Listener Spotlight: William Lynch
By: Joel Scott
William Lynch of Frankfort is the focus of this Listener Spotlight. William, 81, has lived in Frankfort all his life. He has been retired for 25 years from the Kentucky Highway Department where he was an engineer in the bridge division.
William is one of Radio Eyeâ€™s newest listeners, having listened for under a year. He mainly listens to the Frankfort State Journal, and he actually listens to it through his television. He says he most likely heard about Radio Eye from his next door neighbor, who is completely blind.
William is not completely blind. He estimates his vision loss at about 90 percent.
â€œMy eyes just never were any good, really,â€ William says. â€œI was born with bad eyes, but not real bad. I never had them corrected to 20/20. I did get to 20/30 there for a while. But here in the last 10 years theyâ€™ve really started turning down.â€ William has glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
Up until about six months ago William was an avid woodworker, but when his vision got too bad, he gave it up. â€œI was afraid Iâ€™d get some fingers cut off,â€ he says.
He does still enjoy boating on the Kentucky River with friends, where he owns a houseboat. He also enjoys watching TV, especially The History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and CNN. But his favorite thing to watch during this time of year is Kentucky Wildcats basketball.