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 lucy.stone@radioeye.org or call 859-422-6390.

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Community Outreach, Expansion, Marketing

Name Change Press Release

Radio Eye, Inc

“Your Eye on the Written World”

1733 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40505

Telephone: 859-422-6390   ~  Website: http://www.RadioEye.org

LEXINGTON, KY  —  Radio Eye, Kentucky’s only radio reading service, recently changed their name in order to better address the ever growing coverage area that they broadcast their service to.

“We need to get the message out that we aren’t just in Central Kentucky anymore,” said Lucy Stone, Assistant Studio Manager. “We now have signals that cover South Eastern as well as parts of Eastern Kentucky. Our listener base is growing and we’re happy to reach out in ways that we couldn’t before. By dropping the Central Kentucky, we include all of our listeners and volunteers in what we’re doing.”

The decision came following the completion of Radio Eye’s merger with WEKU, which allows the signal to be broadcasted throughout the mountain. “In partnering with WEKU, we should be able to reach an additional 17,000 listeners,” Stone said. “We could be helping 17,000 people who may not have the ‘word’ at their fingertips but they will certainly have the word at their earlobes!

In addition to current newspapers, magazines, and other printed material, Radio Eye will broadcast different regional papers in the Eastern Kentucky area.

The name change takes place immediately. The new program guides will be printed with the name Radio Eye when they are sent out later this month. Changes to social media include changing the name and handle on Facebook and Twitter.

The streams for all programs can be heard at http://www.radioeye.org and on the iBlink Radio smartphone app.

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Community Outreach, Events, Expansion

Kentucky Council for the Blind Conference

by Lucy Stone.

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I consider myself a little bit of a go-getter. That’s why when it came time to send people to the Kentucky Council of the Blind conference in Louisville this past weekend, I happily volunteered. It is no secret that I fell in love with my job on the first day. Our volunteers are the sweetest people and I knew that our listeners had to be as well. I thought it would be beyond difficult to wake up at 5:30 so that I could leave in time to get to the conference in order to set up a little before 8am, but I was wrong. As soon as my alarm went off I was filled with excitement because I KNEW that it was going to be a great day! I was right.  It was so amazing to get to meet some of the people we help on a daily basis. It seemed that everyone who came by our booth already had our radio and were more than pleased with their service. It was really cool to see how excited people got when we mentioned we were moving into Eastern Kentucky. I passed out several applications to potential Eastern Kentucky listeners and they were all so happy to have another service cater to helping them.

The booth Radio Eye had was situated between the “See the World” booth and a jewelry stand. I had the pleasant opportunity to chat with the folks at the “See the World” booth and they gave me some rookie knowledge. A very nice lady told me that they carry all of our information and that most people who come in don’t even know about our type of program. We are working very hard to change that! What I found most interesting about their booth was the huge variety of things that they had. From talking bibles, to talking alarm clocks, Braille watches, and even Braille Uno cards, they had it all! The lady said that the increase in technology has just opened up a new world for the blind and visually impaired. I was blown away. I loved having the chance to talk to various people and see how they each, uniquely, used different devices. The hardest part for me, of course, was being around all the dogs and not reaching out to pet them. It was pretty cool to watch the animals see for the person. They knew all the right moments to do all the right things. They were all so well behaved. I did learn, however, that Wildman was known to steal something yummy right off the table from time to time. With that knowledge I moved our candy bowl a little farther from the edge of the table.

Overall, I am so happy that I got the opportunity to attend such an informational conference. Several times Radio Eye was mentioned and I had such a sense of pride and happiness whenever people clapped or said something positive about all the work we’re doing. During lunch I chatted with a couple who are very familiar with Radio Eye and their enthusiasm for our program just made me want to work harder to share that positivity with others. I love our listeners. I love our volunteers. I love our program. And, I love my job.

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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 (https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyRetiredTeachersAssociation?hc_location=stream). 

“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 radioeye.org 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 radioeye.org or the FB page of Central Kentucky Radio Eye for more!”

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