RADIO EYE INC.

Your Eye on the Written World

Lexington, KY

Mission

Radio Eye broadcasts the reading of current news, public service and general interest programming to people who are blind and print-disabled, with the vision of producing quality programming designed to help our listening audience lead enriched, productive, and independent lives.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Amy Hatter

Main address

1733 Russell Cave Road

Lexington, KY 40505 USA

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Formerly known as

CKRE

Central Kentucky Radio Eye

EIN

61-1148801

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Radio (A34)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are approximately 160,000 people in Kentucky with a visual impairment (American Community Survey and DisabilityStatistics.org) and many more with other print reading disabilities. Lack of access to information is a huge problem facing the visually impaired community. Only 10% can read braille (Kentucky School for the Blind) and many do not have access to assistive technology. Seventy-one percent of our listeners are low income and 45% do not even have access to the internet. 70% of all websites are not fully accessible, according to a study conducted by Nucleus (https://accessibility.deque.com/nucleus-accessibility-research-2019). Many of our listeners use Radio Eye to keep them company, in addition to a way to receive news and information. For people aging in place, social isolation can be a hardship, especially if they live alone. Last year, 94% of the listeners who said their disability made them feel isolated also said Radio Eye helped.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

24-hour-a-day Radio Reading Program

Broadcasting throughout Kentucky, Radio Eye provides its listeners with free listening devices on which they may hear the free 24-hour program schedule including the reading of of newspapers, magazines and other current literature. Emphasis is placed on state, regional and local publications. Radio Eye can be heard in private homes via special radio receivers, telephone, online at www.radioeye.org, in several group homes and hospitals, on cable TV in Frankfort, on the Sero, Tune-In, and ooTunes apps, and now on Amazon Echo devices. Many programs are also available on-demand as podcasts on Amazon Echo devices, Apple Podcasts, and other podcast distributors.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2014

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Radio Eye's main goal is to increase our listeners' ability to lead full and productive lives, through access to date-sensitive printed information and other programming designed to offer greater independent living and improve health and well-being. We plan to reach out to more listeners in private homes, hospitals, and nursing/group homes; to alter local and regional programs on an annual basis based on our listeners’ wants and needs; and to seek other partnership opportunities. We evaluate the service with our annual listener survey, as well as through other contact with listeners.

As a result of Radio Eye, Kentucky’s blind and disabled population will have:
• Increased knowledge of current events on a local, state, and national level, including information about their elected representatives and political candidates up for election
• Decreased feeling of isolation, increased social interaction, and increased happiness
• Increased health literacy, and greater knowledge to self-advocate in health matters

Our target outcomes for 2020 are:
• 90% feel less isolated
• 65% know more about health topics affecting their community
• 50% able to talk to family and friends about topics on programming
• 20% talk to their doctor
• 15% attend an event they heard about on Radio Eye
• Keep our 24 hour broadcast on the air and podcasts available in the midst of physical office closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To increase our listeners’ access to printed news and information, we produce 70 programs each week of information targeted to their needs and desires. Over 200 volunteers help with program production by reading printed material on-air and running our soundboard during live readings.

We broadcast our program 24/7 in a variety of media (including radio, telephone, smartphone app, Amazon Echo Alexa Skills, etc.) in order to reach the most listeners, regardless of technological ability. We keep abreast of trends in the radio reading industry and the blind/visually impaired population, through our memberships in the International Association of Audio Information Services and the Blind Services Coalition of Kentucky, and use those trends to inform our decision making.

In order to reach the highest number of blind and print-disabled listeners possible, we go to dozens of outreach events each year targeted to our demographic, and partner with many ophthalmologists and blindness professionals for referrals. The majority of our new listeners each year come from these referrals.

To ensure our listeners have increased knowledge of current events, we read dozens of programs each week, including 31 newspapers, 2 national news magazines, 3 consumer information programs, and 5 community news programs. To ensure greater health literacy, we read 9 health and disability programs. To ensure greater knowledge in general, we read 20 other programs with a variety of topics, including science and technology, fiction and non-fiction books, history, women’s issues, spirituality, and music. Through the familiar voices of our volunteer readers, we offer our listeners a unique form of companionship during long, lonely periods of their day and night, lessening feelings of isolation. Every year, we survey our listeners to make sure that our programming is effective, and update as needed based on the results.

Financials

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RADIO EYE INC.

Board of directors
as of 3/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Hafley

The Thrasher Group

Term: 2018 - 2021

John Copeland

CPA at Blue and Co.

Melanie Kilpatrick

Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True (Attorney at Law)

Philip Rose

Community Volunteer

Rob Deal

JRA Architects

David Hafley

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Alice Dehner

Community Volunteer

Chris Clements

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP

Kyle Wicker

Republic Bank

Rick Roderick

Retired

Laura Mitchell

Simpson Optical