Lexington Community Radio
is neighborhood public radio.
Our Mission is to:
Serve our listeners by providing local, timely, relevant content and critical public safety information.
Amplify underrepresented voices and promote equality by engaging and supporting diverse views.
Enliven our community by creating connections and conversations around life in Lexington.
Lexington Community Radio
brings broadcast power to the people.
Our Vision is to:
Establish a thriving, sustainable, values-driven media co-operative, which will be the first and best choice of locals to find information, to exchange ideas, and to be part of what’s happening in Lexington.
Our Voices. Our Radio.
Lexington Community Radio values:
- Our community: its people, its possibilities, its safety and its wellbeing.
- Informed, empowered, and engaged citizens.
- Equity, inclusion, and understanding.
- Honest, open conversations about what is most important to our community.
- Local music, food, arts, & culture.
- The power and responsibility of the platform.
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.
Lexington Community Radio 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, Lexington Community Radio will broadcast vital, real-time information tailored for our listeners.
Our Growing Community
Lexington Community Radio will also broadcast programming relative to zoning, land use and design proposals. A broader community vision will help Lexington grow and prosper. An engaged community promotes economic development and new job development while preserving the quality of life that makes our city a desirable place to work and live. It also helps to protect and enhance existing neighborhoods, our downtown, and our rural cultural landscape that is like no other in the world.
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY RADIO
c/o Lexington STEAM Academy
123 East Sixth Street
Lexington, KY 40508
Office Phone: 859-721-5688
WLXL Studio Phone: 859-721-5699
WLXU Studio Phone: 859-721-5690
SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer Lexmark
Artist & Educator
Content Marketing Specialist @RootedELM
Retail Officer, Central Bank & Trust Co.
State Farm Agent
Director of Youth Services, Division of Social Services City of Lexington
Food Justice Junkie & Real Food Geek
Commodity Manager, Global Sourcing-Indirect Lexmark
Nonprofit Consultant & Professional Rock Climber
Director, Leadership Development Commerce Lexington Inc.
Associate Professor, Multimedia School of Journalism and Media College of Communication and Information
Manager, WW Service Parts Engineering Lexmark
Lexington Community Radio is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has regular meetings each quarter along with occasional special meetings.
Meetings of the board are open to the public. Certain portions of meetings, however, may be closed to the public. Reasons for closing a meeting are to be noted in the minutes, which will be posted for public review on this website.
Mark Royse, General Manager, is responsible for public notices of meetings.
Questions may be directed to him by email or by calling (859) 721-5866.
- February 11- Lexmark
- May 13- Lexmark
- August 12- Lexmark
- November 11- Lexmark
Victor Palomino comes to Lexington Community Radio by way of Asheville, NC where he pioneered the first-ever Spanish-segment radio in the state at Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN 103.5). Most recently Victor hosted a weekly Spanish news show, La Radio, as part of Asheville Free Media, and covered news and sports for the Hispanic community paper La Noticia. Victor is also a seasoned community advocate and organizer. He developed content for the Carolina Western Women's Business Center, directed education and outreach at the West North Carolina AIDS program, created computer class materials for young mothers at the Latino Advocacy Coalition, and served as multi-media director for the Teatro Latino de Asheville. In his spare time, Victor is an exhibiting artist and performing musician.
Mark comes to Lexington Community Radio from a diverse, creative background. He served as Executive Director of AVOL (AIDS Volunteers, Inc.) and has worked with a variety of other local non-profits including JustFundKY, LexArts, and Beaux-Arts Ball. He served as Director of Communications for the UK College of Design. He was formerly a creative director and most recently the business manager for Group CJ advertising. He was also a buyer and inventory manager for the J. Peterman Catalog made famous by Seinfeld. Mark is a graduate of the theatre program at the University of Kentucky and an alum of the Governor's Scholar Program.
Lexington Community Radio welcomes our new volunteer Volunteer Coordinator Linda Milonas. Back in the shuttle days, Linda kept the folks at NASA's mission control in line. Now she's offering her time and talent to help us streamline and upgrade our volunteer program. An easy way to meet her? CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER
Lexington Community Radio maintains a list of organizations that are notified when we have employment opportunities. If you would like your organization to be notified of these employment opportunities, please email us or call (859) 721-5688.
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.
Lexington Community Radio does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, handicap, developmental disability, or any other legally protected reason.
Lexington Community Radio strives to reflect the communities we serve in our staffing and governance.
To that end, Lexington Community Radio has set the following diversity goals:
- To recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is representative of our service area.
- To provide equal opportunity in employment and volunteering.
- To educate our management and staff annually in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons.
- To assist in developing a more diverse future workforce with professional skills in the broadcasting/media industry by recruiting diverse candidates for Lexington Community Radio internship and volunteer opportunities and/or by participating in minority or other diversity job fairs.
As a public media entity, Lexington Community Radio 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 Lexington Community Radio, 123 E. Sixth St., Lexington, KY 40508.