IRA's Reading Radio Connects 85,000 Members to Literacy 2.0. Powered by BAM

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International Reading Association launches radio program around the evolution of reading, learning and assessment in the digital age

We offer a warm welcome to William Harvey and the International Reading Association as they join the cadre of exceptional education advocates on the BAM Radio Network

Today, BAM Radio Network, the education station online, announced that the International Reading Association (IRA) has launched Reading Radio powered by BAM. The new media resource will give IRA's 85,000 members, reading professionals, teachers, reading specialists, faculty, and researchers worldwide access to the best thinking on the evolution of literacy in the digital age. Standards, assessment, and parent involvement are a few of the topics that will be addressed on IRA Reading Radio.

Each monthly installment of IRA Reading Radio will feature IRA Executive Director William B. Harvey interviewing an expert on a key topic in reading education. The first program features an interview with Peter Johnston, chair of the IRA/NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) task force, which prepared the recently revised Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing.

The program will be Nanocasted on the IRA web site at, distributed to members through the organization's newsletter and syndicated on the BAM Radio Network at

"The International Reading Association is pleased to provide this high-quality professional information to the IRA membership and to the educational community at large," said IRA Executive Director William B. Harvey. "Reading Radio represents a significant outreach on important topics relating to reading education."

"We offer a warm welcome to William Harvey and the International Reading Association as they join the cadre of exceptional education advocates on the BAM Radio Network," said Rae Pica, cofounder of BAM!. "We are honored and thrilled to serve this community."

About IRA

The International Reading Association is a community of reading professionals with 85,000 members in more than 100 countries, dedicated to promoting higher achievement levels in literacy, reading, and communication worldwide. A network of 1,250 councils and more than 50 national affiliates forms the working foundation for the Association. Councils and Affiliates facilitate direct and immediate access to educators and through this network, IRA's community extends to more than 350,000 reading professionals worldwide.

William B. Harvey became Executive Director of the International Reading Association on August 1, 2009. Harvey has three decades of higher education experience, and he brings a wide range of education and advocacy knowledge to IRA. He is a former member of the Board of Directors at Capella University and the Advisory Board of the Study of New Scholars Project at Harvard University. In addition to having served as chair of the Education Advisory Board of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Harvey has been a Visiting Associate at the Smithsonian Institution.

About BAM Radio Network

The BAM Radio Network is the largest online, education radio network for parents, teachers, administrators, advocates, journalists, legislators and all people interested in education-related topics. The network offers 20 channels of education programming available on demand and hosted by the nation's leading educators and advocates. The network is a joint venture between privately held New Hampshire-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. The programming is produced by Emmy-winning broadcaster Errol Smith and distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network.

The Best Educational Reporting Team

BAM Radio Network has assembled the heads of the education community's leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:

  • Mark Ginsberg Ph.D., executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators
  • Michael McGrady, deputy director of the National Head Start Association
  • Judy Nee, president and CEO of the National Afterschool Association
  • John Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
  • Janice Esau, executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
  • Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance
  • Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care
  • Dr. Eric Karolak, executive director of Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Barbara S. Belmont, executive director for the School Nutrition Association
  • Sherry Waugh, president of the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
  • Glenda Bean, executive director of the Southern Early Childhood Association
  • Dr. Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
  • Dr. William B. Harvey, executive director of the International Reading Association
  • Diane Whitehead, executive director of the Association for Childhood Education International

These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.


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