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Radio Eye: 2015 Annual Report

Accomplishments This Year

Accomplishments this year:

  • 9,771 listeners across the state
  • 58 new radio listeners
  • Expanded radio service to Morehead
  • 1 new hospital
  • Added 7 new on-air programs and took away 4 old programs
  • 25th Anniversary Event – Night for Sight
  • Hosted the annual conference for IAAIS
  • Remote reading for snow days

Night for Sight

In November, in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we held Night for Sight, a casino-style event featuring games likes craps, poker, roulette, and blackjack.

Attendee Kevin Philips said, “I would like to congratulate you on the great job you all did on the planning and execution of the Casino Night.  It was clear to me sifting through the crowd that people were really enjoying the evening.”

Another attendee said, “My family and I would like to thank you for the wonderful night we had at Night for Sight. My son and husband planned to come for a few minutes then go have dinner but we were drawn in by the food, company, and of course, the craps table!! You all put so much into this adventure and it showed. I hope it was a huge success. Again, thank you for all your hard work.”

Pictures of the event can be found on our Facebook page

Representative Susan Westrom reading during Celebrity Reader Week!

Blonde woman smiling at the camera, in front of a microphone. She's holding an open magazine. Recording computer and other broadcast equipment in the backgroundI am amazed at Radio Eye. Obviously, they are doing something right, and as a result of that, people are understanding how important it is to keep Radio Eye funded so people who benefit from this will be able to rely on their services.” Representative Westrom.

Snow Day Recordings

Microphone in the foreground, pointing to a computer with Goldwave open. Household goods in the background.

Radio Eye had to close the studios for 5 days in 2015 because of the weather – but even when 14 inches of snow falls on Lexington, we still put on a full broadcast.

Each staff member has broadcast equipment at home that we use to record the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Courier Journal, sports readings, and regional papers.

Lucy programs the recordings into the broadcast computer remotely, and takes home her programming materials to make sure pre-recorded material (such as the ever-popular Book Series) goes out as scheduled. 

Listener Survey Results

This year, we conducted a survey of 78 listeners, with a 12% return rate.

About the Respondents:

82% were radio listeners and 15% listened on the TV. 5% were veterans. 47% had access to the internet.

Favorite Shows

  1. Lexington Herald-Leader – 49%
  2. Tie between Book Series and Grocery Show – 24%
  3. Louisville Courier Journal – 23%
  4. Community Update – 19%
  5. Tie between Disability News, Half-Hour History, Health Corner, Magazine Rack, and Sports News – 16%

When They Listen

  1. 8am – noon: 62%
  2. Noon – 4pm: 24%
  3. 8pm – midnight: 22%
  4. 4pm – 8pm: 19%
  5. Various/different times: 14%
  6. Overnight – 5%

How Listening to Radio Eye Affects Their Lives

  • 93% feel less isolated
  • 89% know more about current events
  • 17% attended an event they only heard about through Radio Eye
  • 63% know more about health topics
  • 30% have talked to their doctor about something they heard on Radio Eye health programs
  • 81% know more about a variety of topics such as technology, disability news, pets, cooking, and business.

A Special Thanks to Our Community Partners!

Lexington Public Library Logo

WUKY Logo

WEKU Logo

Morehead State Public Radio logo

Louisville Public Media logo

2014 Officers and Board of Directors

Officers

Barbara McGroarty Chair; Community Activist

John Copeland - Treasurer; CPA, Blue and Co., LLC

Greg Casey – Secretary; University of Kentucky

Directors

Linda Allen - Lexington Lions Club

D. Robert Deal – JRA Architects

David Hafley – Parsons Brinkerhoff  

Melanie Kilpatrick - Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True  

Philip Rose – Community Volunteer

Rob Ruddick – Republic Bank

Kate Savage – Community Volunteer                         

New Partnership

Morehead Expansion

Two men standing together, looking at the camera. Man on the left has brown hair and blue jacket. Man on the right has greying blond hair and navy jacket. Office furniture in the background

Thanks to a new partnership with Morehead State Public Radio, we now broadcast by radio in Morehead.

With our expansion, we can now serve Rowan, Fleming, Lewis, Carter, Elliott, Morgan, Menifee, and Bath counties.

Special thanks go to Paul Hitchcock and Doug Collins (pictured above). 

How They Listen

Radio Eye provided service to 9,771 listeners in Kentucky and Southern Indiana in 2015.

Radio

549

TV

1237

Hospitals, nursing homes,  and other organizations

6023

Telephone

1900

iBlink

Unknown

Website

62

New Hospital

St. Claire Regional Medical Center joined us this year, to bring our programming to their 70 patients in their rooms.

