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Radio Eye: Listeners

Listener Information

Who are we?

Radio Eye, Inc. is a 24 hour radio reading service - broadcasting seven days a week, every day of the year. It is managed and operated by a small staff and a large corps of volunteers. Our mission is to read newspapers, magazines and other every day literature, including health periodicals, to those eligible people who are unable to read or access the printed word.

Who is eligible to receive our service?

  • Anyone blind or legally blind
  • Anyone who is visually impaired
  • People with physical disabilities
  • Elderly individuals who are unable to read because of the aging process
  • Anyone with a condition that makes reading impossible or difficult
  • People in hospitals or nursing homes
  • And others, depending on their circumstance

What can you hear on Radio Eye?

Radio Eye airs a locally produced broadcast in which volunteers read state, regional and local newspapers, including the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Louisville Courier-Journal. Lexington and Kentucky Obituaries are read each day at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. Sundays) during the Herald-Leader and at 11:30 a.m. during the Courier-Journal

We also provide a half hour program of sports news from the papers each day, complete with the "On Air" game schedule.

Every weekday morning you can hear the Health Corner, in which Radio Eye volunteers read health newsletters and health periodicals from such reliable sources as Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Harvard Health, etc. Weekday mornings we also broadcast our Kentucky Series, providing readings from local magazines such as The Kentucky Explorer and The Lane Report and other Kentucky literature of interest to our listeners.

Full Details of our 24 hour broadcasting schedule can be found in the Radio Eye Program Guide.

How can you hear us?

Radio Eye broadcasts on a closed-circuit frequency. The most popular way to hear our 24 hour radio broadcast is on a special pre-tuned radio, which we loan to eligible listeners for as long as they need or want our service. The broadcast is not available on regular AM or FM radio.

Our service and the radio is free of charge. (Radio Eye requests a one time $25 user fee to help offset operation costs. Radio Eye may waive the fee in cases of hardship, and anyone unable to pay the fee is still eligible to apply for a Radio Eye radio.) 

The service is also available on the Home Page of this website and in many other ways. For a full listing of ways to listen and counties we serve by radio, see the About page.

How do you apply for a Radio Eye radio?

Listeners who would like to receive our 24 hour radio service are required to complete an application form which needs to be signed by a physician, social worker, librarian or other professional who knows the applicant's disability.

A copy of the application may be downloaded and printed from this site by clicking the link in the box at the top of this page. In addition, you may request an application by calling Radio Eye at (859) 422-6390.

The listener application should be mailed to Radio Eye, 1733 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505.

Where can I find other websites that have information about assistance with sight and reading issues?

The Blind Services Coalition of Kentucky has many members who can help. 

Other resources are: 

Contact Information


Address: 1733 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505

Phone: 859-422-6390 or 800-238-5193 ext. 5


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.


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 the Louisville number or email

Eastern Kentucky

Phone: 606-233-1330