“It’s an all-out emergency and people depend on it, so I was really grateful that Goodwill Easter Seals was able to allow me to maintain that,” said RRS manager Hulce said. “Got to keep people connected; that’s the whole purpose.”
Thanks to the work of Hulce and the volunteers, the program was able to fill listeners in, PSA style, to what was discussed during the daily 2 p.m. coronavirus press briefings by Gov. Mike DeWine, for example.
“She (Hulce) downloads and organizes the reads her volunteers do, creates a schedule from what’s available, programs the station, reads herself as needed, finds suitable archival material to fill in gaps, and makes sure that service is always available to those who need it,” said RRS volunteer of eight years, Larry Lain. “I am awed by what she has managed to do.”
In Hulce’s infrequent spare time, she is also the volunteer general manager of WSWO radio, a non-profit, community-based FM radio station in Huber Heights known as “Oldies 97.3″.
“It’s the DJ in me,” Hulce said. “I cannot stop being a DJ regardless.”
Still, Hulce deflects credit for the program’s endurance back to the enthusiasm of her volunteers.
“I’m just deeply impressed by the incredible effort Shelly has put into maintaining this lifeline to our undeserved community of the blind and disabled,” Lain said.
Anyone in need or who knows someone who would benefit from the RRS can learn more at gesmv.org.