What is MARRS? <ul><li>Mars photo </li></ul>The purpose of MARRS is to improve the quality of life for blind and visually ...
MARRS <ul><li>HISTORY </li></ul><ul><li>SERVICES </li></ul><ul><li>PROGRAMMING PARTNERS </li></ul><ul><li>RESOURCES </li><...
MARRS HISTORY <ul><li>MARRS, formerly RAISE, was first established in Asheville in 1987 </li></ul><ul><li>MARRS is part of...
MARRS SERVICES-WESTERN NC <ul><li>24 /7 programming of local and national news and special features </li></ul><ul><li>List...
MARRS SERVICE PARTNERS <ul><li>Programs are broadcast via subcarrier access provided by the courtesy of WCQS-FM and WNCW-F...
TYPICAL DAY BROADCAST CONTENT <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>12 am        Evening Odyssey    </li></ul><ul><li>1 am          ...
MARRS PARTNERS <ul><li>WNCW(88.7)  and WCQS(88.1)-Public Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Area hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>Pardee H...
LOCAL PUBLICATIONS WE READ <ul><li>Asheville Citizen-Times </li></ul><ul><li>Hendersonville Times-News </li></ul><ul><li>T...
MARRS CLIENTS <ul><li>Blind ,visually impaired , or print impaired individuals in Western North Carolina can receive speci...
MARRS RESOURCES <ul><li>Volunteers-Currently about 40 volunteer readers 2 locations </li></ul><ul><li>MARRS Volunteers pro...
MARRS PRIMARY EXPENSES <ul><li>Radios </li></ul><ul><li>Rent, phone, broadcast equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcast tech ...
MARRS FINANCIAL RESOURCES <ul><li>Grants from local/regional foundations  </li></ul><ul><li>Local churches  </li></ul><ul>...
IMPACT OF RESOURCE LIMITATIONS <ul><li>Overly dependent on volunteers to operate and manage the station </li></ul><ul><li>...
PAST MARRS DONORS <ul><li>Asheville Woman’s Club </li></ul><ul><li>Central United Methodist Church </li></ul><ul><li>Cummi...
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
HOW CAN  YOU  HELP MARRS HELP? <ul><li>Make a donation </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as a volunteer reader </li></ul><ul><li>Ser...
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  1. 2. What is MARRS? <ul><li>Mars photo </li></ul>The purpose of MARRS is to improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired individuals in Western North Carolina by providing access to print information through the use of special radio units, cable TV and the internet
  2. 3. MARRS <ul><li>HISTORY </li></ul><ul><li>SERVICES </li></ul><ul><li>PROGRAMMING PARTNERS </li></ul><ul><li>RESOURCES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VOLUNTEERS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FINANCIAL </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. MARRS HISTORY <ul><li>MARRS, formerly RAISE, was first established in Asheville in 1987 </li></ul><ul><li>MARRS is part of a network of organizations across the US providing broadcast services for the visually impaired </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcasts are readings of daily local newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>MARRS receives NO state or Federal Funding </li></ul>
  4. 5. MARRS SERVICES-WESTERN NC <ul><li>24 /7 programming of local and national news and special features </li></ul><ul><li>Listeners use special radios provided by MARRS to hear newspaper broadcasts via FM radio signals or cable channels </li></ul><ul><li>Webstreaming: Live streaming and archived programs at http://www.marrswnc.org </li></ul>
  5. 6. MARRS SERVICE PARTNERS <ul><li>Programs are broadcast via subcarrier access provided by the courtesy of WCQS-FM and WNCW-FM </li></ul><ul><li>Henderson County local news is available on Channel 11(the local cable system) </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring opportunities with other cable carriers(Charter Cable in Asheville and Morris Broadband in Henderonville) </li></ul>
