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November is Radio Reading Service Month!

The Governor has proclaimed November as Radio Reading Service Month. What better way to celebrate than with special guest readers all month long?!

Radio Eye, Kentucky’s only radio reading and information service for those who are visually impaired or physically disabled, had a fantastic Celebrity Reader Week in September. The response was so great, we have decided to invite special guest readers throughout the month of November to celebrate Radio Reading Service Month.

We have some wonderful special guests coming in to read for us and we’d like to share a little more about them. Each have had a broad and positive impact on our community, and we invite you to follow them in their continued work, writing and contributions to the Bluegrass. 


Renee Sleg_update_reneehaw, host of the KET program Connections, http://www.ket.org/connections, will be reading the Kentucky Series, a collection of locally published magazines. Renee has a blog on the KET website, blogs.ket.org/prompter, and is active on Twitter: @ReneeKET.

In 1997, Renee began her career at KET as a public policy reporter and associate producer. In 2005, she launched the first statewide minority affairs program, Connections with Renee Shaw, on KET. As one of KET’s public affairs program producers, Renee is producer/managing editor and host of KET’s legislative coverage, co-hosts election night coverage, hosts KET’s health series, and produces numerous other issue-centered programs at KET. For more than a decade, she produced Comment on Kentucky, KET’s longest running public affairs program.”


BarbaraBailey_WKYTBarbara Bailey, WKYT anchor for 27 NewsFirst http://www.wkyt.com/station/bios/news/3573982.html. Barbara will be reading the Courier Journal live on November 4th.

I’ve grown up at WKYT, and not just as a reporter. When I married my husband, Roger, in 1987, my WKYT family was there. Roger and I have two children, Courtney and Clark. Next year, I’m going to serve as PTO president at their school, and I try not to miss any of their activities and games. I’m also still working with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of the Bluegrass as co-chair of the Bowl for Kids’ Sake, The Kidney Foundation of Central Kentucky, The Ronald McDonald House, Bluegrass Tomorrow and the Center for Women, Children and Families.”

You can find Barbara on Twitter at @BBaileyWKYT.


cheryltrumanCheryl Truman, reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader covering education, health, business, weird stuff, @CherylTruman on twitter, will be reading the Lexington Herald-Leader.

 Cheryl has been a frequent guest on the KET programs dealing with local issues, and writes wonderful articles about Lexington.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMary Popham, a Kentucky author of the newly released, Back Home in Landing Run http://www.amazon.com/Back-Home-Landing-Mary-Popham/dp/1934894516/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382970329&sr=1-1 will be reading for the book series.

“Mary Popham’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays and book reviews have appeared in the Courier-Journal; ForeWord Reviews; Appalachian Heritage and The Louisville Review. She has produced short plays and published short stories in anthologies, holds an MFA from Spalding University, and is an active member in three writers groups. In the fall of 2013 she will have an essay published in This I Believe: Kentucky; and also this fall, her novel Back Home in Landing Run published by MotesBooks will be released. She is currently writing a collection of short fiction.

You can read her blog at: http://marypopham.wordpress.com.


ShowImage.aspxVice Mayor Linda Gorton, http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=353 will be reading the Courier Journal on November 7th.

Vice Mayor Gorton serves on the Council’s Planning and Public Works Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Environmental Quality Committee and the General Government Committee. She is also active on numerous community boards, including the Parks Advisory Board, Sister Cities Commission, Lexington Convention Center Board, LexArts Board, Friends of the Dog Park, the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Dean’s Advisory Board and the Bluegrass Armed Forces Community Covenant Committee. Gorton is Co-Chair of the Town and Gown Commission and Vice Chair of the Senior Services Commission and serves on the University of Kentucky Martin School Board of Visitors.”

We are glad to have such an active member of our local community and government read to our listeners!


101230mickj005Mick Jeffries, radio host for WRFL’s Trivial Thursdays, photographer and impresario, http://www.mickjeffries.com/ will be reading the Courier Journal on November 11th.


