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.

Community Outreach, Events, Volunteers

Volunteer Appreciation Event by Volunteer Lissa Probus

This was a very special year for the Volunteer Appreciation Event!

We were welcomed to the activity room at Morning Pointe, which is an active senior community on the eastern edge of Lexington. Several months ago, I delivered a console radio to Morning Point for this very room, and it was great to see it there on the counter.

The pretty weather and pleasant location seemed to bring more of us together than last year, and it was very nice to see people talking and enjoying company.


There was a delicious fresh salad with fantastic balsamic dressing, excellent wrap sandwiches and while we (my son and I) had brownies, I believe that there was a buzz about pecan bars. Mtani Catering did a wonderful job and people really seemed to enjoy the food. As Chef James Baker says on the Mtani website, Mtani = Friendship. We could definitely taste that in the food they made for us.


I enjoyed meeting other volunteers I have only seen on the way in and out of the studio, and it was a good time also to share what we do with each other and our guests.


This year was special for me, because I was recognized as volunteer of the year.


I have to be honest, I asked Chelsey to look for a runner up, because I can’t find the time to do everything I want for Radio Eye, and now that I am homeschooling full time with my son, I am missing the committee meetings more and more and am really limited in what I can do during business hours. I believe the readers do the most valuable work for Radio Eye, and I still haven’t found the courage to go on mic!

Top 10 Volunteers

1. Lissa Probus

2. Deb Shoss

3. Blanca Ward

4. Sondra Morgan

5. Don Sands

6. Roger Paige

7. Richard Lucas

8. Inam Shalati

9. Judy Clemons

10. Bill Murphy


That said, if you are considering joining the outreach committee, I want to say it’s a wonderful group of people and it always gives me a great sense of pride and satisfaction when I am able to share the mission of our organization with someone new at an event. If you think you might be interested, feel free to get in touch with Chelsey (chelsey.vandyke@radioeye.org) about joining or if you like, she can put you in touch with me and I can tell you a little bit about what we have done in the last year as volunteers in our efforts to reach the public and new listeners. We have a couple of members who have been long time ambassadors for Radio Eye who are away this summer, so it’s a great time to step up!

Here are Lucy and Chelsey with Don, our newest Outreach Committee member:


In the end, I have to say that I am really grateful for the opportunity to volunteer for Radio Eye. People volunteer for all sorts of reasons, and while I have led an all volunteer organization in the past during my extended stay at college, I have found few organizations in Lexington where volunteers were so central to the work as ours. Our tiny staff at Radio Eye does an excellent job of facilitating the work of the volunteers who read and keep the technology going, but the work of bringing the daily print media to our listeners is a gift of volunteers. We can do so much if we work together and in that we learn, make friends, get to give back in ways we couldn’t otherwise and create good in our region that makes it a more connected, vibrant place to live.

So- Radio Eye volunteers past and future, I appreciate you for doing everything you do!

Lissa Probus, Outreach Committee Volunteer


Community Outreach, Volunteers

Outreach at UK

On November 4th, two of Radio Eye’s outreach members attended the volunteer fair at the University of Kentucky Stuckert Career Center. This was smaller than some of the other volunteer fairs we have visited, but it was busy. UK students were excited to hear about what we do, and many came bearing resumes. Props to the Stuckert Center for making us feel welcome and running a smooth event!


Outreach volunteer Melanie Ladd


Radio Eye depends heavily on volunteers, with 70 – 80 a week coming in to record or read live. We do orientations for new volunteers twice a month, all year long. Find the dates here: Volunteer Orientation Dates.

We need readers to take permanent programs and also fill in during the week when regular readers can’t make it in to read their assigned program.

Radio Eye also has five volunteer committees that do work related to Outreach, Expansion, Development, Marketing, and Newsletters. We need volunteers on all of them.


We also depend on interns to assist our small staff in keeping Radio Eye operating smoothly. Watch our website for new offerings. Currently we seek a Development/Social Media Coordinator.


If you think you might be interested in volunteering – or applying for our internship opportunities, we would love to talk to you. You can call the station at 859-422-6390 or email chelsey.vandyke@radioeye.org.



-Lissa Probus, Volunteer

Community Outreach, Volunteers

Radio Eye Delivers!

