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, 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, 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!”

Community Outreach, Volunteers

Outreach Committee Update

Radio Eye’s Outreach Committee has had another busy month complete with speaking engagements, community fairs, and hospital and nursing home calls.

In early May committee members Maria Fitzpatrick and Marlene James set up an informational table at a senior fair held at the Lexington Senior Center.  Many people stopped by the booth to pick up CKRE brochures and applications, as well as to inquire about volunteer opportunities.  In June, Karen Casey and Lissa Probus will be working Lexington’s Senior Volunteer Recruitment Fair, part of local government’s Annual Senior Intern Program.

As listenership continues to grow beyond central Kentucky, Outreach will soon be advertising in local papers for committee volunteers in the Louisville area—having Radio Eye representatives in other cities will greatly help the committee’s mission of educating the public on its services.

Finally, Outreach is in the process of contacting local and regional eye doctors, with hopes of making Radio Eye materials available in a variety of offices and waiting rooms.  The committee anticipates no shortage of events this summer and fall—do you have the time and inclination to give to this dedicated group?  Please call (859)422-6390 or email to learn how you can get involved!

–Lindsay Harrell, Outreach Member