Lexington’s new nonprofit, low-power FM station, WLXL-LP 95.7 FM, will start broadcasting Saturday, Sept. 19, with a scavenger hunt through Lexington’s North End called the “Amazing Radio Race.” Lexington Community Radio disc jockeys will communicate scavenger hunt clues over WLXL’s radio signal and participants will follow the clues leading to the new radio station at the Fayette County Public Schools’ STEAM Academy.
The race will start at Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Newtown Campus, 500 Newtown Pike, at 10 a.m. and will end at the radio station’s STEAM Academy studio at 123 E. Sixth St. To participate in the Amazing Radio Race, participants are encouraged to pre-register here, but can also sign up at the race’s starting point the morning of the event.
For those unable to participate in the race but want a chance to join in the celebration, there will be grand opening festivities at WLXL’s STEAM Academy station starting at 11:30 a.m.
“Although we’ve been laying the groundwork for WLXL/95.7 for years, this event is our big introduction to the community,” said Debra Hensley, founder and president of LCR. “We’re saying, ‘Hey, this radio station is for you and we want you to be a part of it.’ It’s also an opportunity to thank our many generous donors. We’re incredibly thankful to these organizations, businesses and individuals who saw our value long before we had a broadcast signal.”
Festivities planned include a live broadcast with guests that include 2013-2014 Poet Laureate of Kentucky Frank X Walker; Dan Wu, former MasterChef contestant and Culinary Evangelist host; Devine Carama, hip hop artist; Brad James, TV meteorologist; Chris Ford, Lexington’s commissioner of Social Services; James Brown, 1st District council member; and Sue Wylie, retired talk radio host for WVLK-590 AM. Also, WKYT anchor Barbara Bailey and KET host Renee Shaw will be present, along with Andrés Cruz, editor of La Voz de Kentucky.
Patrick Mitchell, a local photographer, actor and radio personality will DJ throughout the day. Musical performances by the March Madness Marching Band and the STEAM Academy’s Steel Pan Drum Band will be featured, as well as free food from Gumbo Ya Ya.
Lexington Community Radio is a nonprofit, noncommercial, community radio station with a broadcast radius small enough to focus on city and neighborhood issues, with programming designed by and for its listeners. Included in LCR’s listening radius are most of Lexington’s underserved majority Latino and majority African-American neighborhoods.