Our Voices. Our Radio.
Lexington Community Radio is made up of over 160 local volunteer DJs producing thousands of hours of original, hyper-local content each year in English and in Spanish.
We are a go-to information resource for Lexington’s urban neighborhoods–especially communities of color, Latinx communities, and LGBT communities whose experiences and concerns are not represented in most local media. Lexington Community Radio also plays a critical public safety role by providing real-time, community-level information during severe weather, disasters, and other local emergencies.
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 that is 100% female.
Inclusion = Representation
Lexington Community Radio plays a critical role in making sure ALL the people in our community have a voice.
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.