October 2021

From our Executive Director, Barbara Loh:

It's hard to believe it has been almost a year since we moved into our new studios at Springfield Technology Park.

As it becomes safer, we hope to have an open house in the near future to show all of you our new location and all the improvements and upgrades we have achieved. As the delta variant wanes, let's hope we can do that soon.

While we aren't out in the community yet recording events like we were pre-COVID, we are continuing our weekday evening broadcasts, giving our listeners all the latest COVID news and information. This expanded programming includes information on mask mandates, vaccination options and mandates, daily state reports on new cases and local hospital COVID numbers, and any other developments we know our listeners will need to stay safe and informed.

We are gearing up for Giving Tuesday which is November 30. Please mark your calendar and let all your family and friends know we will need their support.

We could not be doing what we're doing for our listeners without your donations and our volunteer readers. Thanks as always.

  • October 15th was White Cane Awareness Day and Valley Eye Radio observed the event with a rebroadcast of the program by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind’s presentation that included stories from some of their consumers that told their stories about using the white cane. Our thanks to everyone involved in this program!
    Valley Eye Radio is expanding its collaboration with JGS LifeCare in Longmeadow as we rebroadcast their “Ruth’s House Lunch and Learn” series. Our listeners will soon benefit from hearing their latest program, a presentation by Katie Krupka, owner of Home Sweet Home Senior Living Advisor, who will discuss the benefits of working with a geriatric care manager.

  • Have you checked out the Valley Eye Radio website www.valleyeyeradio.org yet for information on the exciting new ways that someone who needs our service can access our broadcasts?

  • Help us spread the word to your family and social circles to let those you know who are blind, visually impaired or have some other health condition or disability that makes reading print material difficult about us.

  • Let’s reconnect more people to the local news of their community that they can no longer get for themselves through our accessible programming of local newspapers, informational magazines, features and more!

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Baystate Health’s Breast Cancer Series is back with a new set of programs with practical information and treatment updates from many of their local experts in the field.

  • Topics include “Keeping Abreast: The Latest Research” with Dr. Grace Makari-Judson, “Web’s Most Searched Questions” with Dr. Ann-Kristin U. Friedrich, “9 Things You Should Know About Your Breasts” with Dr. Holly Mason and “Timing is Everything” with Dr. Jesse T. Casaubon.

    Valley Eye Radio will be rebroadcasting these presentations for our listeners to benefit from the latest information that can help save lives.

  • Valley Eye Radio continues our partnership with Storrs Library in Longmeadow with more of their fascinating and informative presentations.This month’s first program in David Mould’s “Accidental Travel Writer” series is just one of the programs that our listeners will enjoy. David begins with “First Encounters: Four Travel Vignettes” to entertain and inform our listeners with his account of travels throughout the world.
    Happy Birthday to all of those in our volunteer reader family who were born in the month of October: Andrea heard from friends and family on the 2nd, Josh got his best wishes on the 5th, Diane H. and Kathy both celebrated on the 7th, Joan was spoiled on the 8th, Karen began another lap around the sun on the 14th, Ginny and Steve both got personal and virtual greetings on the 17th, Susan C. had her cake and presents on the 18th, Dan got his day on the 19th, Annie shared her day with loved ones on the 21st and Melinda got to hear the birthday song on the 24th.

    Happy Birthday wishes to all!

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