RADIOLEX is Lexington’s Community Radio.
Our programming is created by more than 160 friends and neighbors—volunteers who produce thousands of hours of original, hyper-local content each year in English on WLXU 93.9 FM and in Spanish on WLXL95.7 FM.
RADIOLEX is a go-to information resource for thousands of listeners in Lexington’s underrepresented neighborhoods—especially our Black, Latinx, Asian, Immigrant & Refugee, and LGBTQ+ communities as well as others whose experiences and concerns are not represented in mainstream news media.
RADIOLEX also plays a critical public safety role by providing real-time, community-level information during severe weather, disasters, and other local emergencies.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and during the vaccine rollout, RADIOLEX has taken a leadership role. Our stations and website have been providing critical safety and public health information in over 20 languages to non-English speakers in our community. There are more than 185 languages spoken in Lexington. RADIOLEX’s team of volunteer interpreters have won recognition from the Governor’s office, the Kentucky Colonels, and the Kentucky World Language Association
More About Us
RADIOLEX provides a mass media platform to amplify underrepresented local voices and promote an equitable, inclusive community.
RADIOLEX will be a thriving, multi-lingual media collaborative embraced and sustained by our diverse community.
- Equity, inclusion, and understanding.
- The public safety and wellbeing of our city.
- Creativity, self-expression, and fearless exchange of ideas.
- Informing and empowering citizens to engage and collaborate locally.
Financial Statement Information
RADIOLEX maintains a GuideStar profile, which contains up-to-date financial information for our organization.
Inclusion = Representation
RADIOLEX plays a critical role in making sure ALL the people in our community have a voice.
Media ownership matters.
Media coverage determines the way we view issues.
When local people are not involved in shaping news and content, issues important to the community get ignored. Issues like economic inclusion, quality public education, access to health care, racism, immigration reform, hate crime prevention, and more.
Not about us, without us.
Racial and ethnic minorities, women, older Americans, and people with disabilities are under-represented in the media. Women and people of color hold less than 7% of all radio and television broadcast licenses.
Often, no one can speak with authority about their experience. That means little or incomplete media coverage of issues important to them. We are proud to have a diverse board of directors who reflect the communities we serve.
Low Power = High Impact
In 2000, Congress and the FCC inaugurated a new designation called Low Power FM, for non-commercial and non-profit radio. The LPFM designation fosters diversity on the public airwaves, allowing a range of voices and points-of-view not found in national and regional corporate media. Community radio is the voice of the people.
Community radio stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular and relevant to a local, specific audience but is often overlooked by commercial or mass-media broadcasters. Community radio stations are operated, owned, and influenced by the communities they serve.
We are a Public Safety Radio Station
When Emergencies occur in our community, we are licensed to provide up-to-date, relevant information specific to the community we serve.
RADIOLEX has a special designation from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which calls our station to designate a portion of our programming and air time to ‘public safety’.
Preparedness is the best defense for an Emergency. Every hour, we air public service announcements (PSAs) every hour featuring important safety information and notices. Our local, original programming features emergency information and resources from city emergency response personnel including local police and fire departments.
During severe weather and community emergencies, RADIOLEX will broadcast vital, real-time information tailored for our listeners.
A Healthy Community
RADIOLEX works closely with local public health officials and service organizations to help keep our community safe and healthy.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis and during the vaccine rollout, RADIOLEX has taken a leadership role. Our stations and website have provided critical safety and public health information in over 20 languages to non-English speakers in our community. There are more than 185 languages are spoken in Lexington. RADIOLEX’s team of volunteer interpreters won recognition from the Governor’s office, the Kentucky Colonels, and the Kentucky World Language Association
As a public media entity, RADIOLEX makes every effort to be as transparent as possible in order to comply with standards set forth by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
There are also certain public inspection files that are a requirement of the Federal Communications Commission. They are placed here so members of the public may have free access to these reports. These reports are also available for inspection at the offices of RADIOLEX, 123 E. Sixth St., Lexington, KY 40508.