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Radio Eye: 2017 Annual Report

Major Accomplishments

10,096 total listeners

5 new ways to listen

9,079 volunteer hours

66 programs broadcast every week

9,634 hours of on-air programming

“Radio Eye is like an old friend.” ~Bridgette (pictured with husband Kip)

Listener Survey Results

This year, we conducted a survey of 58 listeners.


Favorite Shows

  1. Lexington Herald-Leader – 67%
  2. Book Series – 33%
  3. Louisville Courier Journal – 29%
  4. Sports News – 26%
  5. Tie between Grocery Show, Health Corner, and New York Times – 22%


How Listening to Radio Eye Affects Their Lives

  • 98% know more about a variety of topics such as technology, disability news, pets, cooking, and business
  • 90% feel less isolated
  • 84% feel that Radio Eye improves their overall health and well-being
  • 83% feel happier since starting to listen to the programming
  • 19% have talked to their doctor about something they heard on Radio Eye health programs
  • 16% attended an event they only heard about through Radio Eye

“[Radio Eye] keeps me in touch with the outside world, and keeps me from feeling alone and fights off depression. It means the world to me.” Danny, listener since 2016

Thank You to our Supporters

We would like to thank the following people and organizations for their support this past year: Anonymous x3, AT&T, William B. Rogers Beasley, BGCF365 Charitable Fund, Big Ass Solutions, BLUEgrass Runners, Ron and Susan Byars, The Carl Family Foundation, John Copeland, Brenda and David Cox, The Cralle Foundation, Inc., Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, Rob Deal, Gary and Alice Dehner, E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund, Mike and Kathy Fister, Good Samaritan Foundation, a Ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Group Six, Inc., David Hafley and Janet Shedd, Muzzy Hemken, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Larry and Sue Hurt, JRA, Inc., Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation, Kroger, Lexington Lions Club, Lexington Medical Society Foundation, Inc., LFUCG Neighborhood Development Funds, Linda Neville, Link-Belt Construction Equipment, Louisville Downtown Lions Club, Leah Mensah, Caroline Montgomery, William Offutt, IV, MD, Dennis Pearce, Republic Bank, Jenny Robertson and Ben Gaffaney, Bob Rogers, Fon & Mac Rogers, II, Philip G. Rose, The Rotary Club of Lexington, Don Sands, Second Presbyterian Church, Deb Shoss, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union, Jewel Vanderhoef, Mary Volz, Lexington Herald-Leader, and dozens of other publishers who donate their publications.

A Special Thanks to Our Community Partners!

Lexington Public Library




Morehead State Public Radio




Louisville Public Media


“Radio Eye is really great. Whenever I turn it on, there’s always something interesting.” Marilyn

5 new ways to listen

Podcasts/On Demand Listeningat

Tune In Radio – free app and website

OoTunes – paid app

Victor Reader – using OoTunes

Amazon Echo – using Tune In Radio app. Live stream and podcasts available

2 new programs

Henry County Localhalf-hour weekly reading of the newspaper

Spanish Language Programming – through a partnership with Lexington Community Radio, a half-hour weekly reading of La Voz

Listeners by Broadcast Type

Radio: 438

TV: 1,236

Hospital and other organizations: 6,101

NFB-Newsline: 2,063

Toll-free number: 100

Website: 89

Podcast Downloads: 69

Total: 10,096

Louisville Studio

  • Hired part-time staff person
  • 7 on-site volunteers
  • 3 remote readers


Expenses: $245,802

Payroll Expenses & Benefits: 63%

Supplies, Postage, and Printing: 8%

Equipment: 5%

Travel and Training: 7%

Fundraising and Appreciation Events: 5%

Dues and Subscriptions 5%

Professional Services: 4%

Insurance: 2%

Miscellaneous: 2%


Revenue: $245,802

Donations from Individuals: 24%

Donations from Corporations and Foundations: 42%

Event Income: 6%

From Reserve Fund/Investments: 28%


In-Kind Donations: $207,100 – from volunteers, community partners, and other supporters

In Reserve Fund at Year End: $571,597

Officers and Board of Directors

David Hafley – Chair                     

The Thrasher Group


John Copeland - Treasurer

Blue and Co., LLC

Greg Casey – Secretary

University of Kentucky

D. Robert Deal – JRA Architects

Alice Dehner – Community Volunteer

Larry Hurt – Home Helpers and Bluegrass Metal Roofing

Melanie Kilpatrick - Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True

Leah Mensah – Community Volunteer

Philip Rose – Community Volunteer    

Rob Ruddick – Republic Bank

Contact Information


1733 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505

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


1906 Goldsmith Lane, Family Library of VIPS, Louisville, KY 40218



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