AMI-audio unveils podcast, programming lineup for upcoming season

AMI (Accessible Media Inc.) has unveiled its AMI-audio lineup for the 2023-24 broadcast season, headlined by the debut of The Washington Post This Week and the return of its daily Double Tap program.

The Washington Post This Week, airing Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. ET, sees veteran AMI narrator Matt Speirs reading “a selection of the most thought-provoking perspectives” published by the newspaper.

Roger Ashby

Returning reading programs include The Globe and Mail Today (Monday-Friday at 8 a.m. ET) featuring Mike Ross and Corinne Van Dusen delivering news, editorials and business, sports and entertainment stories pulled from the latest edition of the national paper; Maclean’s Magazine (Monday-Friday at 9 a.m. ET) with Anastasia Maclean and Michael Wile; The Guardian Daily (Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. ET), hosted by Hannah Tausz and Laura Kirker, with The Guardian Long Read, diving into long-form pieces, airing at 10 a.m. ET on weekends; and Voices of The Walrus (Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. ET) featuring broadcaster Roger Ashby bringing to life essays, fiction, and poetry from Canadian writers.

Other returning programs include: Double Tap (with new episodes daily at noon ET), helmed by Steven Scott and Shaun Preece, discussing news, reviews and technology stories of interest to members of the blind, partially sighted and disability community; My Life in Books with Red Széll, (Mon., Weds., Fri. at 1 p.m. ET) featuring interviews with authors who discuss their life, works and three books that have resonated with them; AMI Audiobook Review, (Tues., Thurs., Sat., Sun., at 1 p.m. ET) hosted by Ramya AmuthanJacob Shymanski and Nisreen Abdel-Majid; Kelly and Ramya (Monday-Friday at 2 p.m. ET), featuring discussion on arts, entertainment and lifestyle issues; Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther (weekends at 2:30 p.m. ET) reviewing outdoor tech and tips on exploring the outdoors with a guide dog; and Podcast Roundup (weekends at 3 p.m. ET) hosted by artist, actor and disability advocate Amy Amantea with highlights from the week’s AMI podcasts and others featuring voices from the disability community.

Returning AMI-audio podcasts

Available on YouTube, returning AMI-audio podcasts include:

Low Vision Moments: Part story time, part comedy, part awareness-driven, the monthly Low Vision Moments with Jennie Bovard presents funny experiences that happen when you are blind or partially sighted.

Para Sport Update: From coast to coast to coast, host and paralympian Greg Westlake explores Canada’s para sports scene weekly and brings you the latest news from the world of adaptive sport.

Shaun of the Shed: Hosted by Double Tap‘s Shaun Preece from his shed, the monthly Shaun of the Shed gives those new to the world of technology a helping hand with everything from using a screen reader or smart speakers to unboxing and starting up a new computer.

The Pulse: Now entering its seventh season on AMI-audio, host Joeita Gupta leads a weekly in-depth discussion on issues impacting the disability community across Canada.

Tripping On Air: Fashion Dis host Ardra Shephard, along with Alex Hajjar, brings her confessional/informational blog, Tripping On Air, to the podcast airwaves where she speaks frankly about what it’s really like to live with MS.

“I’m very excited about the upcoming year on AMI-audio,” said Andy Frank, Manager, AMI-audio, in a release. “Adding The Washington Post This Week grows and further establishes AMI’s deep roots as a reading service and expanding our podcast library to YouTube has successfully introduced new and existing listeners to the incredible content we offer every day.”

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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