Radio Reader

Dick Estell reading at WKAR microphone
file / WKAR-MSU

WKAR has learned that Dick Estell, legendary voice of the Radio Reader, has passed away. According to family, Estell died peacefully Friday, May 6, 2016. 

Dick Estell on TV set with bookshelves
file / WKAR-MSU

Dick Estell's lengthy run as WKAR's Radio Reader is coming to and end. In an interview a couple of years ago, he reflected on the personal significance of the show.


Dick Estell reading at WKAR microphone
file / WKAR-MSU

Fans across the country will miss the rich, gently inflected voice of Dick Estell as the concluding chapter of a storied career draws to a close.

Rogue Lawyer | Radio Reader

Feb 5, 2016

Rogue Lawyer
by John Grisham
Doubleday, NY 2015
February 4 - March 9, 2016

Oregon Trail | Radio Reader

Jan 22, 2016

The Oregon Trail
by Rinker Buck
Simon & Schuster, NY 2015
Airs December 21, 2015 - February 3, 2016

The Flying Circus | Radio Reader

Nov 12, 2015

The Flying Circus
 by Susan Crandall
 Gallery Books, N.Y., 2015
Airs beginning November 13, 2015 - December 14, 2015

The Ship That Wouldn't Die | Radio Reader

Oct 19, 2015

The Ship That Wouldn't Die
by Don Keith
Penguin/Randon House, NY 2015
Airs beginning Oct. 19, 2015

The Boys in the Boat | Radio Reader

May 1, 2015

The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown
Doubleday, N.Y. 2014
Airs beginning May 8, 2015

Soul Survivor | Radio Reader

Apr 30, 2015

Soul Survivor by Bruce & Andrea Leininger with Ken Gross
Grand Central Publishing, NY 2014
Airs April 15 - May 7, 2015

Radio Reader May Update

May 23, 2013

Dick Estell is reading "The Cove," by Ron Rash through May 21.

"Mile Marker Zero" by WIlliam McKeen will begin May 22.

For more on The Radio Reader, visit Dick Estell's Website.

WKAR legend Dick Estell's rich radio history

Apr 18, 2013
WKAR file photo

Dick Estell is the longtime host of The Radio Reader on WKAR AM 870.  His program can be heard not just in mid-Michigan, but on dozens of public radio stations across the country.  

Next year, Dick Estell celebrates 50 years on the program. But his radio roots go back even farther.  He joined WKAR in 1955 as a student announcer, and by 1964, he was the station manager.

 

A New Book for Radio Reader

Aug 13, 2012

Dick Estell begins reading Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner, on August 17. He will conclude The Great Northern Express by Howard Frank Mosher, on August 16. The Radio Reader is heard weekdays at 8:30 a.m., on AM/870.

On August 17, Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner begins. It is a lucid, page-turning account of the trials and death row appeals of Edward Lee Elmore, a quiet and mentally challenged African-American man accused of the murder of an elderly white woman in South Carolina in 1982.

Dick Estell is currently reading The Best of Me, by Nicholas Sparks, on The Radio Reader. The program is heard weekdays at 8:30 a.m.