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Radio Eye: 2016 Annual Report

Accomplishments This Year

  • 9,849 listeners across the state
  • 47 new listeners in private homes
  • 836 new listeners in 8 retirement centers and other organizations
  • New Studio Space in Louisville – through a partnership with VIPS
  • Renewed Lexington Public Library space agreement through 2023.
  • New remote reading program for volunteers
  • Two new ways to listen – internet radios and toll-free telephone number
  • Added 5 new on-air programs and changed 2 current programs 

Telephone Broadcast

Another new way to listen is through our toll-free telephone broadcast. All four of our broadcast streams can be heard on the telephone.
The number to call is 800-238-5193.
There’s no long menu to go through. Simply press 1 for the Lexington stream, 2 for Louisville, 3 for Eastern Kentucky, or 4 for Morehead.
The service premiered in March. Listeners used the telephone service for 121.5 hours between March and December.

New Programs and Other Program Changes

Added a fourth broadcast stream for Morehead, and four area newspapers.
New Morehead papers broadcast at noon, with repeats at 5 pm and 1 am the next day. New papers are:
  • Grayson Journal Times – Fridays
  • The Ledger Independent – Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • Licking Valley Courier – Thursdays
  • Morehead News –  Sundays and Wednesdays
Broadcasting on all Radio Eye streams:
Short Story Series: New half hour reading of short fiction and nonfiction stories. Broadcasts every weekday at 9:30 am, with repeats at 7:30 pm and 3:30 am the next day.
Lexington Herald-Leader: Weekday broadcast reduced from an hour and a half to one hour.
Herald-Leader Sports and Courier Journal Sports combined into one program – Sports News. Half hour broadcast every weekday at 9 am, on Saturdays at 9:30 am, and Sundays at 10:30 am. Repeats in the evenings and early mornings each day.

Remote Reading

We now offer an easy way to volunteer at home. With the Audio Memos Standard app for iPhones and Android phones, volunteer readers can get set up to do their readings in their own home, on vacation, or anywhere they happen to be.
The app only costs $1, and the sound quality is very good. Approximately two dozen volunteers are reading for us using the app. 
Radio Eye provided service to 9,849 listeners in Kentucky and Southern Indiana in 2016.
Hospitals, nursing homes,  and other organizations
Telephone – NFB Newline
Telephone – Toll-Free direct line
Sero (formerly iBlink)
New Organizational Listeners
Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, Parkway Rehabilitation-Nursing, Oaklawn Nursing & Rehab Center, Richmond Health and Rehab Center, Magnolia Springs East Senior Living, Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods, Lexington Senior Center, and Magnolia Springs Lexington all gained access to the service for their clients.

Comments from Listeners

“Doing outstanding work – keep it up!" Joyce M.

“I like Radio Eye just the way it is because it covers all the programs that I enjoy.” Ted R.

“I listen to Radio Eye every day and wouldn’t miss it for nothin’!” Jane P.

“I enjoy listening to the Herald-Leader. It makes me feel like I can read the paper, even though I really can’t. But it sort of gives me that feeling.” Mike B.

“I like the way that Radio Eye highlights things. You can listen to that, and you’ll know what’s going on. I like the Louisville news, and I also like the death notices, where they tell you who has passed.” Irene L.

“I wanted to let you know, this wonderful radio has been more than I could have imagined.  Thanks to you I'll be listening to it a lot more than I did before.” Jack S.

“I've been legally blind all my life and appreciate listening and volunteering with Radio Eye. I've had a receiver since 1990.” Philip R.

“Thank you for what you do – everything you do. You help me quite a bit.” Delmar S.

