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Radio Times Summer 2014
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New Signal in Greater Louisville
By Lissa Probus

 
Last year, listener and volunteer Inam Shalati was one of the first to let us know that our signal was degrading in the Greater Louisville Area. Troubleshooting, listener calls, and brainstorming for a solution began. Volunteer engineer Doug Collins worked with Amy Hatter, our Executive Director, to find a way to boost the reach of our radio broadcast.

The final answer was to find a new transmitter and we are and grateful to be broadcasting from Louisville Public Media’s WFPL station. The area covered by the new transmitter is a little better, and the signal will be stronger, but that’s not the end of the story.

A new transmitter means our station is now at a different spot on the dial. So, can everybody just pick it up now? No, because we broadcast on a sub-carrier authorization frequency, our signal is not received by most radios at all.

We provide all of our radio listeners with special radios pre-tuned to the frequency for the area broadcast. This means listeners in Louisville get new radios! It also means picking up all the old radios and sending them back to New York or New Jersey to be re-tuned, depending on the brand of radio.

This is not a one day project. Radios we distribute are delivered in person. The radios are in Lexington, the listeners are in Louisville. Over the rest of the summer, staff and volunteers will be arranging to meet each Louisville listener and exchange each radio, making sure the new one receives our signal and that things are working well.

We hope the improved signal will encourage new listeners in the Louisville area. We know that for many, our signal means more than just access to information. This change is a good one. We appreciate all of the people who have stepped up to this challenge, WFPL for welcoming us, and the patience of our Louisville listeners most of all.
They'll be coming around the mountain when they come...
By Lucy Stone

 
Radio Eye has almost reached its 24th birthday. In another 24 years we will joke about how we once delivered radios to Eastern Kentucky listeners, on foot, and up hills both ways.

Although our expansion hasn't been as drastic as some legendary hill stories, we have been met with some trouble and tribulation, but when has that ever stopped us? After weeks of calling nursing homes and senior citizen centers, mailing flyers and brochures to any address we could find, and attending any conference we heard about, we are finally making a name for ourselves in South Eastern Kentucky!

So far we have attended three conferences in Eastern Kentucky and we have another three marked on the calendar! It has been interesting to meet actual people face to face and talk to them about the great things we want to do in their area.

The biggest issue we faced was having people believe a service like ours actually existed. Once they got over the shock of what a Reading Radio Service actually is, they were beyond excited and happy to reach out to us with names of potential listeners. On top of that, we also have a file of listeners for when our streamVolunteer Fred Copeland recording Corbin’s Times Tribune. is fully up and running. (Our Corbin and Pineville streams are currently in the testing phase, and we will be setting up in Hazard shortly.)

We recently sent a press release to Corbin’s Times Tribune announcing our expansion into the surrounding counties and expect to get an influx of inquiries about our service. We currently read 10 Eastern Kentucky regional papers.

Fred Copeland, who reads the  Hazard Herald and the Times Tribune, enjoys reading the Eastern Kentucky papers because that's his neck of the woods. "I enjoy it because it's my hometown. It's nice to know what's going on." 

If anyone has any contacts, or knows of someone in the area who could benefit from our service, please don't hesitate to let us know! We're always looking for more ways to get our name out there and to establish better connections.
Meet the Listeners – Philip Rose
By Merriam Spurgeon
Volunteer Philip Rose in the production room doing quality control.Philip Rose is much more than a volunteer.  He is also a listener, a donor and a member of Radio Eye’s board of directors.  Legally blind since birth, Philip first heard about Radio Eye back in 1990 just as Dr. Al Crabb was launching the service. (Coincidentally, Mrs. Crabb was Philip’s fifth grade teacher!)
 
In 1992 Philip began a six-month paid assignment with Radio Eye through the Kentucky Office for the Blind.  He worked in the office assisting volunteers, doing controls and changing programs.  His volunteer activities began in 1993 – 21 years ago.  Currently he comes to the office one day a week to perform quality control on the recordings.  This involves listening for background noise and other audible distractions, checking readers’ fluency, pronunciation and articulation and generally making sure that the recordings provide an overall pleasant listening experience.
 
