Community Outreach, Expansion, Volunteers

From a Radio Eye Volunteer

One of our volunteers, who is a retired teacher, posted this on the new Facebook page of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association ( 

“I don’t know if I would be doing this much volunteer work without the KRTA influence! One of my favorite projects is Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a 24/7 broadcast reading service for those whose eyesight is failing. If you know someone who could benefit from this free service, or if you would like a fun volunteer experience, keep reading! and go to for all the info.

Radio Eye has been in Central Kentucky for 20 years; a couple of years ago we expanded into Louisville, and NOW we are reaching into Eastern Kentucky! So more volunteers are needed, and we also need to find those people who would appreciate our broadcasts because their vision, or their ability to turn pages, is making reading difficult.

We read the daily newspapers for a couple of hours each morning, and we read the weekly newspapers from the small towns. This helps our listeners stay connected to their communities. One of our most popular programs is the grocery store ads, because blind people need groceries too! We read the wonderful Kentucky Explorer and other Kentucky magazines, and sometimes books, poems, and short stories. Many of our listeners keep their radios on all day long.

If you don’t want to read orally, there are many other ways to volunteer: stuff envelopes for mailing, answer the phone at the recording studio in Lexington, tell potential listeners about this free service, hand out brochures, help out at an information table at a health fair, drive one of our listeners to one of our social events, etc etc etc.

Before you try finding Radio Eye on the radio, it doesn’t work that way. It can be heard on the internet, on some city cable systems, in many hospitals and nursing homes, and the most common way: on special radios that are tuned to our SCA wave, not AM or FM. We provide our listeners with these special radios so they can keep connected in their homes with all the newspapers. magazines, and other reading materials we might take for granted.

Check out or the FB page of Central Kentucky Radio Eye for more!”