a running play list without difficulty.

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, this literally would've taken me several days to develop such a schedule, not to mention the amount of time needed to check each play list to ensure that I had manually calculated everything perfectly.

Because Wireready shows you the end-time of each specific event, I knew when a program would end, and was able to keep every program within an hour. I did not have to worry about programs running over the next hour!

Throughout the entire 72 hours, I never had one problem with the play lists. Everything timed out as expected, and this was the first time in the 5-year history of our service that this has happened. Since then, WireReady has made my life much easier, and has automated virtually every aspect of our daily operation. It will even automatically record our news shows for us, eliminating the concern of a missed broadcast. If you have many volunteers recording programs, the QuickRecorder program that comes bundled with the software is excellent!

I have also began using GoldWave, which shipped with WireReady, and have found most of its features and flexibility to rival even that of Sound Forge.

Sam Bushman, a consultant with WireReady, has truly been an invaluable source of information with GoldWave, and getting the most out of WireReady from a blind perspective. I can tell you that If you speak with him, you'll quickly see why he is part of the support team. He is awesome! Furthermore, whenever I have a question about how something behaves, or just need clarification on a feature, I have always been able to speak with one of the WireReady techs! Even if they're on a call, I always get a response within the hour!!

While there is so much more I could talk about in this post, I will conclude it by saying that if you do not already have WireReady, I cannot encourage you enough to contact Dave and begin using this system. Through Dave, I have seen that there is no need for an automation system to break the bank! He will work directly with you, to determine your specific needs, and you will not be purchasing something that you will never use. Dave has honestly been amazing in this entire process. He goes out of his way to make you feel like a "customer", and not a "user". Given the popularity of Wireready, I have never experienced service of this magnitude. He also backs what he sells. It is not an "all sales are final" situation with him. The support and cooperation certainly does not end after the purchase. If any of you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me off-list at: milamj@wfu.edu

Thank you all for allowing me to share my experience with WireReady NSI!

All the Best,
Jonathan Milam
Triad Information Reading Service
Winston-Salem, Nc.

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Glenn Sabatka
Manager WGCU & WMKO Radio Reading Service
March 9, 2004


My name is Glenn Sabatka and I am the Manager of the WGCU & WMKO Radio Reading Service in Southwest Florida. We purchased the WireReady package for our Radio Reading Service, as it is accessible to me, a person who is blind. It serves all my needs for recording, editing, playback, storage and automation.

As a person who is blind and has been the manager of a reading service for Twenty one years, I must say what a pleasure it is to be able to run my station without assistance. I use the ASAP speech synthesizer and am able to do whatever needs to be done. WireReady, though digital and on a computer screen, uses terms I have used for years. There are carts in my library, cart decks and automation decks just the same as I have always used. The only difference now is that they are on a computer screen. Editing is a snap and I can either trim heads or tails of a recording) with up to 1/100 of a second precision) or cut from within the program. I wrote all the playlists and automated the station myself and the procedure is easy. There are hot-keys for commands (insuring very few type-o's) and they make sense! What I can't figure out is solved by the support I receive whenever I have a problem.

If there is something I want to do to make our automation smoother or if I can't figure out how to set something up, all I do is call WireReady's 800 number and their support team calls back in less than one hour. Then there is Sam.

Mr. Sam Bushman is a member of the WireReady support team. He has proven to be exceptionally helpful. Sam is blind, runs a radio station, and really knows his stuff. He explains every detail clearly to me as a blind operator and our station engineer can also talk to him about engineering questions or how to configure our equipment with ease. Sam is quite a guy. He is never impatient, explains every detail clearly and is a pleasure to work with.

WireReady works for me and I am very pleased with the independence it provides to me as a blind station manager and the support the company provides. I do not work for WireReady and just wanted to write this as it has enabled me to serve my listeners easier and better. Thank you WireReady for providing a product that makes sense and support that is there when you need it.

Glenn Sabatka
Manager WGCU & WMKO Radio Reading Service

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Brad Martin
Director of the WHIL Radio Reading Service & Alabama Print Information Center
March 12, 2004


We've had our WireReady system for about nine months, and I'm not sure what we did before it. Going digital has allowed us to expand the number of programs we can produce in our own studios, and it's given our volunteers greater flexibility in terms of when they can record, because we now have an extra recording studio that we couldn't have had before. And of course, studio operation has been greatly simplified by the WireReady system. We hired some new people for the summer last year who had to be trained on the old system, and then they had to relearn the new system. Because I could simplify things with the computer system, they weren't as intimidated by the new setup. At this point, I can't imagine going back to minidisks and patch cables.


Brad Martin
Site Manager
WHIL Radio Reading Service & Alabama Print Information Center
martin@alaprint.org
http://www.alaprint.org

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Tom Rash
AudioVision
January 18, 2006


"100 percent in agreement with Jonathan here. I also am totally blind and have been using Wireready software for about five years now. Started with the DOS version and now am using the Windows version. Works great with Jaws, and their support team is everything Jonathan says it is."

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Glenn Sabatka
WGCU Radio Reading
January 18, 2006


"I too agree, WireReady (I have the old DOS) system is very accessible even when in use."

July 13, 2005
"..I have been using WireReady for many years. It is the best and most accessible product I could find. Dave Girstman has a great product and they supply wonderful support. (they don't even pay me for this!)..."

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Brad Martin
Director of the WHIL Radio Reading Service & Alabama Print Information Center
January 18, 2006


"Jonathan and all,

Let me just add that once you get the hang of WireReady, you will be able to build those 72 hour Christmas schedules in about an hour. Once you know the software like the back of your hand, it just flows. And I really like the ability to make changes on the fly. I was talking to someone who was using something else, and once the script (playlist/record list) for a day, he can't edit the automation for that day. I make changes on the fly in seconds. I have to agree with Jonathan here."

July 13, 2005
"...Using WireReady with JFW and loving it in Alabama. We switched about two
years ago from the old-school minidisks, and I can't imagine going back."









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