Philip particularly enjoys listening to stories and he also likes to hear the Herald-Leader live.  He doesn’t use a receiver, preferring to listen on cable channel 97 or on the internet at
www.radioeye.org. Even as a listener he’s performing quality control, occasionally catching mistakes and reporting them to the office staff.
 
Besides serving on the Radio Eye board, which he joined this year, Philip also serves on the board of the Bluegrass Council of the Blind.  He’s a major league baseball fan and he likes to keep up with programming on television stations and cable channels via
www.tvguide.com.
New Programming at Radio Eye
Half Hour History: This new program is broadcast each Tuesday at 3pm. American History magazine is read during this program along with material compiled by Radio Eye volunteer and host, Wayne Roberts.
 
Country Weekly: Every Saturday at 3pm, tune in to our new half hour program of the reading of Country Weekly magazine. Radio Eye volunteer and host, Larry Hurt, will keep you up to date on country music news.
 
Children's Story Hour: This hour-long program is broadcast on Saturday mornings at 7am. Join Radio Eye volunteers as they read fairy tales, classics from Beverly Cleary, and many other interesting books for children. 
Other Program Changes
We have added a third stream to our programming, which broadcasts to Eastern Kentucky. This new stream began on March 1st. New Eastern Kentucky newspapers include: Pike County News, The Mountain Eagle, Manchester Enterprise, Corbin's Times Tribune, Hazard Herald, Breathitt County News, Mt. Vernon Signal, Bath County News, Lee and Powell County News, and the Carlisle Courier. Eastern Kentucky newspapers broadcast at noon every day.
 
Another big change we made was moving the popular program, Grocery Show, to Wednesday at 3pm from Monday at 3pm. This change was due to Kroger changing their print date for their ads from Sunday to Wednesday. The Grocery Show is a 30 minute recording of ads from Kroger, Meijer, and Whole Foods.
 
For the full program guide, see
www.program.radioeye.org.
Listener Survey Results
Radio Eye's listener survey was conducted at the end of 2013 to ensure we broadcast only the programming that our listeners need the most and are most interested in. Print copies of the survey were mailed to 610 radio listeners in the summer of 2013, and surveys were also conducted over the phone with the help of volunteers Inam Shalati and Everett Bethune. Overall, 74 listeners (12%) completed the survey.
Benefit of the Service
“Your program and services are a complete blessing to me, and I whole heartedly thank you,” listener Peggy Sue told us. And listener Leonard M. says, “Service is wonderful and appreciated! Just recently have I been able to take advantage of the many options/programming available. I hope to enjoy even more programming in the future.”
Here’s how our listeners say Radio Eye helps them:
  • 87% report feeling less isolated because of Radio Eye programming
  • 93% know more about current events
  • 18% have attended an event they heard Radio Eye announce
  • 65% know more about health topics
  • 15% talked to their doctor about something they heard
  • 91% believe listening increases their knowledge of general topics.
Programming
Out of our programs, the most popular were (1) the Lexington Herald-Leader, with 64% listening; (2) the Louisville Courier Journal, 38%; (3) Book Series, 28%; (4) Grocery Show, 26%; (5) Health Corner, 19%; (6) Sports News and Diabetes & You tied with 18%; (8) Disability News, People's Pharmacy, and  New York Times tied with 16% listening.

The most wished for books for our Book Series were histories, mysteries, and biographies. To give our listeners what they want, we have started recording books that fill these interests such as biographies of Teddy Roosevelt, Walt Whitman, and Abraham Lincoln.
Listening Times
Most of our audience listens in the morning and early afternoon - 73% between 8am and noon, and 41% between noon and 4pm. This year we asked what days listeners had their radio on and found that Monday was the most listened to day with 73%. 14% of Lexington listeners listen to the morning broadcast on cable TV on Lexington Public Library Channel 97, in addition to listening via their radio receivers. 
2014 Survey
This year's survey will be mailed to radio listeners in August, and will also be made available through phone and the internet.
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   English

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