From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:
“June is bustin’ out all over” as the Richard Rodgers song goes. These glorious days have certainly been worth waiting for as we all reacclimate to a new, hopefully post-pandemic world and a more normal fun-filled summer ahead.
If you see a new face around our studios, that is Diane Dray, our new Programming Assistant, who will be performing many roles. She comes to us from KNX in Los Angeles. She grew up in Deerfield and is back “home” to help with caregiving for her parents. An experienced journalist, we are so lucky that she has joined our team and that she is so excited about our mission and what she can contribute.
June also brings our End of Fiscal Year Fundraising Campaign. Your generosity is so appreciated as we continue to expand our coverage of all the latest developments with COVID and continue to work overtime to be the eyes and ears for our listeners to help them stay informed and connected.
How to Donate: You can donate on our website www.valleyeyeradio.org
or by sending a check to: Valley Eye Radio
1 Federal St., Bldg # 101
Springfield, MA 01105
Hopefully, June’s “bustin’ out” coincides with your own “bustin’ out” from a long year and a half. On behalf of our listeners and others in our community who depend on us for their well-being, may none of us forget the valuable lessons learned from this pandemic about the power of generosity, gratitude, and caring for all our well-beings.
- Our thanks to all our many volunteers and supporters for all you do every week that allow us to provide our accessible readings of local newspapers and other publications as well as the feature local events. You are what make our mission possible for our listeners!
- Thanks to our continued collaboration with Storrs Library and the Longmeadow Historical Society, Valley Eye Radio is proud to have presented the talk by Philip A. Goduti, Jr., Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Quinnipiac University and a full-time history teacher at Somers High School in Somers that explored the early years of JFK and the events that shaped him as a leader. Stay tuned for more fascinating presentations!
- Valley Eye Radio has been working with the Northampton based “American Macular Degeneration Foundation” to bring the latest scientific understanding and support recordings that they have produced. So far, we presented to our listeners their panel of local experts on the subject for the virtual program entitled “AMDF Age Related Macular Degeneration Risk Reduction and Treatment” as well as a personal look at living with this disease from their program entitled “AMDF Mind Body Spirit Seeing Each Other”.
- Thanks to a new collaboration with the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition and the Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative, Valley Eye Radio began to broadcast the audio from their four part series “Making Homes Healthier” filled with practical information to help make our homes and lives better.
● You can keep up with the latest Valley Eye Radio news and get “in the know” as you “like”us on Facebook or “follow” our Instagram pages. Spread the word!
- Valley Eye Radio will present a talk by Chicopee author, historian and, we’re proud to say, a member of our Valley Eye Radio volunteer reader family, Jacqueline T. Lynch on the historical background for her novel, Beside the Still Waters, about the towns that were demolished to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Our thanks to the Holyoke Public Library for helping to make this audio only rebroadcast possible.
● Happy Birthday to all of those in our volunteer reader family who were born in the month of June: Mary Beth began another trip around the sun on the 8th, Marcia and Mary both felt the love on the 9th, Jeannine got her cards and presents on the 14th, Ken will celebrate his big day on the 21st, Chip will hear from his family and friends on the 25th and Arnold gets his celebration on the 28th.
Happy Birthday wishes to all!