  6. 7. TYPICAL DAY BROADCAST CONTENT <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>12 am        Evening Odyssey   </li></ul><ul><li>1 am          Good Night Owl </li></ul><ul><li>2 am          After Midnight </li></ul><ul><li>3 am          Best in Short Stories </li></ul><ul><li>4 am          Nutrition and Health </li></ul><ul><li>5 am          Chautauqua </li></ul><ul><li>6 am          Armchair Adventure </li></ul><ul><li>7 am          News, Weather & Sports </li></ul><ul><li>7:15           Green & Growing </li></ul><ul><li>8 am          Newspapers, St. Paul     Minneapolis </li></ul><ul><li>10 am        Past is Prologue </li></ul><ul><li>11 am        Take 20 for Fitness </li></ul><ul><li>11:20         Entertainment News </li></ul><ul><li>12 noon     Bookworm </li></ul><ul><li>1 pm          USA Today </li></ul><ul><li>2 pm          Armchair Adventure </li></ul><ul><li>3-5 pm            Asheville News </li></ul><ul><li>5 pm         Hendersonville News </li></ul><ul><li>6 pm         Asheville Entertainment Hour </li></ul><ul><li>7-9 pm            Asheville News Repeat </li></ul><ul><li>9 pm          Two on the Aisle </li></ul><ul><li>10 pm        The Book Was Better </li></ul><ul><li>11 pm        Reflections – biography </li></ul>
  7. 8. MARRS PARTNERS <ul><li>WNCW(88.7) and WCQS(88.1)-Public Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Area hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>Pardee Home Health Care </li></ul><ul><li>Henderson County </li></ul><ul><li>NC Department of Social Services for the Blind???ask Tom </li></ul><ul><li>Low Vision Center </li></ul><ul><li>Asheville Eye Associates </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Living Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Council on Aging </li></ul>
  8. 9. LOCAL PUBLICATIONS WE READ <ul><li>Asheville Citizen-Times </li></ul><ul><li>Hendersonville Times-News </li></ul><ul><li>Transylvania Times </li></ul><ul><li>Mountain Express </li></ul><ul><li>Black Mountain News </li></ul><ul><li>The Laurel </li></ul>
  9. 10. MARRS CLIENTS <ul><li>Blind ,visually impaired , or print impaired individuals in Western North Carolina can receive specialized radios at no cost to receive programming </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of units have been distributed since 1987 </li></ul>
  10. 11. MARRS RESOURCES <ul><li>Volunteers-Currently about 40 volunteer readers 2 locations </li></ul><ul><li>MARRS Volunteers provide access to Western North Carolina newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Main office located in downtown Asheville </li></ul><ul><li>Satellite office in Hendersonville </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time General Manager </li></ul>
  11. 12. MARRS PRIMARY EXPENSES <ul><li>Radios </li></ul><ul><li>Rent, phone, broadcast equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcast tech support </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting engineering services </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting computer services </li></ul>
  12. 13. MARRS FINANCIAL RESOURCES <ul><li>Grants from local/regional foundations </li></ul><ul><li>Local churches </li></ul><ul><li>Contributions from individuals </li></ul>
  13. 14. IMPACT OF RESOURCE LIMITATIONS <ul><li>Overly dependent on volunteers to operate and manage the station </li></ul><ul><li>Some funds restricted </li></ul><ul><li>Programming limited until funding acquired for full-time general manager </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach effort constrained by lack of financial resources </li></ul><ul><li>Further funding required to serve individuals in additional Western North Carolina Counties </li></ul>
  14. 15. PAST MARRS DONORS <ul><li>Asheville Woman’s Club </li></ul><ul><li>Central United Methodist Church </li></ul><ul><li>Cummings Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Gannett Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Janirve Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Jubilee </li></ul><ul><li>Lions Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Steelcase Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul>
  15. 16. HOW CAN YOU HELP?
  16. 17. HOW CAN YOU HELP MARRS HELP? <ul><li>Make a donation </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as a volunteer reader </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as a volunteer manager </li></ul><ul><li>Participate as a Board member </li></ul><ul><li>Spread the word! </li></ul>
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