Radio Eye, Inc. is a volunteer-based Radio Reading Service in Lexington, Kentucky. It has been in continuous operation since it was founded in 1990 by Dr. Alfred Crabb. Radio Eye broadcasts live and recorded readings of newspapers and other printed material to people who are blind, visually impaired, or physically handicapped, or those with reading problems due to the natural aging process, surgery, or injury.
The service is provided free of charge, and the closed-circuit radio broadcast can be heard 24 hours a day, every day throughout the year. Listeners tune in on a Sub-Carrier Authorization (SCA) radio, which is loaned to eligible individuals free of charge. Check out the broadcast availability box on the left side of the page, to see if radio service is available in your county.
Each day, Radio Eye airs locally produced programming in which volunteers read state, regional and national newspapers including the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Courier-Journal of Louisville. Listeners can also hear locally produced programming of readings from a variety of magazines and health periodicals. Check out our program guide page for a full listing of our programs.
Live Internet Stream & Podcasts
Radio Eye provides its 24 hour a day broadcast on our home page.
Several of our programs are available on pre-recorded podcasts on our podcast page.
Radio Eye also broadcasts on sub-carrier authorization (SCA) frequencies of WUKY, WEKU, Louisville Public Media, and Morehead State Public Radio. The closed circuit broadcast serves an audience of 9,700 listeners.
Eligible listeners hear the 24 hour radio broadcast free of charge on special in-home, pre-tuned radios which are loaned to them free of charge for as long as they need or want the service. However, Radio Eye is a non-profit organization, and we request a small, one-time $25 user fee to help offset our costs. (The fee may be waived if this presents a problem for eligible listeners.)
We also provide internet radios to listeners who cannot listen on our SCA radios (because they live outside of our radio range, live in an area with spotty reception, etc.), who have internet in their homes. The radios are also available to organizations who serve people who are blind or print-disabled.
Subscribers of NFB-Newsline can hear Radio Eye's full programming by calling their NFB-Newsline, and choosing #1 under state newspapers. The broadcast cannot be heard using the toll-free number.
Anyone who cannot read conventional newsprint is eligible for the service. Call 866-504-7300 or go to http://www.nfb.org/newsline-how-sign to sign up.
Toll Free Telephone Broadcast
All four broadcasts are available 24/7 by calling 800-238-5193.
Radio Eye's 24-hour radio broadcast can also be heard around the clock, seven days a week, at all patients' bedsides in the following hospitals on their in-house TV system:
Patients can also ask to listen to Radio Eye via radio in their room at Georgetown Community Hospital, Baptist Health Richmond, St. Joseph, St. Joseph East, and St. Joseph Mt. Sterling.
Every day of the week, Radio Eye's broadcast of the Lexington Herald-Leader is carried live on the Lexington Public Library channel on Time Warner Cable on channel 97.
Frankfort Cable also broadcasts the full 24-hour program on channel 2.
Radio Eye's TV broadcast is provided for the benefit of anyone blind, visually impaired or physically handicapped (including anyone with reading impairments such as dyslexia, foreign language, illiteracy, etc.) in Fayette, Jessamine, and Franklin counties, and is freely available to subscribers of Lexington Time Warner Cable or Frankfort Cable.
We can now also be heard on your smart phone or tablet anywhere you get 3G, 4G or WiFi, with the Sero, ooTunes, and Tune In apps. In addition to phones and tablets, ooTunes can also be heard on Victor Readers.