Review: John Curley Shares His Unconventional On-Air Dyslexia Workaround

by Rich on January 11, 2013 · 0 comments

Recently an article was written by Josh Kerns, discussing the career of John Curley on radio station KIRO. Even if you don’t know who Curley is, the fact that he works on radio with dyslexia may surprise you. In fact, Curley has probably worked harder at hiding that he was dyslexic in the past than he has at his career. How did he pull this off for so long?

Curley said that he got the general gist of things on a daily basis, and as a result he was able to ad lib to keep things moving while on the air. Curley has been sharing his story with kids in schools and as a result he is spreading hope by sharing with kids that he has still had a successful career despite the challenges of dyslexia although he did have a close call early in his career.

While visiting a school in Issaquah, he discussed how he was faced with the reality of this disability. Curley had taken a job as a weatherman for a small station in Illinois. When tornados were about to hit the Champagne-Urbana, Illinois area, he was asked to read a teleprompter on-air, listing the cities that were to be warned.

Curley knew that he couldn’t read it, so all he could do to get by was pretend that the microphone wasn’t working.  Throwing in words and phrases made it seem as though it was a genuine problem, but the guy behind the camera knew better. Curley had been discovered.

Although the cameraman asked Curley what was going on, he soon found out that the cameraman knew a bit about dyslexia. After all, it turned out the cameraman’s son had dyslexia as well.

The reality is that Curley isn’t the only one that knows what it is like to struggle working in the profession he loves because of his dyslexia. Dyslexia can cause many challenges for anyone in nearly any career, as it comes in many forms. The symptoms include more than a struggle to read including:

  1. Confusion
  2. Headaches
  3. Nausea
  4. Problems with directions
  5. Challenges with number work
  6. Short-term memory
  7. Disorientation and…
  8. Dizziness

This is why ChromaGen wants you to know that they have a solution for you. Whether you prefer glasses or contacts, you can get an evaluation by a physician to determine what the best solution is for you. No one should ever have to sacrifice their passion in life due to a disability.

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