RADIO EYE INC.
1733 Russell Cave Road
Lexington KY 40505
Contact Information
Nonprofit RADIO EYE INC.
Address 1733 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, KY 40505
Phone (859) 422-6390
Contact Name Amy Hatter
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1995
Former Names
CKRE
Central Kentucky Radio Eye
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Besides donating through Goodgiving.net, you can donate on our website at radioeye.org, or mail a check to:

Radio Eye

1733 Russell Cave Road

Lexington, KY 40505

You can also plan to donate and spread the word during our online giving challenges: 

  • KY Gives Day, 24 hour online giving event – April 18, 2017 – www.kygives.org
  • GoodGiving Challenge, multiple week event taking place in November/December

Attend our annual event, A Signal Affair, taking place at the Lyric Theatre on Friday, October 6, 2017.

In-kind donations can be dropped off at our studio at the above address. We are located inside of the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library. Park in the staff parking lot, and ring the bell to be let in. In-kind donations requested include stamps & candy and cough drops for volunteer readers. See our most recent in-kind wish list at www.donor.radioeye.org.

Donating your time is a great way to help Radio Eye. We have several different types of volunteer opportunities, including reading on-air, helping in the office, and speaking at community events. Call our Office Manager at 859-422-6390 or email info@radioeye.org to sign up for a volunteer orientation.

Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement

Radio Eye is a radio reading service for those who are unable to access the printed word. 

Volunteer readers provide listeners with equal access to the reading of current newspapers, magazines, health materials, grocery ads, and much more. Programs are broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to alleviate isolation and improve the quality of life for print-disabled listeners.

Listeners can access the broadcast on special pre-tuned radios, on the Sero and Tune-In apps, on the NFB-Newsline telephone service, on our own toll-free telephone system, and at www.radioeye.org.

Background Statement

Radio Eye, Inc. (formerly Central Kentucky Radio Eye, Inc.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit radio reading service, was founded in 1988 to provide printed daily news, current events, and other vital information to people who are blind, have low vision, or have any disability which makes reading difficult or impossible, including physical and learning disabilities. A staff of five, together with 170 volunteers, produces 67 radio programs each week, turning text into speech using the human voice.

The service began broadcasting in 1990 to listeners in Lexington and Central Kentucky out of studios located on the University of Kentucky campus. Our studios moved to the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library in 2008. Over the years, we have expanded our broadcast areas and methods. We expanded radio service to Louisville in 2010, to Eastern Kentucky in 2014, and to Morehead in 2015. Over the years, we have also begun broadcasting on telephones, smartphones, on cable TV in Lexington and Frankfort, and in nursing homes and hospitals.

Radio Eye is an independent organization, which relies on grants, donations, and in-kind support to operate. The Lexington Public Library and Visually Impaired Preschool Services provide rent and utility free studio and office space. WUKY public radio, Louisville Public Media, WEKU public radio, and Morehead State Public Radio donate Radio Eye’s broadcast frequencies free of charge; the library and Frankfort Plant Board provide our cable TV broadcasts free of charge; over 30 publishers provide gift subscriptions; and volunteers donate over 8,000 hours of their time each year.

In 2016, approximately 9,800 individuals across the state had access to print material because of Radio Eye.

Impact Statement

Radio Eye’s overarching goal is to bring people with print disabilities more independence and a better quality of life through access to information, focusing on locally produced publications.

Our top accomplishments in 2016 were:

1. Providing our service to more than 9,800 listeners across the state, in various broadcast methods.

2. Partnering with Visually Impaired Preschool Services for recording space in Louisville.

3. Hiring a part-time Development Director and a part-time Louisville Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator.

Additionally, according to the results of our listener survey:

  • 94% of our listeners feel less isolated, when using the service
  • 98% know more about current events
  • 22% attended an event they only heard about through Radio Eye
  • 75% know more about health topics
  • 39% have talked to their doctor about something they heard on Radio Eye health programs
  • 92% know more about a variety of topics such as technology, disability news, pets, cooking, and business.

For 2017, our goals are to:

1. Ensure potential listeners outside of our radio range know about alternate ways to listen – especially our new toll-free telephone service and internet radios.

2. Improve programming based on results of 2016 listener survey.

3. Continue to lessen the feeling of isolation among our listeners and increase our listeners’ knowledge of current events, health topics, and other information relevant to their lives.

