This week on The Historians Podcast, Richard Ratajak, now 87, looks back on his life as a paper boy in Amsterdam, NY, a soldier in the Korean War, and a priest in training who served summers at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY. Ratajak left the priesthood to marry the woman he loved and held jobs in state government as he gradually lost his eyesight. He worked for the state agency that helped blind people find meaningful work and served on the board of RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind.
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“The Historians” podcast is also heard on RISE, WMHT’s radio information service for the blind and print disabled in New York’s Capital Region and Hudson Valley. The podcast is broadcast Saturdays at 8:40 a.m. on WCSS 1490 AM and 106.9 FM in Amsterdam and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. on WBDY-FM-LP (99.5) in Binghamton. The podcast is recorded at Dave Greene’s Eastline Studio.
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