History

donate-button  listen-now-btn  ondem

Directions | History | Events |  Staff | Board |
CRIS in the News | Photos  | About

 
Cris Time line history

1979 CRIS sign on Wethersfield property
The first CRIS program broadcast
articles featured in the Hartford Courant and a national magazine.
Volunteers Alan Sagal, Jim MacPherson
and Ron Milligan
shared reading
responsibilities for the two-hour broadcast that was aired on the
subcarrier frequency
of WJMJ.
1981 Reel-to-reel recorder
CRIS moves into a
building located behind the Board of Education and Services for the Blind offices in Windsor.
CRIS introduces
“Bookmark,” a program
featuring a New York Times best-selling book and increases
programming to eight hours per day, Monday
through Friday.

1982 Face of a radio

CRIS begins
broadcasting seven days a week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1983 CRIS LIsteners
WPKN in Bridgeport
becomes the second station to provide CRIS
programming on its subcarrier frequency. Daily programming is
increased to 14 hours per day.
1984 Sound meter
The first regional
satellite studio opens in the University of
Bridgeport’s North
Hall. Readings from New Haven Journal and the Bridgeport Telegram and Journal are included. CRIS begins to air 24 hours a day.
1986 Reel-to-reel recording
CRIS continues to expand its programming, thanks to the dedication and commitment of numerous volunteers who provide on-air voice talent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1988 On air light
The University of
Connecticut begins
carrying CRIS on the subcarrier frequency on its college radio
station, WHUS. Continental Cable
adds CRIS to their
audio channel line-up.
1989 Recording board
Cox Cable and United Cable of Eastern CT begin to carry CRIS.

The University of
Bridgeport studio
is closed and CRIS
relocates to Trumbull High School.
1990 radio speaker
Tele-Media Company of Northeastern Connecticut, Cablevision and United Cable of Eastern CT add CRIS programming. CRIS changes its name from Connecticut Radio Information Service to Connecticut Radio Information System.
1993 Sampling of newspapers
CRIS opens satellite studio at Three Rivers
College in Norwich
and adds readings
of the Willimantic
Chronicle, Norwich
Bulletin, and The Day of New London.
1994 Picture of volunteer recording
Connecticut
Community College instructional
television makes CRIS programming available on its secondary audio
program (SAP) channel.The Danbury Lions
Club partners with
CRIS to start a satellite studio in Danbury.
Birthday cake for CRIS in 2000
CRIS celebrates 20
years of service.CRIS institutes its
Telephone Reader
Service, which
gives listeners the
opportunity to hear programs with a toll free
phone call.

 

in the year 1979 in the year 1981 in the year 1982 in the year 1983
The first CRIS
program broadcast
articles featured in the Hartford Courant and a national magazine.
Volunteers Alan Sagal, Jim MacPherson
and Ron Milligan
shared reading
responsibilities for the two-hour broadcast that was aired on the
subcarrier  frequency
of WJMJ.
CRIS moves into a
building located behind the Board of Education and Services for the  Blind offices in Windsor.
CRIS introduces
“Bookmark,” a program
featuring a New York Times best-selling book and increases
programming to eight hours per day, Monday
through Friday.
CRIS begins
broadcasting seven days a week.
WPKN in Bridgeport
becomes the second station to provide CRIS
programming on its subcarrier frequency. Daily programming is
increased to 14 hours per day.
in the year 1984 in the year 1986 in the year 1988 in the year 1989
The first regional
satellite studio opens in the University of
Bridgeport’s North
Hall. Readings from New Haven Journal and the Bridgeport Telegram and  Journal are included. CRIS begins to air 24 hours a day.
CRIS continues to expand its programming, thanks to the dedication and commitment of numerous volunteers who provide on-air voice talent. The University of
Connecticut begins
carrying CRIS on the subcarrier frequency on its college radio
station, WHUS. Continental Cable
adds CRIS to their
audio channel line-up.
Cox Cable and United Cable of Eastern CT begin to carry CRIS.

The University of
Bridgeport studio
is closed and CRIS
relocates to Trumbull High School.
in the year 1990 in the year 1993 in the year 1994 in the year 2000
Tele-Media Company
of Northeastern
Connecticut, Cablevision
and United Cable of Eastern CT add  CRIS programming. CRIS changes its name from Connecticut Radio
Information Service to Connecticut Radio
Information System.
CRIS opens satellite studio at Three Rivers
College in Norwich
and adds readings
of the Willimantic
Chronicle, Norwich
Bulletin, and The Day of New London.
Connecticut
Community College  instructional
television makes CRIS programming available on its secondary audio
program (SAP) channel.The Danbury Lions
Club partners with
CRIS to start a satellite studio in Danbury.
CRIS celebrates 20
years of service.CRIS institutes its
Telephone Reader
Service, which
gives listeners the
opportunity to  hear programs with a toll free
phone call.
in the year 2001 in the year 2002 in the year 2006 in the year 2008
CRIS moves into
new offices and
studios in Windsor.
CRIS begins the
transition from
analog to digital
recording.
The Norwich  Studio
at Three Rivers CC
was relocated to
the Disabilities
Network of  Eastern CT in
Norwich.CRIS develops
plans to build a new broadcast center in Windsor.
Construction
begins on a new
building at 315
Windsor Avenue
in Windsor.
in the year 2009 in the year 2010
CRIS moves into
its own, newly
constructed
broadcast center
in Windsor and
begins to offer its
programming on its Web site at www.crisradio.org.
CRIS celebrates
30 years and
begins planning
for enhanced
programming and
listener options.
CRISKids for Schools kicks off as the nation’s only library of children’s magazines, Common Core materials and customized classroom materials, all in human narration. CRIS partners with Comcast to deliver streaming children’s magazines over the cable network at CT Children’s Medical Center.
2015 2016
CRIS launches CRISAccess as a pilot with Old Sturbridge Village. The service  provides audio descriptions of museum exhibits using QR Codes. ESPN opens a studio in Bristol so their employees can volunteer to read ESPN publications for CRIS Radio listeners. CRIS receives a grant from the National Archives to partner with CT State Library,  UConn and Ideal Group to digitize (audio) letters, documents and newspapers from World War I for researchers who cannot access print.
1993 Sampling of newspapers
CRIS opens satellite studio at Three Rivers
College in Norwich
and adds readings
of the Willimantic
Chronicle, Norwich
Bulletin, and The Day of New London.
1983 CRIS LIsteners
WPKN in Bridgeport
becomes the second station to provide CRIS
programming on its subcarrier frequency. Daily programming is
increased to 14 hours per day.

Serving all of Connecticut from five studios around the state.