Development, Events

Chelsey’s Back!

Hi to all my wonderful volunteers! And to those I haven’t met yet, I look forward to meeting you!

For the past two years I have been working as the Director of Programs at 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!

I’m coming back to Radio Eye at a great time because it’s almost KY Gives Day! Since I’m the new Development Director, I have to make the ask – will you join me in the awesome 24-hour online giving event on Tuesday, May 24th?! Our goal is to raise $1,500 in just 24 hours and our amazing board has offered to match $600 of donations! Mark your calendar to donate at and help us spread the word! Any and all donations are truly appreciated.

I look forward to catching up with everyone and meeting our new volunteers!

Chelsey (VanDyke) Keesy

Expansion, Volunteers

Exciting News! We now have studio space in Louisville!

We are very excited to announce our newest partnership – with Visually Impaired Preschool Services. As of yesterday, we now have recording space in their Louisville office, set up and ready to be used. 

broadcast equipment - microphone in foreground, keypad with red backlighting in midground, recording computer in back, all on a brown table. Caption says: Our recording studio is in the VIPS Children's Library.We’ve been broadcasting in Louisville since 2010, but this will be the first time volunteers in the city will be able to help with recording the program. 

Ever since we expanded to Louisville, people have been asking when we’ll have studios here. They want to help us provide our programming to our listeners, so we’re excited to be able to offer this volunteer opportunity.

Kathy Mullen, Director of Education at VIPS, said, “As two statewide agencies serving individuals who are blind or visually impaired, the partnership between VIPS and Radio Eye is a natural fit.  We are excited to welcome Radio Eye volunteers to our Louisville campus to help serve all Kentuckians in need of current and ongoing information.  We anticipate our partnership being long-lasting and far-reaching!”

An open house at VIPS is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29th from 5-7 PM at 1906 Goldsmith Lane. 

If you’re interested in volunteering or listening in Louisville (or know anyone who is) but can’t make it to the open house, you can also email Lucy Stone at or call 859-422-6390.


Hazard Service Reduced Due to Equipment Failure

Hazard Area Service

 WEKU’s transmitter in Hazard has gone down. They are currently operating on a low powered backup transmitter, until they can get a new one set up.

This means that our radio service is currently unavailable in the following counties:

  • Breathitt
  • Harlan
  • Jackson
  • Knott
  • Lee
  • Leslie
  • Owsley
  • Wolfe

We are available by telephone. If you would like to access the program by telephone, please let call or email us for access – at or 859-422-6390.

We are still accepting listener applications for these areas. We will keep all applications on a wait list and start sending radios out as soon as the issue is resolved.


25th Anniversary of Radio Eye

It was 25 years ago today that Radio Eye began broadcasting!  We found a speech that Al Crabb wrote out for an event around 15 years ago and thought we would share it.  Here is the text and attached is a copy of the original.

Fresh from the archives:

“CKRE has been an interesting agency in many ways.  A few times I have felt as if I had that proverbial tiger by the tail, but never did I feel in danger of being bitten.  The reason for that is simple:  the volunteers.

Imagine if you will those days when the first broadcast was looming – and it was obviously impossible to do it alone.  That is when something happened that occurred over and over through the succeeding years:  volunteers showed up!  And some of those volunteers in that first year are still with us.  They are the Golden Tonsils of this operation, without whom we could not have opened the ears of our listeners.  To honor them in a special way tonight I would like to remind them of the length of their service with these certificates, and to call the attention of the rest of our group to their contributions to our enterprise.

These certificates read:  “The Golden Tonsil Award” and note the first month of service to CKRE.  These recipients may be confident that their certificates are rare even if not valuable, for no others may ever be issued.

And just as these volunteers (and many others along the way) have made it possible to reach our tenth anniversary, I want to applaud the volunteers assembled here tonight who have adjusted their hour and their calendars to the service of our audience.  They are indeed the staff of this organization – the Staff of Life CKRE.  In recognition of that fact, with a generous gift from Great Harvest bakery, there is a loaf of Great Harvest bread for each volunteer here tonight.  As you leave tonight, take with you this reminder that you are the Staff of Life of CKRE, without whom there would be silence.

And so I am gone, but to make sure I am not forgotten, I will drop in at increasingly rare intervals to watch you grow, expand, and continue to serve.

But here, tonight, I want you to join me in thanking Joyce McGuire for her unending work to keep us on the air, to monitor our programming, and to line up volunteers for those inevitable circumstances when we are short of readers.  Joyce – here are symbols of our gratitude and indebtedness.”

– Al Crabb, founder of Radio Eye

Al Crabb, CKRE, Radio Eye, Al Crabb speech, volunteer appreciation, Joyce McGuire


Thank you, United Bank!

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We would like to welcome United Bank as one of our Flush sponsors for our upcoming Night for Sight on November 6th!

United Bank has locations in Fayette, Jessamine, Scott, and Woodford counties.

Thank you so much, United Bank, for your commitment to radio reading for people who are blind or print impaired!

To buy tickets for Night for Sight, go to, or call 859-422-6390.


Thank you, Kentucky Employees Credit Union!

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We would like to welcome Kentucky Employees Credit Union as one of our Flush sponsors for our upcoming Night for Sight on November 6th!

KECU has been empowering financial wellness throughout our community since 1938.

Thank you so much, KECU, for your commitment to radio reading for people who are blind or print impaired!

To buy tickets for Night for Sight, go to, or call 859-422-6390.


Thank you, Hurst Business Supply & Furniture Solutions!

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Please join us in thanking Hurst Business Supply & Furniture Solutions for sponsoring our Night for Sight on November 6th! They are coming in as a Flush sponsor.

“Hurst has been providing reliable service to central Kentucky businesses for over 90 years. Today, we’re still independently owned and committed to keeping our local business community strong.”

Thank you, again, Hurst, for your support for radio reading to people who are blind or print-disabled!