Community Outreach, Events

I Know Expo


On April 27, Radio Eye set up our information table at the 2014 I Know Expo, in the Lexington Convention Center. It was a great opportunity to connect with future listeners and caregivers, and we learned about a few things we thought we should share with our readers.

I Know Expo is the result of Gale Reese’s experience care giving for three members of her family. As founder of ITNBluegrass, she realized a need for collective resource sharing and created (ITNBluegrass is a transportation service for visually impaired adults and people over 60!)

The expo is a once a year event, and exhibitors and speakers present all day, but the resources are available all the time on the I Know website: .

There were some really interesting products on display, and Doug from ZOUNDS of Lexington ( told us about how the hearing aids they offer are rechargeable, meaning someone with visual or fine motor difficulties would not have to worry about dealing with tiny batteries.


Of course, our friends from the Lexington Public Library were there, , and also, the folks from Kentucky Talking Book Library- A library service for people who are visually impaired or physically disabled.

The great thing about I Know is that they work year round to bring information to the Bluegrass community, and if you missed this year’s expo, there are I Know Sunday Sessions on the 4th Sunday of every month, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at The Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky. These sessions are free! The next session is on May 18, 2014, featuring Laura Dake, AARP Volunteer Trainer, presenting : AARP’s Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families

You can find the whole schedule of speakers here:


–Lissa Probus, Volunteer

Community Outreach, Media

Radio Eye in the News

Radio Eye has been featured in the news twice this week!

The Voice-Tribune of Louisville wrote a great article on us called, “Filling the Void.” Thanks to volunteer Missy Ward for interviewing! You can find it by following the link below:

We were also featured on LEX18 yesterday. Thanks to Philip Rose and Carolyn Hackworth for agreeing to be in the segment. You can find the link below:

Community Outreach, Development, Events

Upcoming Events

We have some exciting events this week at Radio Eye!

On Thursday from 5pm – 7pm, we will be having an open house. If you’ve ever wondered how Radio Eye operates, you can come see for yourself. We’ll also talk about volunteer opportunities if you’re interested.

At noon on Thursday, Emily Duncan, UHS Student Health Insurance Coordinator, will be in to record a program about health insurance for our listeners. This special program will air on November 23rd at 2pm.

The Kentucky Council for the Blind (KCB) Conference is this weekend in Louisville. Studio Manager Chelsey VanDyke will attend on Friday from 4pm – 6pm at the Radio Eye booth. Lucy Stone, Assistant Studio Manager, will take over on Saturday morning. Lucy will also stay for some of the classes to learn about new assistive technology!

We are very excited for our upcoming events. We’d like to also remind everyone that the GoodGiving Guide Challenge doesn’t end until December 31st so there is still plenty of time to make a donation to Radio Eye. So far 26 donors have gifted us with $3,530! We also met our matching grant from the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation for $2,500. Thanks to all who have donated!


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



-Lissa Probus, Volunteer

Community Outreach, Events

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,, will be reading the Kentucky Series, a collection of locally published magazines. Renee has a blog on the KET website,, 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 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 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:


ShowImage.aspxVice Mayor Linda Gorton, 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, will be reading the Courier Journal on November 11th.


Woody_Berry___1_profileWoody Berry, Senior Pastor at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, , 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, 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

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 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.


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!”