Needs Statement

Radio Eye is totally independent and self-supporting. The service is primarily run by volunteers, and our overhead is low because we receive much in-kind support, including rent-free facilities thanks to the Lexington Public Library and Visually Impaired Preschool Services, and free radio frequencies thanks to WUKY Public Radio, Louisville Public Radio, Morehead State Public Radio, and WEKU.

Our current needs are:

  • Printing services for our newsletter and program guide.
  • 1 volunteer weekend coordinator to run the control board on Sundays.
  • Volunteers to record regional newspapers. Time needed is approximately 1 hour/week to record 1 half hour program. Volunteer opportunities are currently available in Lexington and Louisville.
  • Volunteers to serve on our outreach committee to help staff exhibit booths and give talks about Radio Eye to local groups. Time needed is approximately 2-3 hours per month, and includes a one hour meeting every 4-6 weeks.
  • Volunteers to serve on our development committee. Duties include helping plan and coordinate smaller fundraising events (such as charity nights at local restaurants) and donor development. Time needed is approximately 2-5 hours per month, and includes a one hour meeting every 4-8 weeks.
  • Twenty new chairs for our Lexington studio so we can replace the ones we currently have that are 10 to 15 years old.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Growing up, I never heard about a service like Radio Eye, or even considered the need for it. No one in my close family was blind or disabled, but most of us were voracious readers, always with a book or newspaper or magazine in our hands. It never occurred to me, at that time, to ask what would happen if a member of my family ever became unable to read.

After eight years of working for Radio Eye, I would never think to question the need for our service, or the benefit it offers to our listeners. I have spoken with countless listeners and their families over the years, who only have good things to say about the service. “Thank you for enhancing my daily dignity of life,” one listener writes, while another says, “Your program and services are a complete blessing to me, and I wholeheartedly thank you,” and a third says, “I tell everyone I know about Radio Eye.”

Three years ago, our service became very personal for me. In May, right after his 80thbirthday, my grandfather became one of our listeners. He’s been steadily losing his vision over the past 13 years, and had finally gotten to where he can no longer see to read the Lexington Herald-Leader. When I was growing up, my grandfather always had a subscription to the newspaper, and would read it after breakfast. It hit him hard when he couldn’t read the paper anymore, because it had always been such a big part of his life.

My grandfather lives in Casey County, which is right on the edge of our Lexington service area. When I went to take him the radio, I was unsure if the radio would pick up, since he lives about 60 miles away from our station. To our great joy, when I turned it on, the signal came through loud and clear. Now he can hear the Herald-Leader, again, as well as all of the other newspapers and magazines he’d lost with his vision.

In the US, cases like my grandfather’s are the norm. Most people who lose their vision do so later in life. Eye diseases like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy tend to affect older adults, and all three diseases are on the rise. Between 2000 and 2012, cases of diabetic retinopathy rose 89%, glaucoma rose 22%, and macular degeneration rose 25%.

Because only 10% of people who have a visual impairment learn to read braille, services like Radio Eye are more important than ever. For 24 years, Radio Eye has been providing blind and print-disabled listeners with a means to greater independent living by giving them access to newspapers, magazines, health information, sales ads, and other literature they are otherwise unable to read.

In the time I’ve been at Radio Eye, dozens of radio reading services across the nation have closed their doors due to state funding cuts and other financial woes. In that same time, Radio Eye has expanded to serve Louisville and Eastern Kentucky and added separate broadcasts to those areas, added telephone and smartphone app broadcasts for our out of area and technologically inclined listeners, and increased our locally produced programming from 18 shows a week to more than 60!

Board Chair Statement
I consider it a privilege to serve Radio Eye these past 10 years as a volunteer reader, Board Member, and also Board Chair. I have been able to be involved and to witness the growth of Radio Eye further out into the state to reach more individuals who want and need our services.

