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Radio Eye and Morehead State Public Radio partner to bring the newspaper to people who are blind or print-disabled

Two men - one in a blue jacket and one in a gray jacket - smile at the camera from Morehead State Public Radio studios.

Paul Hitchcock, General Manager of MSPR (left) and Doug Collin, Radio Eye’s engineer (right).

Radio Eye and Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) are joining forces to make sure everyone has access to the newspaper – even if they can’t read it themselves.

Radio Eye is a non-profit based in Lexington that broadcasts the reading of printed news and material over special radios to people who are blind, visually impaired, or have any disability that makes reading difficult or impossible.

They recently partnered with MSPR to expand the service to 8 counties in the Northeast part of the state (Rowan, Fleming, Lewis, Carter, Elliott, Morgan, Menifee, and Bath).

Radio Eye’s programming will broadcast on MSPR’s sub-carrier authorization (SCA) frequency to listeners in Morehead and the surrounding counties. The broadcast requires a special radio to hear it, which are available for free (with a suggested donation of $25) for qualified listeners.

It’s estimated that 3,500 people in the area have a visual impairment.

Radio Eye broadcasts 24 hours a day, and all of the programs are read by volunteers. Not only will MSPR be providing the frequency to get the broadcast out to listeners, they have also offered to let Radio Eye’s volunteers use their studios to record programming. As part of the partnership, Radio Eye is adding Morehead area newspapers (such as the Morehead News, The Ledger Independent, and Grayson’s Journal Times) to the broadcast.

Radio Eye will be holding an information session at Rowan County Public Library on Wednesday, July 29th, from 4-6pm. Radio Eye staff will be on hand to answer questions about the service and provide radios to qualified applicants.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Radio Eye or receiving a radio can call Radio Eye at 859-422-6390 or email info@radioeye.org. Listener applications can also be downloaded at www.listener.radioeye.org.

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