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(Almost) 26 Years of Reading with Jewel Vanderhoef
By Amy Hatter
Lady with white hair and glasses sits in front of a recording studioOnce you start reading with Radio Eye, it’s hard to stop. Just ask Jewel Vanderhoef (pictured left) who’s been reading for us for almost 26 years!
Jewel was one of our very first volunteers. She did her first reading the very first weekend that we broadcast, back in 1990, and has stuck around ever since!
“My parents were deaf,” Jewel told me. “To them, reading the paper was very important. At that time, there was no captioned news, no captioning anywhere. The only way they had of getting the news was what they read.
“When I was growing up, my parents subscribed to 5 daily newspapers. Two mornings, two afternoons, and then a local afternoon paper. We were inundated with newspapers. And that’s where they got all their news.
“So when Al started this, I knew how important getting the news is. So I thought, for people who are blind – and that primarily was the target group at that time – it was just as important to them as it was to my parents.”
Having volunteered for more than 25 years, Jewel has seen a lot of changes at Radio Eye – 3 leadership changes, the studio move, multiple expansions, numerous new ways for volunteers to listen, and of course, many new programs to read.
“I’m just very impressed,” she says of all the changes. “We’ve had great leadership, with Al and all the successive leadership. Everybody has – each leadership has made a substantial progress during their tenure.

"The move here did a lot to add to our credibility, with organizations who want to make grants and so forth. To say, yes, we aren’t a fly by night operation. I think the move here was great. I think with the expansion that you’ve done with internet and all the accesses that people have, you know, we’ve kept up with technology and offering it to our people.”

Jewel started off doing the live reading of the Herald-Leader, before moving to recordings when her work schedule changed.
“When Al [Crabb, our founder] first started, we just had the control room, that live studio, and the little booth right next to the control room. That was what he started with. So, you had the live reading, and then people could come in and do recordings for newspapers, magazines, whatever. And then, some volunteers got together, and Al scrounged up some materials, and they were able to pad an office off to the right as you come in, so they could use it to record. And another area, as well.”
That’s when Jewel got to start reading books, which she still does today. “I found out that I was a real ham. When you’re recording a book, you can be as hammy as you want. Nobody sees you. You don’t have an audience [watching you read].”
Not just a volunteer, Jewel also donates to Radio Eye. “[I like to give] local,” she says, “and anything that’s people to people, where an individual gets the immediate result, not gone through several layers to get to them.”

Jewel is currently reading Christmas for Lucy by Saundra Staats McLemore. Listeners can catch it when it broadcasts in December.
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Save the date and start charming Lady Luck -- Radio Eye's casino night benefit is scheduled for October 14th at the Lyric Theatre, from 6 - 9 PM! Tickets are $50 each and are on sale now!

You will get fun money to play great games like craps, roulette, and blackjack, the chance to win fun prizes, and food catered by Lexington Diner!

Visit  to purchase your ticket today! Have fun for a great cause!

I'm Back!
By Chelsey Keesy
Hi to all my wonderful volunteers! And to those I haven’t met yet, I look forward to meeting you!
In 2012 I joined Radio Eye as the Studio Manager and was in that position for two years – with the wonderful Lucy Stone taking over when I left. For the past two years I have been working as the Director of Programs at the Bluegrass Council of the Blind. I resigned from my position in March and started my own business, CK Nonprofit Services, LLC. I am currently working with a few different nonprofit organizations on grants, fundraising, and social media.
And, I started back at Radio Eye as the part-time Development Director on Monday May 9th! I am so excited to be back, doing what I love, and working with an organization that means so much to me. I’m very impressed with how much Radio Eye has grown since I’ve been gone – expanding to Morehead, getting an 800 telephone service set up, studio space in Louisville at Visually Impaired Preschool Services for volunteers, having the option for volunteers to record at home, and so much more.
Some things that are new with me – I have a new last name! I married my high school sweetheart in Gatlinburg on September 13, 2014. We bought a house in Lexington off Georgetown Road (Thank you Radio Eye volunteer Missy Ward for being our agent!), and we have two adorable cats – Toki & Tubby. And I have a one-year-old niece – Sadie Jane!
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KY Gives Day Success!
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Thank you to everyone who gave to KY Gives Day on May 24th.

25 donors (including our match donors - Radio Eye board members and Kentucky One Health St. Joseph Hospital) raised $3,400 for reading services for people who are blind and print-impaired!

This was enough to broadcast 232 hours of programming - including 9 broadcasts of the Lexington Herald Leader, 9 broadcasts of the Louisville Courier Journal, and 3 grocery/pharmacy ad readings!

Thrivent Choice Dollars® can help Radio Eye
Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who’s eligible to direct Choice Dollars®?

Choice Dollars charitable grant funds can make a world of difference to our organization as we work together to ensure that people who are blind or print-impaired have access to printed news and information. By directing Choice Dollars, eligible Thrivent members recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable grant funds.

Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.

Bluegrass Fair logoThe Lexington Lions have been a huge supporter of Radio Eye since 2006 and have contributed thousands of dollars over the years. A big fundraiser for the Lions is the Bluegrass State Fair that comes into town every year which allows them to generously donate to Radio Eye. 

This year the fair runs from July 14th â€“ 24th and is open to the public starting at 5pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends.

It is located at 3051 Leestown Road at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Admission only is $6 (cash only), and children 6 & under get in for free. In addition to admission, Ride Wristbands are available for $20 per person.      

Not only do we love the Lions club, but we are Lions!  Megan, Lucy, and Chelsey have joined the Lexington Lions club in the past year, and between the three of us we attend lunch meetings regularly. For more information about joining the Lexington Lions Club or going to the fair, visit their website or call 859-333-4601

Please come out and support the fair!
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In May, our Executive Director Amy Hatter and board member Rob Ruddick were interviewed by Paul Chartier on Heart of Gold. The interview played on WKYT throughout the month of June.
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