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Radio Eye: Volunteers

Why do we need volunteers?

Imagine what it would be like if you could no longer read these printed words. Think how it would affect your daily life if you had to live without access to newspapers and magazines - even simple publications like pamphlets from the doctor's office.

Radio Eye is dedicated to enabling individuals with visual or physical disabilities to retain access to the printed word. Every week, we read from more than two dozen publications - and we couldn't do it without our volunteers!

At least 65 volunteers are needed for the production of each week's programming, and we have an ongoing need for volunteers to assist in a number of other ways.

Volunteer Information

What are your volunteer opportunities?

Radio Eye has several different volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. 

  • Volunteer readers read material over the air to our listeners who cannot read for themselves. We are dependent on volunteers for all of our reading. Volunteer readers may commit to a specified program each week or may prefer to be "substitute" readers, reading a different program each week. Anyone wanting to be a reader must take a short audition.
  • Control board operators run our sound board during live programs, making sure all readers and announcements broadcast as scheduled. These volunteers should have some computer experience and technical aptitude but do not need to have broadcasting experience or experience working a sound board. Training is given during the live broadcasts (8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.).  
  • Volunteer office assistants help the staff around the office, make calls, schedule readers, answer the phone and the door, and do other clerical work. 
  • Committee members help out in many different ways - Development committee members help with fund-raising; Expansion committee members help expand our service out to new areas; Outreach committee members present at local groups and staff health fairs and other exhibits; and Marketing committee members help with press releases, social media, and other communications. 

For more details on our volunteer opportunities, contact Stephanie Oghia at (859) 422-6390 or email stephanie.oghia@radioeye.org.


How do I become a volunteer at Radio Eye?

We hold one-on-one volunteer orientations several times a month. Attendance at one orientation is mandatory for anyone wanting to become a volunteer. Orientations usually last for 30 minutes.

If you would like to attend an orientation, please contact Stephanie Oghia at stephanie.oghia@radioeye.org or (859) 422-6390. 


What are your office hours? When can I volunteer?

Radio Eye is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Volunteer readers and office assistants can volunteer anytime during office hours, as long as there is space available. Control board operators are only needed during live broadcasts which are in the morning. Committees typically meet once a month.

We also have limited opportunities for remote readers. If you're interested in reading from home, please let Stephanie know when you talk to her.

Specific times to volunteer are arranged with the staff on an individual basis.


What Do Volunteers Read?

Radio Eye is on the air 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Radio Eye volunteers read the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Louisville Courier-JournalThe New York Times, and a variety of other local newspapers. Volunteers also read sports news, local magazines, books, and health information.

You can read our Program Guide for the full program schedule.


What skills do I need to be a reader?

Recording or broadcasting live for our listeners provides an interesting and rewarding experience. The most important skill a reader can possess is a willingness to improve.

Readings need to be well paced, as many older listeners may have trouble understanding you if you go too fast, and the reading may become boring if you read too slow. Readers should also be able to read accurately and clearly, so listeners can understand exactly what is being said. Volunteer readers should be able to read articles as if they wrote them - even if they disagree with the information being presented. Readers should not ad-lib, editorialize, or convey their own opinion about the material being read in any way.


Where are you located?

Radio Eye studios are located in the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library at 1733 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505. 

Louisville volunteers can also read at VIPS.


For more information:

For more information, you can call our studios at (859) 422-6390 or email us at info@radioeye.org.

You may also write us at 1733 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505. If you are interested in becoming a listener (or know someone who might be qualified), you can learn more about that on our Listener Page, where you can also download a listener application.


Parking


The Lexington studio is housed in the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library, and parking is at the rear of the library. Look for the sign that says "CKRE Parking."

Contact Information

Emailinfo@radioeye.org

Lexington

Address: 1733 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505

Phone: 859-422-6390

Hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Saturday: 7:45 am - 9:30 am

Sunday: 8:45 am - 10:30 am

We are located in the back of the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library.

Louisville

Address: 1906 Goldsmith Lane, Family Library of Visually-Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY 40218

Phone: 502-632-4306

Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 am - 2:30 pm

Please call Sara at the Louisville number or email sara.woosley@radioeye.org

Volunteers In Action

Man with white hair reading a newspaper into a microphone

Volunteer Fred Copeland reading Corbin's Times Tribune to Eastern Kentucky Listeners.

Volunteers in Action

man with gray hair, glasses, and mustache smile at camera. Sound board and live readers in background.

Volunteer John Campbell tries his hand at learning the control board.