Radio Eye, through the combined efforts of our staff, volunteer, and board, strives to impact the lives of our listeners (who are blind, visually impaired, or physically handicapped, and who come from various educational levels and socioeconomic backgrounds) by bringing quality audio programming that contains information specific to their needs, current news programs, and programs of general interest.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Senior Centers/Services
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Radio
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Franklin County
Garrard County
Henry County
Jefferson County
Jessamine County
Madison County
Montgomery County
Nelson County
Oldham County
Scott County
Shelby County
Spencer County
Trimble County
Woodford County
Anderson County
Bourbon County
Boyle County
Casey County
Clark County
Fayette County
Bullitt County
Lincoln County
Bell County
Clay County
Floyd County
Knox County
Laurel County
Letcher County
Perry County
Rockcastle County
Whitley County
Mercer County
Bath County
Carter County
Elliott County
Fleming County
Lewis County
Menifee County
Morgan County
Rowan County

Radio Eye's service is available via SCA radio in the following counties: 

In Kentucky:

  • Anderson
  • Bath
  • Bourbon
  • Boyle
  • Breathitt
  • Bullitt
  • Carter
  • Casey
  • Clark
  • Clay
  • Elliott
  • Fayette
  • Fleming
  • Franklin
  • Garrard
  • Henry
  • Jefferson
  • Jessamine
  • Lewis
  • Knox
  • Laurel
  • Letcher
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • Meade
  • Meniffee
  • Montgomery
  • Morgan
  • Nelson
  • Oldham
  • Perry
  • Rockcastle
  • Rowan
  • Scott
  • Shelby
  • Trimble
  • Whitley
  • Woodford

In Indiana

  • Clark
  • Floyd
  • Harrison
  • Scott
  • Washington
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Radio Eye's long-term goals are 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 the health and well being of its listeners.


By listening to Radio Eye, our listeners will have (1) increased knowledge of current events, on a local, state, and national level; (2) a greater sense of community, and decreased feeling of isolation; (3) increased health literacy, and greater knowledge to act as advocate for self in health matters; and (4) increased knowledge of general topics such as science and technology, disability news, and women’s issues.

Our long-term plans are 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; to seek others for partnerships; and to further expand radio reading services statewide.

Our goals for 2017 are:

  • 50 new individual listeners
  • 400 new listeners in hospitals and other organizations
  • 240 hour of programming listened to on our toll-free telephone system
  • 100 listener surveys completed
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

To increase our listeners’ access to printed news and information, we produce 66 programs each week of information targeted to their needs and desires. Over 150 volunteers help with program production by reading printed material on-air and running our sound board during live readings. We broadcast our program 24/7 in a variety of media (including radio, telephone, smartphone app, 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 most 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.

Additionally, we are continually searching for more radio partners to expand our reach. Our expansions in the last five years would not have happened without the help of Louisville Public Media, WEKU, and Morehead State Public Radio.

To ensure our listeners have increased knowledge of current events, we read 42 news programs each week, including 30 newspapers, 2 national news magazines, 1 sports program, 3 consumer information programs, and 6 other news programs. To ensure greater health literacy, we read 10 health and disability programs. To ensure greater knowledge in general, we read 14 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.

Board Chair
Board Chair Barbara McGroarty
Company Affiliation none
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Greg Casey University of KentuckyVoting
John Copeland CPA at Blue and Co.Voting
Rob Deal JRA ArchitectsVoting
David Hafley Parsons BrinckerhoffVoting
Larry Hurt Home HelpersVoting
Melanie Kilpatrick Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True (Attorney at Law)Voting
Barbara McGroarty Community ActivistVoting
Philip Rose Community VolunteerVoting
Rob Ruddick Republic BankVoting
Kate Savage Bleu Ribbon CateringVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Marketing
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Institutional Advancement
Finance
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Amy Hatter
Term Start Apr 2011
Email amy.hatter@radioeye.org
Experience
Amy Hatter first started at Radio Eye in August 2008, 3 days before the move to new studios in the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library. She began as the very first AmeriCorp VISTA member, and in her first year at the station, was responsible for coordinating our 100+ volunteers, transferring program recordings to a computer automation system (thus allowing us to broadcast 24 hours of our own local programming, instead of relying on a national affiliate for overnight programming), and coordinating fundraisers and special events.
 
She was hired on as the Studio Manager (at the time, Radio Eye’s only paid staff position) in the fall of 2009. In her year and a half in that position, she worked closely with then-Executive Director Margaret Chase, VISTA members and volunteers to expand our service to the Greater Louisville Area, improve and increase volunteer opportunities to include office volunteers and 4 volunteer committees, and coordinate numerous fundraising activities, including appeal campaigns and grant writing.
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 160
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Margaret Chase Aug 2010 - Apr 2011
Al Crabb Nov 1990 - Aug 2000
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Description

Broadcasting throughout Kentucky, Radio Eye provides its listeners with free radios 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, on two different telephone services, online at www.radioeye.org, in several group homes and hospitals, on cable TV in Frankfort and Lexington, and on the Sero and Tune-In apps.

