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Radio Times Fall 2014  "Your Eye on the Written World"
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Happy Birthday, Radio Eye!
This month, Radio Eye turns 24, and to celebrate, Governor Steve Beshear has once again declared November Radio Reading Service Month in Kentucky!

This year, we have a lot to celebrate. Our expansion into Eastern Kentucky is going strong – all three of our radio frequencies (in Corbin, Hazard, and Pineville) are up and running, and we are also broadcasting in Pikeville Medical Center. Our frequency switch in Louisville is also going strong – currently, 53 radios in listeners’ homes and senior centers have been changed out with new WFPL-tuned radios.

Early this year, we also officially changed our name from Central Kentucky Radio Eye to just Radio Eye, emphasizing that we no longer serve only Central Kentucky. We also joined the newly founded
Blind Services Coalition of Kentucky, and are more in touch with what our partners in the blind and low vision world are doing.

In August, we won the Commerce Lexington Salute to Small Business Nonprofit Award. The award got the word out about our program to a lot of new businesses – and new volunteers!

November 3rd is the kick-off for this year’s GoodGiving Guide Challenge. This will be Radio Eye’s third year participating in the event. The challenge will run until December 12th, and will feature weekly challenges that offer donors the chance to match their donation dollar for dollar. To donate to Radio Eye, go to! Last year, 59 donors contributed $9,000 to radio reading services for people who are print impaired through the challenge, including Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation, who once again will be offering us a match for the first $2,500 we raise through the challenge.

On November 13th, we’re holding an Open House at Radio Eye. Come help us celebrate our birthday from 5-7pm. The event is catered with light snacks from Mtani Catering, and we’ll be holding a raffle for a wine tasting for 20 at Talon Winery.
Amy Hatter
Executive Director
On the Road – an Eastern Kentucky Update
By Lucy Stone, Studio Manager
I know that most of you have heard of The Rolling Stones, but I bet you didn't know that I have actually become one. No, I haven't become an actual rock star but I am on the move constantly. One could say that I just keep rolling down the road.

In all honesty, with all jokes aside, I have been on the road a lot with our expansion to the east. In the past three months, I have attended five different events in Hazard and Pikeville. The reaction I get when I walk into a room has changed from, "So what is Radio Eye?" to "Oh! Radio Eye is here!" Once people understand what a radio reading service is and how it works, they get excited to learn that a program like ours exists!

Everyone knows someone who could use our service. Countless times, someone has come up to our table and said that their sister’s husband’s mother can't see and they just know the person would love to have a radio. Then at the next conference, I get to meet someone at our table who tells me that their son’s wife's sister told her about Radio Eye and she just had to have one. It's an almost comical cycle but it works!

Using word of mouth to generate buzz about our expansion has gotten us further than I ever thought possible. Once we become more established and familiar in Eastern Kentucky, we'll be able to gain more listeners and help serve that area completely.

For now we are trying to gain the trust from an area that doesn't tend to trust outsiders. Being able to tell people the names of papers from their area that we read and being able to show them what times they come on, helps to let people know that we aren't going anywhere.

We know the statistics about eye health in the mountains, and they don't have the brightest outlook due to lack of knowledge, funding, and accessibility. We are trying to ease the stress of having an impairment by opening up a new world of information that a listener can gain by themselves. A disability doesn't have to fit into a box or define who you are as a person. A person doesn't have to be alone.
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Love for Lexington – and Our Volunteers
By Lucy Stone, Studio Manager
I absolutely love Lexington. I love the feeling I get when I drive down Ironworks. I love the way my tongue tingles when I take a sip of a drink from my favorite coffee shop. I love how our community comes together when it's time for one of the city's traditions to happen. I love how wonderful the people are.

More specifically, I love how wonderful our volunteers are. It's easy to come to work at 7:30 in the morning when you love your job. Our volunteers and listeners make my job enjoyable in a way I can't explain. 

One of the things that I think sets Radio Eye apart from other non-profits is how hands on we try to be with our local listeners. If we can personally deliver a new listener their radio, we will.

Normally, our volunteers jump at the chance to deliver radios because it helps them connect with the people they're giving their time to help. Our volunteers aren't just reading to an open, endless abyss. There are people on the other end of the wavelength, who are enjoying the broadcast and who are thankful for the service.

One volunteer, Alice, loves to deliver radios and always seems to come away with a new friend. That type of connection, the one between volunteer and listener, always makes me smile and reminds me why I do what I do.