Officers and Board of Directors

Barbara McGroartyCommunity Volunteer - Chair
John Copeland, Blue and Co., LLC - Treasurer
Greg Casey, University of Kentucky - Secretary
D. Robert Deal – JRA Architects
David Hafley – The Thrasher Group
Larry Hurt – Home Helpers and Bluegrass Metal Roofing
Melanie Kilpatrick - Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True
Philip Rose – Community Volunteer
Rob Ruddick – Republic Bank
Kate Savage – Community Volunteer


Expenses: $212,475
Payroll Expenses & Benefits: 61%
Supplies, Postage, and Printing: 9%
Equipment: 8%
Travel and Training: 6%
Fundraising and Appreciation Events: 6%
Dues and Subscriptions 4%
Professional Services: 3%
Insurance: 2%
Miscellaneous: 1%
Revenue: $212,475
Donations from Individuals: $36,347
Donations from Corporations and Foundations: $90,725
Event Income: $9,981
Listener Fees: $575
From Reserve Fund/Investments: $74,847
In-Kind Donations: $214,600 – from volunteers, community partners, and other supporters
In Reserve Fund at Year End: $649,389
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Redheaded lady sitting in a wheelchair, wearing a purple shirt and jeans.

“Being able to click on a button and keep connected to the world is great. I can’t go out that much, but this gives me a way of knowing what is happening around me.”

~Listener Amanda P.

Internet Radios

black radio tiled towards the camera, large volume knob in foreground

For listeners who can’t listen on our traditional radios (because they’re outside of our broadcast area or live in a dead zone), we now offer internet radios. These can connect to wifi or be plugged into a modem. We hand-deliver all internet radios, and place bump dots on them to help listeners find the button they need.
We sent out over 30 of these radios to listeners in private homes and retirement/group homes.

Listener Survey Results

This year, we conducted a survey of 59 listeners.
About the Respondents:
90% were radio listeners, 13% listened on the TV, and 17% listened on the phone, internet, or in the hospital.
Favorite Shows
  1. Lexington Herald-Leader – 58%
  2. Louisville Courier Journal – 37%
  3. Tie between AARP and Half Hour History – 27%
  4. Tie between Community Update, New York Times, and Sports News – 25%
  5. Book Series – 24%
How Listening to Radio Eye Affects Their Lives
  • 98% know more about current events
  • 94% feel less isolated
  • 92% know more about a variety of topics such as technology, disability news, pets, cooking, and business
  • 75% know more about health topics – up from 63%
  • 39% have talked to their doctor about something they heard on Radio Eye health programs
  • 22% attended an event they only heard about through Radio Eye – up from 17%

Where Our Listeners LIve

Central Kentucky 5,130
Greater Louisville Area 3,294
Southeast Kentucky 318
Morehead Area 78
Other areas or unknown (NFB-Newline and smartphone/website listeners) 1,029

Thank you, Lexington Public Library!

control room
The Lexington Public Library has renewed our rental agreement through 2023.
We’ve been broadcasting from our studios in the Northside Branch of the library since 2008.
We are so happy to extend our time at the library. It’s been the perfect home for us the last 8 years!

New Studio in Louisville

Louisville studio
In December 2015, Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) offered us space in their Louisville location to use as a recording studio. After a few months of planning, we were able to open the location for recording in March. Three volunteers currently use the facility to record.
Thank you, VIPS, for giving us a home in Louisville!

Thank you to our Volunteers!

189 volunteers gave 8,104 hours of their time to the program. They volunteered as readers, control board operators, fundraisers, outreach, and office help!

It's a joy to be a part of such a wonderful organization,” says new volunteer Donna Guardino.

A Special Thanks to Our Community Partners!

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Thank you to our Supporters

We would like to thank the following people and organizations for their support this past year: Big Ass Solutions, BLUEgrass Runners, The Carl Family Foundation, The Cralle Foundation, Inc., Rob Deal, Frances Hollis Brain Foundation, Inc., The Gilbert Foundation, The Gheens Foundation, Good Foods Co-Op, Good Samaritan Foundation, A Ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, JRA, Inc., Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation, Kings Daughters and Sons Foundation, Lexington Lions Club, Lexington Medical Society Foundation, Inc., Linda Neville Trust, Jenny Robertson, Second Presbyterian Church, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union, Herald-Leader and dozens of other publishers who donate their publications.