Budget 219,500
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled, People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short Term Success

In the short term, success will be determined by the number of people who have access to print information through Radio Eye.

There are an estimated 138,000 people with a severe visual impairment in in the state. The number of people who are print impaired is much larger, including those with physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, paralysis, arthritis, and more.

We currently serve approximately 9,800 people in the state, across all of our broadcast methods. By the end of each year, 50 new blind or print impaired individuals will have access to print information in their homes, 400 new people will have access to the program through hospital or other organizations, our telephone programming will have been accessed for 240 hours, and 100 listeners will have completed the listener survey.

Program Long term Success

By using our service, Kentucky's blind and disabled population will have improved quality of life and independence, through access to printed news and information. Success is measured by listener satisfaction determined through an annual survey of listeners. Success will be seen as 85% of respondents reporting decreased feelings of isolation, and 90% reporting more knowledge of current events.

Program Success Monitored By

Feelings of isolation and knowledge of information in our listeners will be tracked using an annual listener survey, with a goal of 100 listeners responding.

The number of new listeners and organizations with service will be tracked via our database. The number of hours accessed via our toll-free telephone system will be tracked on a spreadsheet with data gathered from our system’s monthly reports.

Examples of Program Success

In 2016, 59 listeners completed the listener survey. Of the respondents, 94% reported feeling less isolated by using the service, and 98% reported having more knowledge of local events. The 2017 survey will be completed at the end of December.

Additionally, in 2016, 47 new listeners received service in their homes, and we brought service to 836 new listeners in 8 hospitals, retirement centers, nursing homes, and other organizations. The toll-free telephone service was used for 121.5 hours.

Program Comments
CEO Comments

As the sole radio reading service in Kentucky, Radio Eye is essential to enabling blind and disabled individuals to access newspapers (such as the Lexington Herald-Leader), grocery store ads, health information, and much more. Based on findings by the American Foundation for the Blind and Cornell University, over 138,000 individuals in Kentucky are blind or visually impaired, and therefore eligible for Radio Eye’s service.

According to the Kenosha Literacy Council, “Being literate improves a person’s quality of life and has been shown to be deeply tied to an individual’s self esteem, confidence and personal empowerment.” However, only 10% of blind individuals can read Braille – meaning the only way they can access the same printed material as a sighted person (and be on similar footing in matters such as employment opportunities, community involvement, and financial issues) is for someone else to read to them. Without Radio Eye, this traditionally underserved segment of our society (blind and visually impaired), might wait days or weeks for someone to read for them (Kentucky Office for the Blind).

Radio Eye broadcasts dozens of publications each week, as well as topic based programs - such as Grocery Show (grocery ads), Disability News (information of interest to listeners), Sound Prints (focuses on daily needs for those with disabilities), Community Update (a weekly five minute programming detailing upcoming events), a variety of newspapers and health programming, and much more. This makes it possible for our listeners to keep in touch and be a part of their local communities.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2014
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Organization awarded Recognition for Services to the communityKY House of Representatives2004
Anna Rose Cain AwardKentucky Council of the Blind2011
Radio Reading Service Month in KentuckyGovernor Steve Beshear2010
Radio Reading Service Day in KentuckyGovernor Steve Beshear2009
Radio Reading Service MonthGovernor Steve Beshear2012
Salute to Small Business Nonprofit AwardCommerce Lexington2014
Radio Reading Service MonthGovernor Steve Beshear2014
Radio Reading Service MonthGovernor Steve Beshear2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $219,500.00
Projected Expenses $219,500.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$7,200$12,450$10,500
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$7,200$12,450$10,500
Individual Contributions$119,913$116,540$136,256
------
$600$1,015$750
Investment Income, Net of Losses$27,198--$21,698
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$148,725$122,867$102,662
Administration Expense$8,242$5,222$4,332
Fundraising Expense$8,702$6,722$5,605
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.121.50
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%91%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%5%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$722,126$755,214$722,836
Current Assets$251,040$316,034$319,387
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$4,844$2,759$3,928
Total Net Assets$717,282$752,455$718,908
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments
 
Address 1733 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, KY 40505
Primary Phone 859 422-6390
Contact Email info@radioeye.org
CEO/Executive Director Amy Hatter
Board Chair Barbara McGroarty
Board Chair Company Affiliation none