Woody_Berry___1_profileWoody Berry, Senior Pastor at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, http://www.maxpres.org/about/staff-directory/ , will be reading the Lexington Herald-Leader on November 12th.

Woody’s service beyond the local church includes extensive committee work at the Presbytery and Synod levels, as well as a leadership role in 14 General Assembly meetings. In the Lexington community, he has served on the Board of Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Mission Lexington, Repairers, and Planned Parenthood of the Bluegrass.”


indexShevawn Akers, Lexington’s 2nd District Council Member, http://www.shevawnakers.com will be reading the Courier Journal on November 14th.

Council Member Akers currently serves on the following community boards, commissions and legislative committees:

              Food Truck Workgroup – Chair
              Corridors Commission – Vice-Chair
              Masterson Station Park Advisory Board
              West End Community Partners (Partners for Youth)
              Vacant Properties Commission
              Environmental Quality Committee
              General Government Committee
              Public Safety Committee
              Social Services Committee – Vice-Chair”


tiptonnewJerry Tipton, UK basketball writer from the Lexington Herald-Leader, reading the Lexington Herald-Leader on November 19th.

“Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald- Leader has covered Kentucky basketball since the 1981-82 season. That time includes five coaches, five Final Fours, four athletic directors, two interim athletic directors and many memories.”


Jim Ishmaejudge ishmaell, Fayette Circuit Court Judge, will be reading the Lexington Herald-Leader on November 26th. Judge Ishmael joined Radio Eye in reading the Courier Journal during our Celebrity Reader Week. We’re happy to welcome him back.



elizabeth beck bio picElizabeth Beck will read her poetry in our Kentucky Series program on November 13th.

 “I am a writer, mixed media artist, teacher, wife and mother who lives on a pond in Lexington, Kentucky. I live a full, productive life as a survivor of childhood abuse. A suburban wife and mother in my forties, I also carry the burden of eighteen years of incest and domestic violence at the hands of two alcoholic parents. Through years of psychotherapy; meditation practices; a career of service as a social worker and inner-city school teacher; a rich creative life; running and djembe drumming, I am learning to live a free life of love and harmony. I am not a licensed therapist and this blog will not provide professional help. I hope to share the coping skills I have developed and foster dialogues with like-minded individuals who strive to live a peaceful life in the triumph over struggles like abuse.”



We welcome back the special guests who have joined us before and look forward to meeting new guests that will be joining us.

If you’d like to celebrate Radio Reading Service with us, join us at Texas Roadhouse on Richmond Road on November 4th. If you bring our special flyer with you, Radio Eye receives a percentage of the profits. You can find the flyer on our Facebook page or website at http://www.radioeye.org.

We will also be hosting an open house on Thursday, November 21st from 5pm – 7pm. If you’ve ever wondered what our studios look like, come have a look! We’ll take you on a tour, explain exactly what we do, let you know about volunteer opportunities, and refreshments will be provided.


Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Forum

I attended the KY Nonprofit Network’s Leadership Forum on the 22nd and 23rd. It was such a great experience. I learned so much and I can’t wait to start using all the new ideas I have.

The first class, which lasted all day, was with Lori Jacobwith about storytelling. I learned the best formatting of telling stories about people who Radio Eye has helped. You can find out more about Lori at http://www.lorijacobwith.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter @LJacobwith.

The next day, I had 4 different sessions consisting of volunteer involvement, social media, communication, and KY Gives Day 2014.

In the volunteer involvement class, I learned how the language is changing. An example is saying volunteer engagement instead of volunteer management.

I decided after the social media class that we need to keep up with our blogging more regularly. Radio Eye plans on increasing our social media presence. Look for blog posts once a week now!

KY Gives Day will be on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014!  Kentucky raised $330,200 on April 24th for nonprofits across the state this year. Radio Eye raised $910 and hope to raise even more in 24 hours next year.