Comments from Listeners and Their Families

"Thank you all for being there for me.  Just keep up the good work, you all have a lot of listeners out there.  I tell ya, I couldn't do this without you." Martha W.

"I'm just glad that Radio Eye is on.  It's a great service, the people are wonderful, and I hope it sticks around. I listen every time I get a chance." Jack S.

“You should be congratulated for performing a monumental task. When several radio reading services have died, you have not only kept Radio Eye going, but made it stronger than ever. I listened to you on the radio for years. I recently bought a new Victor Reader Stream, and one of my favorites is the Louisville stream of Radio Eye. The clarity can't be beat.” Rick R.

“Thank you for allowing my husband to use your radio. You are providing a wonderful service.” Mrs. Franklin J.

“My husband Jack is blind himself, and we appreciate all you do.” Michelle S

“You did a really great job with 2015 I don’t know what to do without you.” Joyce M.

“My husband had glaucoma and dementia (Alzheimers). Thank you for your part in making his life more valuable until his passing in October. God bless you all.” Ruth R. 

IAAIS Conference

Fifty attendees from reading services all across the USA and Canada came to Lexington in May to attend the annual conference of the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS). This was our first time hosting the conference.

One attendee said: “Congratulations on a wonderful conference! You and Radio Eye were wonderful hosts, the tour of Radio Eye was great, the workshops were especially good, and the speakers at lunch were really interesting.  The people who attended were smart, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. What else could we ask for? You all worked hard and it paid off.”

New Programs & Other Program Changes

 

Louisville Magazine: A weekly half-hour reading of the magazine was added to the Louisville stream. It broadcasts at noon on Sundays.

VIP Yoga: An hour long yoga program, designed for people with visual impairments. It broadcasts at 7 PM on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

Men’s Hour: An hour long program produced by Mind’s Eye of St. Louis, featuring men’s magazines such as Men's Health, Men's Journal, Esquire. It broadcasts on Sundays at 3 PM.

Eastern Kentucky Grocery Show: A half hour reading of ads from IGA, Food City, and Save-A-Lot. It broadcasts on Wednesdays at 3 PM in Eastern Kentucky and Morehead.

Eyes on Success: Each week, Nancy and Pete Torpey share their life experiences and information they’ve gathered over the years living with vision loss – from the everyday to the high tech. Produced by WXXI Reachout Radio, and broadcast on Sundays at 12:30 PM.

Monthly programs: A half hour reading of Careers and the DisABLED broadcasts the second Saturday of the month at 2:30 PM. Western Short Stories broadcasts the fourth Saturday at 2 PM.

Other changes: Job Talk and Keystrokes were removed from the schedule. Lee and Powell County News was added to EKY Grab Bag. BCB Bulletin was removed as its own program and added to Disability News

Thank You to Our Supporters

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support this past year: AT&T, BLUEgrass Runners, The Carl Family Foundation, Downtown Lexington, Inc., E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund, Good Samaritan Foundation, a Ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Group Six, Inc, The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation, Kroger, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Lexington Lions Club, Lexington Clinic Foundation, Lexington Medical Society Foundation, Linda Neville Trust, Rotary Club of Lexington, Saint Joseph Hospital, Second Presbyterian Church, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; and the Lexington Herald-Leader and dozens of other publishers who donate their publications.

Funding

Expenses: $167,268‚Äč

Payroll Expenses & Benefits, 63%; Supplies, Postage, and Printing, 9%; Equipment, 6%; Events, 5%; Travel & Training, 5%; Professional Services, 4%; Dues & Memberships, 2%; Insurance, 2%; Miscellaneous, 1%; Streaming Fees, 1%

Revenue: $130,537

Donations from Individuals: $41,584

Donations from Corporations and Foundations: $82,486

Event Income: $3,684

Investment Income: $2,783

From Reserve Fund: $36,731

In-Kind Donations: $211,600 – from volunteers, community partners, and other supporters

About

Radio Eye is a radio reading service for those who are unable to access the printed word. We broadcast the reading of current newspapers, magazines, books, grocery ads, and much more, offering greater independent living to people who are blind, visually impaired, or physically handicapped.

Address

1733 Russell Cave Road

Lexington, KY 40505

For general inquiries:

859-422-6390

info@radioeye.org

Staff:

Amy Hatter, Executive Director

Lucy Stone, Studio Manager

Megan Hensley, Assistant Studio Manager 

 

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