I know we tend to focus a lot of our attention on Louisville and Eastern Kentucky, but Lexington will always be our home. We've made such strong bonds with other local organizations who are constantly passing out our information and sending us listeners that it makes us excited to see what the future holds for our other two streams.
Interested in Volunteering?
Are you interested in volunteering with Radio Eye, but don’t know where to start? We have a lot of opportunities for people to help out – and we need your help! We are a tiny organization with a staff of three, and we rely heavily on our volunteers.

Every week, we read 57 programs to our listeners all across the state. Volunteers read everything from the Lexington Herald-Leader to the grocery ads from Kroger, Meijer, and Whole Foods, to small local papers, to books and short stories. Almost everything we broadcast is read by a volunteer.

Every month, we need about 100-120 volunteers to read our programming, run our sound equipment during live broadcasts, and help with mailings, listener surveys, or committee work.

To start volunteering, call Lucy Stone at 859-422-6390 or email, to sign up for a volunteer orientation.
Kroger Community Rewards
Kroger has recently changed their community rewards program. Instead of using special Kroger gift cards, you can now support Radio Eye by using your Kroger Plus Card. To participate, go to, sign in or create an account, and make Radio Eye (organization #12103) your charity of choice!
It Turned Out to be Tuesday
By: Lucy Stone, Studio Manager
Older man wearing a microphone headset reads the newspaper next to a younger man with long hair. Control board in the foreground.
When I started working at Radio Eye a year ago, I was told there was one person I needed to impress if I wanted to do well here. I was told that it wasn't Amy. It wasn't Chelsey. It wasn't the board. It was Tom Dixon. Needless to say when I met the man, I was beyond nervous. He greeted me with a huge smile and immediately wanted to know my story.  From that moment on, I was a Tom Dixon fan.

Tom has been with us almost since the start. It goes without saying that the early years would have almost impossible with his hard work and dedication. He has brought us countless volunteers and given us over 7,000 volunteer hours. Before he cut back on his volunteer time with Radio Eye, he was reading Herald-Leader on Tuesday, The Manchester Enterprise, Disability News, and filling in for live reading whenever he could. That is on top of his countless other volunteer commitments with other organizations. There is a reason we have his picture hanging proudly on our wall. I have never met someone who is as selfless, kind, well-liked, and funny as Tom. I'm not sure if he knows it but he made my day every time he ended a broadcast. Without fail he would sign off with, "It turned out to be Tuesday..."

Maureen Wrobel, who has read Herald-Leader with Tom on Tuesdays for several years, says she has never met someone who has as much fun with the program like Tom does. She likes that he has such energy and enthusiasm for Radio Eye and the people we serve. She said it will be hard to replace him but she knows that she will still see him around. Leif Rigney, who rounds out the Tuesday Trio, said that volunteering for Radio Eye has been a life changing experience for him. "Tom's dedication, consistency, leadership, encouragement, and giving nature have been a huge part of that," he wrote out on the abbreviated program guide from the last day they read together.

We can all agree that Tuesday mornings will not be the same without him. Thank goodness for Wednesdays! Tom is a modest man but he needs to know just how much we appreciate and love him. I'm so happy that he will still be doing his Disability News (two!) segment so that we can still see him. Thank you for everything, Tom. Leif has a little bit of advice, "Enjoy sleeping in, Tom. You've earned it!"
"Open House" flyer Join us for an open house party on November 13th from 5-7 pm, to kick off the GoodGiving Guide Challenge Season and celebrate our twenty fourth birthday and Radio Reading Service Month.
Lifetime Supporters
Lexington Public Library
Library Channel 20
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WEKU Public Radio
WUKY Public Radio
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Good Samaritan Foundation, a Ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Kentucky School for the
 Blind Charitable Foundation
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Jenny Robertson
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In Honor Of
Mike Barnard by Gateway Radio Works, Inc. – WMST
David Kielar, M.D. by M. Carey and Nancy Blaydes
Radio Eye Staff by John H. Noakes, Jr.
Mille Vachon by Mary Shearer
In Memory Of
Arthur Herman by Robin Gall
Dr. Charles Holmes by Frankie and Randy Daniel
Terry Isaac by Al Isaac
Anne Mabry McMahan by Frankie and Randy Daniel

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Donors who gave between July 10 - October 29, 2014

Radio Eye Staff
Amy Hatter, Executive Director
Lucy Stone, Studio Manager
Megan Hensley, Assistant Studio Manager

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John Copeland, Treasurer
Greg Casey, Secretary
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Martha Goss
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Kate Savage

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