Since I've been working at Radio Eye, I've seen hundreds of people walk through our studio doors to help out in every capacity. Some are here for only a few hours, or stay a few weeks, and then some have been with us for years. Each one has a story and I've been lucky to know more than my fair share of them.
A few months ago, we received a call from a lady who was looking for volunteer work for her husband. He had recently retired, and had always wanted to be on the radio. We set up a time for him to come in and do his orientation to volunteer.
We're always excited to get new volunteers, but I had no idea that this volunteer would make such an impact on my life.
If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Steve Lind, you're missing out. Although he has only been with us a short time, he has already done hundreds of hours of volunteering and he sums up what it means to be a Radio Eye volunteer. He comes into the studios three times a week, like clockwork, with a smile on his face and a Diet Peach Snapple bottle in his hand.
Despite having some personal struggles, Steve never fails to make sure that we're taken care of in terms of our broadcast. It's not uncommon for him to come in and do three recorded readings and then turn around and live read because we're in a pinch.
"I've always wanted to be on radio, always. This seemed like a perfect fit," Steve said one day while chatting with Megan. His favorite programs to read include the county papers because he became familiar with the area when working for the government.
We are so unbelievably thankful that Steve has come into our lives and that we've helped him achieved one of his lifelong dreams.
Most of our volunteers choose Radio Eye to give time to because they have a connection to our mission and cause, and Steve is no different. "I enjoy knowing that I am helping people. My father is the type of person who would qualify for these services and I feel that when I am reading, I am reading to him."
Steve also has a special listener whenever he reads. His wife, Barbara, always tunes in. "It feels like he's reading just to me," Barbara said at our volunteer appreciation, "I'm so happy we found you guys." We're happy you found us too, Barb. We are so appreciative of everything that Steve has done for us and we hope that he's with us for a very long time!
The IAAIS Came to Lexington!
For the first time ever, Radio Eye hosted an international conference of other reading services, right here in Lexington! We are members of the IAAIS (International Association of Audio Information Services), an association of reading services â€“ like Radio Eye â€“ across the US and across the world.
The conference was held May 14-16 at the Hilton Suites at Lexington Green, after almost a year of planning.
At the conference, we visited the American Printing House for the Blind (a first for many conference goers), learned several new fundraising, outreach, and remote reading techniques, and Amy Hatter, our Executive Director, spoke about online giving challenges.
Expansion to #EagleNation
We recently partnered with Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) to expand our radio service to 8 counties in the Northeast part of the state. This continues our trend of growth, following on the heels of expansion into Southeastern and Central Kentucky last year, and Louisville in 2010. Itâ€™s estimated that 3,500 people in the area have a visual impairment.
Not only will MSPR be providing us with a subcarrier generator to get our broadcast out to listeners, they have offered to let our volunteers use their studios to record programming. If youâ€™re interested in reading for Radio Eye at the MSPR station, call 859-422-6390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work on the expansion began in March, and we hope to start sending out radios to new listeners this summer. As part of the expansion, we will add Morehead area newspapers to the broadcast. If you have suggestions for Morehead area programming, please call or email us to let us know!
With our expansion to Morehead, we hope to be able to serve Rowan, Fleming, Lewis, Carter, Elliott, Morgan, Menifee, and Bath counties.
Save the Date â€“ Radio Eyeâ€™s 25th Anniversary
Radio Eyeâ€™s 25th anniversary is coming up in November, and weâ€™re celebrating with a Casino Night! The Night for Sight will be held November 6th at the Round Barn at Red Mile in Lexington â€“ keep in touch for more information and to buy tickets.
Website: Radio Eyeâ€™s website is changing! Our site is hosted by the University of Kentucky, and they are moving to a new system. The new site will be up in June. Our web address and the general layout of the site will stay the same.
Office: Lucy and Megan have combined forces to reorganize our bullpen. We have a lot more space to store radios, now, and weâ€™ve even changed how we store our newspapers and publications. We added a coffee and tea cart, which our volunteers love.
Volunteers â€“ please us know if you have any preferences. We have coffee and tea in a variety of flavors and decaf.
Some Delta Gamma sisters help with mailing and other administrative tasks in the newly reorganization bullpen.
Kroger Community RewardsÂ®
Kroger Community RewardsÂ® makes fund-raising for Radio Eye easyâ€¦all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!
It does not cost you anything.
You only register your card once (you must re-register each August).
Radio Eye gets 4% of the total sale when you make any purchase using your plus card!
If you need assistance registering your card, bring it by our studio office and we will help.
Louisville Public Media (LPM) will be replacing their transmitter soon. Radio Eye broadcasts on the sub-carrier authorization (SCA) frequency of their WFPL station.
While this is going on, listeners in the area shouldnâ€™t experience any major interruptions in service. If your radio goes down for 10 minutes or longer, please call Radio Eye at 859-422-6390, so we can let LPM know.
Charles Spivey, Chief Technology Officer of LPM, says, â€œThe good news is the new transmitters have SCA injectors built into them, so we should have a much cleaner signal for the reading service.â€ The previous transmitter used a separate SCA generator to provide the signal in Louisville.
