A (very) Brief History of Dick Estell
Dick Estell was born and raised in Hillsdale, a small southern Michigan
community.  Upon graduating High School he entered the University of Detroit
but left after one year to join the U.S. Air Force.  He trained as a ball turret
gunner/radio operator, but the war ended before he saw active duty.

Following his service he attended a radio/TV broadcasting school in
Hollywood, California.  When he graduated he accepted a position as radio
announcer/engineer at a commercial radio station in Michigan.  After five
years in commercial radio, Dick determined to finish his college studies and
entered the radio/TV program at Michigan State University.  While at MSU he
was employed as a student announcer at WKAR, the University public radio
station until he graduated and became a full-time employee.  Dick became
manager of WKAR in 1962 and two years later he inherited the local book
reading program from his predecessor.

Dick was instrumental in the formation of National Public Radio and served as
board Chairman from 1972-74.  During this period Dick syndicated
Radio Reader
to other public radio stations in the U.S.  He retired from
WKAR in 1986 but continues to produce
The Radio Reader from his home
Dick Estell
The Radio Reader
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