Lexington Community Radio is a public forum, information source, and creative outlet made by community members for community members. It serves the underserved. Think of LCM as a blank canvas, an engine, a toolbox – a resource. It is what you make of it. This is your radio, your community. And as a part of that community, you have the gift and the responsibility of engaging in that network of citizens. Participation is a powerful thing.

We empower the community by engaging listeners with local, timely, and relevant information and opinion that positively impact safety and quality of life in Lexington. We envision a more informed, connected, included, equitable and empowered America, starting right here in Lexington, Kentucky.

● We work with anyone who wants a better community
● We strive to continually improve and expand our services
● We listen carefully and seek true understanding
● We respect the power of the microphone
● We communicate honestly and effectively
● We recognize many paths in one direction: the benefit of all Lexingtonians

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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, redistributing attention away from national commercial conglomerates. LCR is designated LPFM. We share that initiative’s values.

Community Radio is more than a medium. It’s a shared set of values, a desire to bring the airwaves to ALL people. Our friends at KHOI-FM in Ames, Iowa have said it really well:

“Community radio is fundamentally not a technical enterprise, but a venture into building humanity. Community radio is when local people produce and broadcast their own programs and participate in operating the station. It is community space for people to meet and collaborate. It is extraordinarily fun and often life-changing. It typically leads to individual creativity and self-empowerment. Participants find it extraordinarily satisfying, not just to make radio in this unique fashion, but to also help transform community life.Community radio is a world-wide phenomenon. Its roots date back to the late 1940s when it was introduced as a way to offer media access to union members and their families during a labor strike in Bolivia. In 1949, Pacifica Foundation established the first community radio station in the United States. Since then, this vibrant media movement continues to spread throughout the world—from Western countries to remote third-world communities. The urge to do community radio fulfills the basic desire for communication and self-expression and is on the forefront of today’s democracy movements.”KHOI-FM - 'What Is Community Radio?'

Because – under our FCC designation – a portion of airtime must be devoted to “public safety,” we engage listeners with material critical to their well-being. Our programming is more than informative; it’s vital.

We are a Public Safety Radio Station. When Emergencies occur in our community, we are the only radio station in this area licensed specifically to provide up to date relevant information. Please listen to our Public Safety PSA’s that run every hour. Preparedness is the best defense for an Emergency.

Lexington Community Radio will provide vital emergency broadcasts during severe weather occurrences, community emergencies and other potential/real man-made or natural disasters. The emergency plans, which are supported by the station, cover emergencies such as natural hazards including earthquakes, tornadoes, fire (urban and wildland), storms, floods, ice storms, landslides, human and animal disease epidemics, drought, sink holes and mine subsidence.

Accidental disasters including accidents, explosions, equipment and dam failures, hazardous materials and biological hazard incidents, household chemical emergencies, industrial emergencies, transportation disasters including airline, truck and rail. Disruptions in Services – Water, sewer, communications, travel, etc. Civil Disturbances and Terrorism including rioting and looting. Also assassinations, bombings, cyber attacks, hijackings, kidnappings, threats of terrorism and the use of chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological weapons, weapons of mass destruction and mass casualties.

The Applicant provides 24 hours daily of locally originated programming features emergency information and resources as provided by city emergency response personnel including local police and fire departments. Lexington Community Radio will also broadcast programming relative to zoning, land use and design proposals within a broader community vision for physical development that will allow the Lexington community to grow and prosper, promote economic development and viable job development while preserving the quality of life that makes it a desirable place to work and live while protecting and enhancing existing neighborhoods, downtown, and the rural cultural landscape.

The FCC has granted Lexington Community Radio construction permits for two channels: The loop on the left is WLXL 95.7 FM, and the one to the right is WLXU 93.9 FM. Although there is overlap between the coverage areas, this creates opportunities for broader coverage while targeting specific messaging to each area. WLXL’s range has a population of approximately 92,000 residents, and WLXU’s range will reach approximately 122,000 residents.

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Archive of press releases and Lexington Community Radio in the news.

12-12-2014 – Major Developments as Community Radio Project Advances • Read

Lexington Community Radio, Inc. is a Kentucky nonprofit corporation, duly recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (Federal EIN: 36-4662643)

Low Power FM community radio is making waves from coast to coast. We’re turning it UP in Kentucky, and the values and power of community radio are turning up new connections and human-scale alliances across the Bluegrass. We want to thank our ever-growing list of true believers.

LCR Centurions

The Lexington Centurions are an esteemed group of friends who have the vision to support community radio at the $1000 level. We are extremely thankful to those who have committed to LCR thus far!


Bill & Kim Garmer The Cravens Family Charitable Fund
Marsha & Brenda Moors-Charles Jonathan Barker & Andrew Tan
 Nancy Barron Anthany and Eunice Beatty Family Foundation Fund
 Keith Clark & Cheri Pulliam Joe Costa & Stefanie Reichenbach
 Lucy Ferguson Tom Fielder & Elizabeth Rouse
 Bill Fortune Sandy Frank
 Steven & Susan Goldstein Robert & Linda Granacher
 David & Anne Helmers Debra Hensley & Melissa Watt
 Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth & Richard Greissman Hap & Lori Houlihan
 Bill & Sally Johnston Ben C.Kaufman & Janet Zusman Kaufman
 Kris & Bridgette Kimel John Winn Miller
 Becky Lytle Theodore Monroe
 Wyn Morris & Vicki Sword Connie Morton & Kathy Bolton
 Christina Noll Diane Parrish
 Cy Pugh
 Malcolm Ratchford/Community Action
Ricki & Joe Rosenberg
 Mike & Dawn Scanlon Ernesto Scorsone & John Davis
 Alan Stein Howard & Robin Stovall
 Harold Tate & David Swenson Kakie Urch
 Dianet Valencia Griffin VanMeter & Sarah Wylie VanMeter
 Dennis & Leslie Whaley L. Tracee Whitley
 Ann Todd Dupree The Jedra Foundation
 The Alpenglow Foundation Julie Butcher
Tonya Jackson  Angelo S. & Barbara L. Gazzaroli, Jr.
Page & Guy Mendes, in memory of Jess Mendes Anne Bolton
Doug and Melanie Roederer Russ Tucker & Maryanne O’Canna
Christina Bell Jedra Foundation (Art Shechet & Marilyn Robie)


LCR Founding Supporters
Debra's Social StimulusLFUCG Health Dept.  Blue Grass Community Foundation   Knight Foundation  Columbia Gas of KYSTEAM Academybluegrass center ctc clrState Farmku logoLFUCG Emergency Management   LFUCG  ToyotaNicholasville Road MRI     urban league of lexington


Other Generous Contributors:

John Lackey, Homegrown Press
PNC Bank
Community Trust Bank
Just Fund KY
Traditional Bank
Soulfoul Space at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Lexington Directions
Gumbo Ya Ya

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