Radio Eye Merchandise
We have new Radio Eye merchandise! In addition to our t-shirts, we now also have grocery bags and water bottles, available for purchase.
Grocery bags are on sale for $5, water bottles for $6, or both for $10.
Our t-shirts are also on sale for $15. We have sizes Small through 4X.
If youâ€™d like to buy any Radio Eye merchandise, please order them online at www.donate.radioeye.org, and let us know in the memo line which item youâ€™d like and the size, if youâ€™re ordering a t-shirt. Shipping is $5.
New Monthly Giving Program
Weâ€™ve recently started a monthly giving program, the Broadcasterâ€™s Society. Radio Eye receives no state or federal support â€“ so support from donors is very important for Kentuckyâ€™s blind and print impaired population to be able to access news, health information, grocery sales, and other printed information.
To become a member of the Broadcasterâ€™s Society, go to www.donate.radioeye.org. This will take you to a Paypal page, where you can make your donation. Make sure to let us know your t-shirt size, or if you'd like to opt out of your membership gifts. All donations to Radio Eye are tax deductible.
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS - WE COULDN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!
Lexington Public Library
Library Channel 20
Louisville Public Media
Morehead State Public Radio
WEKU Public Radio
WUKY Public Radio
Gold Supporters $15,000 to $29,999
Linda Neville Trust
Silver Supporters $5,000 to $14,999
Lexington Lions Club
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
NiSource Charitable Foundation
Bronze Supporters $2,500 to $4,999
Fon & Mac Rogers, II
Benefactors $1,000 to $2,499
Carl Family Foundation
Lexington Medical Society Foundation, Inc.
Second Presbyterian Church
Partners $250 to $999
American Founders Bank
Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation
William Rogers Beasley
David & Roi-Ann Bettez
Blue Grass Community Foundation
Jesse Crenshaw, Kentucky Representative
Group Six, Inc.
Hurst Office Supplies
LFUCG Neighborhood Development Funds
Shelly & Dick Meyer
William Offutt, IV, MD
Ohio River Valley Combined Federal Campaign
Pineville Lions Club
Rotary Club of Lexington
Donald & Betty Sands
Friends of Radio Eye $100 to $249
Accessible Home Health Care
Bluegrass Hospitality Group
Dr. Leslie Branch, MD & Mrs. Barbara Bennett, CRNA
Ron & Susan Byers
Annette & Derriel Castle
Catholic Health Initiatives
Corbin Lions Club
Gary & Alice Dehner
Chris & Pat Ekris
Carol & Barry Frazelle
Rose Marie Hackett
Tom & Kim Hackney
Phil & Connie Harmon
Dan & Carmen Heijmans-Poorman
Ned & Marlene James
Melanie & Jason Ladd
Frank & Susan Lewis
Lexington South Lions Club
Charles & Carolyn Lindquist
Thomas L. Lutes
Phyllis & Keith MacAdam
Bill & Fredda Moody
Mel & Madeline Moser
Jerome & Nelle Oâ€™Daniel
Timothy & Sue Overman
James & Katherine Park
Susan Starr Richards
Wayne & Margaret Roberts
Marilyn Robie & Arthur Shechet
Patsy & Jerry Rose
Dr. John H. Saunders
Kevin & Elise Scully
Mark & Sharanna Swisher
Toyota Motor Manufacturing KY
Blanca Ward & Walter Ward
Wilmore Lioness Club
Broadcasterâ€™s Club $1 to $99
A Cup of Commonwealth
Jessie G. Armstrong
Stanley & Jessie Baugh
Helen T. Brodt
Rebecca Brooks Gayle Bourne Anthony Burgett Ted & Cynthia Burunoff Mary BushWendy J. Butler
John & Cynthia Cantrell
Jack & Robin Carrington
Natalie E. Cummins
Faith E. Dickerson
Cliff & Cathy Feltham
David & Brenda Fulcher
Global Impact for Pitney
Gary & Duave Goss
Carolyn & John Hackworth
Joyce & John Hahn
Carroll & Kay Hall
Phyllis R. Hasbrouck
Evelyn & Mary Hildreth
Jan & Raymond Isenhour
Nancy Kirkwood (Plum)
Lexington KY Chapter
#345 of AARP
Theresa & Ken Moakler
Bonita Brewer Mullis
Bob & Teresa Naydan
John H. Noakes
Franklin & Janet Peters
Mr. & Mrs. Carl T. Radden
Shirley & Donald Reel
Dewey & Dorothy Reeves
Ken & Dudley Robertson
Phillip G. Rose
Leniel C. Rose
Mary Ellen Ross
Roger Paige & Sara
Dr. John Selegue
Dr. & Mrs. T. R. Sisk
Drs. Julia & Scott Stevens
Mary Frances Stevens
Sara & Tommy Sutton
Barbara K. Thompson
Thrivent Financial for
Cary & Madelyn Twyman
Jeanne Van Arsdall
Jim & Christine
Gary & Fernita Wallace
Natalie B. Watt
Elizabeth J. Westin OD
Wilmore Lions Club
Jack & Angene Wilson
In Memory Of
Charles E. Armstrong by Jessie G. Armstrong
Murray Lasley by Susan Starr Richards
Dr. & Mrs. S. B. May by Wayne & Margaret Roberts
L. D. Mayer, MD by Dr. Leslie Branch, MD & Mrs. Barbara Bennett, CRNA
In Honor Of
Amy Hatter by Marjorie Williams
Russell Huffman, Jr. by Diane Johnson
Great niece Jamie by Ted and Cynthia Burunoff
Ken Kurtz by Cliff & Cathy Feltham
Radio Eye Staff by John H. Noakes
Roger Paige & Sara Schoenberg by Bonita Brewer Mullis
Jim & Christine Vanderhoof by Trent Fraebel
Jerry Young by Gayle Bourne
*Includes donations received October 30, 2014 â€“ May 1, 2015
Making a Bequest: People give for many reasons. To be remembered. To honor their beliefs. To make a difference in the world. If you would like to help ensure Radio Eye's future, please remember us in your will. And please know that a gift of any amount is meaningful to us. Thank You.