One of the things I got to do for Radio Eye last month was deliver radios. We do this, if it’s possible, within Lexington. I had three, one for a gentleman on the north side of town, and two for a nursing home.

When my grandfather lost his vision, not being able to read the paper was a huge deal for him. One of the very few positive things I remember hearing about his experience was that he could listen to the paper on a special radio. When I delivered these radios, he was on my mind.

The house was neat and there was a flag out front. My young son and I talked about being polite and standing still at the door, then we climbed out. We walked to the door, holding hands, and I let him ring the bell. “Just once!” Our new listener knew we were coming, but I was concerned that our visit might still be an interruption… what if coming to the door was difficult? We waited…

A man came to the door, and smiled. I said we were from Radio Eye and I thought he might be expecting us… He was! I introduced us, and handed over a small box with a program guide tucked in. Our listener said he was so glad to have the radio and was looking forward to hearing the paper. I said we were glad to have him, and welcome! All my shyness resolved and it was a happy moment. I explained about the program guide and asked him to call if he had any problems, and to try it in different places to get the best reception. I told him we will call to see if it’s working and if he has any questions later.

The next delivery was to a large facility. These radios were a little bigger and someone helped me carry one in. There was one to pick up, and these would go to the community rooms, where people would get together to hear the Lexington Herald-Leader and other programs. Our helper took us to the Activities Director. She showed us where the community room was and invited us to come volunteer for activities with residents. That sounds like a lot of fun!

It makes us feel really good to reach out to people who can’t see well enough to read the local paper. I know some of our listeners use the Radio Eye radios for companionship (just like me and the 3AM BBC during grad school) and making a visit makes me feel a little more like we are part of their community, which we are, all of us.

Volunteering for Radio Eye has been a fantastic opportunity to expand our awareness of the whole community. Knowing that we read papers from across the Bluegrass has helped me understand Kentucky as diverse and culturally rich in a way that growing up in Lexington didn’t really offer. I know as we expand into Eastern Kentucky, our listeners will hear those papers, too, and share in this understanding.

I think that what we do at Radio Eye is unique and powerful. As people age, we want to make sure they are included, and as we get busier, we need to remember that it only takes a moment to reach out. We invite you to join us in reaching out to the listeners of our Radio Eye community. If you can volunteer, I think you’ll find it a rewarding use of your time. If you want to donate, the Good Giving Guide Challenge is under way: http://www.goodgivingguide.net/radioeye. I invite you to join us if you can, and to listen in at RadioEye.org during the month of November for Radio Reading Service Month.

Lissa Probus, Volunteer

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!”

Community Outreach, Volunteers

Radio Eye Reaches Out For Volunteers

Studio Manager Chelsey VanDyke and Volunteer Lissa Probus staffed a
booth at the Senior Intern Volunteer Fair on Thursday, June 13th, in
the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Building at 200 E. Main
St. The fair was held on the Second Floor Mezzanine, in what used to
be the Lafayette Hotel.

It was so great getting to talk about Radio Eye volunteer
opportunities to some wonderful people, and it was wonderful to see
that so many people already knew about Radio Eye. It was good to share our
services with those who didn’t, which after all, is one of the most
important things we do when we go out to meet the public. Most of the
people we spoke to were very interested in volunteering and Chelsey
hopes to get to speak to all of them soon. Many people attending this
fair were part of the senior intern program, but the public and
employees of LFUCG strolled through after 10 AM. Some of our visitors
were looking for activities for parents in retirement also – and we
would love to welcome them aboard!

If you attended the fair and are looking at this now, the most important
thing to know is that:

Radio Eye’s next orientation is on Friday, June 28th at 1pm.
Anyone interested can call Chelsey at 859-422-6390 or email at

Radio Eye needs volunteers for a variety of things besides reading,
but every hour of our broadcast is read by volunteers in our
community and the vast majority of our volunteer hours go into that

Radio Eye’s Volunteer Opportunities:
Readers for live programming: The Herald-Leader and Courier Journal
Readers for recorded programming: Regional newspapers, magazines, books, and
Committees: Development, Expansion, Outreach, Marketing
Radio Delivery: We prefer our volunteers to deliver radios to new listeners.
You take their new radio, set it up for them, and go over the program guide.

For more information or to sign up for an orientation, call us at 859-422-6390

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