Dick Estell, host of the Radio Reader program for 52 years and a former NPR board chair, passed away in May at the age of 90. Current, the public media news magazine, reports that Dick began reading books on air in 1964 at WKAR in Michigan. He focused on newly published books and read more than 600 books on air. Radio Reader ended in March and was carried on 10 stations, including KMST, but at it’s peak it could be heard on about 200 stations across the country. Dick began his career as a student announcer at WKAR, of Michigan State University.