New Programming at Radio Eye
VIP Yoga is an hour-long yoga show, broadcasting at 7am on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. The show was produced by North Texas Radio for the Blind by volunteer Susan Alston.
Louisville Magazine is a half-hour reading of the magazine. It airs in Louisville on Sundays at noon.
Eastern Kentucky Grocery Show is a 30 minute reading of grocery ads from Walmart, Save-a-lot, and Kroger. It airs Wednesday at 3 pm in Eastern Kentucky.
Careers and the DisaABLED is a monthly half-hour reading of the magazine. It airs the second Saturday of the month at 2:30 pm.
Eyes on Success is a weekly half-hour program created by WXXI Reachout Radio. Each week Nancy and Pete Torpey will share their life experiences and information they have gathered over the years living with vision loss - from the everyday to the high tech.ï»¿ It airs Sundays at 12:30 pm.
Menâ€™s Hour is an hour long program, featuring readings from menâ€™s magazines such as Menâ€™s Health, Menâ€™s Journal, and Esquire. It broadcasts Sundays at 3 pm and is produced by MindsEye Information Service.
Western Short Stories features short stories about the West. It airs the fourth Saturday of the month from 2 â€“ 3 pm.
Other Program Changes
Country Weekly has moved from Saturdays at 3 pm to Friday at 3 pm. Cookâ€™s Corner has moved from Saturday at 3:30 to Friday at 3:30 pm. Smithsonian Magazine and The Diary of Science and Nature now broadcast on Saturday at 3 and 3:30 pm.
Lee and Powell County News has been discontinued. Those newspapers are now read in the EKY Grab Bag, which now airs Thursday at 12:30 pm and Saturday at noon, on the Eastern Kentucky stream.
The BCB Bulletin is now eyeKnow News, and is read during the Disability News, Mondays at 3 pm.
Keystrokes and Job Talk have been discontinued.
Listener Survey Results
Radio Eye conducted our 3rd annual listener survey in late 2014. Of the 520 listeners contacted, 74 (14%) completed the survey. Thank you to volunteers Philip Rose and Sherrie Human for calling listeners to complete the survey over the phone.
In Their Own Words
â€œI really enjoy Radio Eye. I love the book series. Readers for news are sometimes too slow for me, but I realize other listeners may not be able to listen as fast as me,â€ said listener Wendy L.
From Helen B., â€œI am totally satisfied with Radio Eye. You provide a wonderful service.â€
Another listener, Bettie R., said, â€œI particularly enjoy the reading of the newspaper, since I can't read it anymore.â€
Benefit of the Service
Hereâ€™s how our listeners say Radio Eye helps them:
88% report feeling less isolated because of Radio Eye programming
94% know more about current events
18% have attended an event they heard Radio Eye announce
67% know more about health topics
19% talked to their doctor about something they heard
97% believe listening increases their knowledge of general topics â€“ up from 91% last year.
Once again, the Lexington Herald-Leader beat out other programs as our most listened to show, with 47% of listeners tuning in.
Other popular programs were the Louisville Courier Journal, with 46%; the Book Series with 38%; our sports programs (Herald-Leader Sports in Lexington and Eastern Kentucky and Courier Journal Sports in Louisville) at 23%, and Grocery Show, Health Corner, Community Update programs, and Kentucky Series tying at 22%.
Once again, the most wished for books for our Book Series were histories, mysteries, and biographies.
Board of Directors: Barbara McGroarty, Chair; John Copeland, Treasurer; Greg Casey, Secretary; Linda Allen; Rob Deal; Martha Goss; David Hafley; Melanie Kilpatrick; Philip Rose; Rob Ruddick; Kate Savage
Staff: Amy Hatter, Executive Director; Doug Collins, Volunteer Engineer; Lucy Stone, Studio Manager; Megan Hensley, Assistant Studio Manager