RADIOLEX

Article and photos courtesy of RADIOLEX and community volunteers

 

RADIOLEX IS LEXINGTON’S COMMUNITY RADIO

For five years, RADIOLEX has been the “voice of the people” on-air and online. The station’s mission is to provide a mass media platform to amplify underrepresented local voices and promote an equitable, inclusive community. Over 150 neighborhood volunteers produce thousands of hours of original, hyper-local content each year in English on WLXU 93.9FM and in Spanish on WLXL 95.7FM. Local music, art and culture, plus news, views and more. RADIOLEX broadcasts in the heart of Lexington, and the station can be streamed anywhere in the world via the RADIOLEX mobile app, TuneIn or via the website radiolex.us.

"In a time of confusion and misinformation, it's important for citizens to be able to access information they trust in the language they best understand," - Mark Royse, RADIOLEX General Manager

The station is a go-to information resource for thousands of listeners in Lexington’s urban neighborhoods—especially communities of color, the Latinx community, the LGBT community, and others whose experiences and concerns are not represented in mainstream media.

RADIOLEX also plays a critical public safety role by providing real-time, community-level information during severe weather, disasters, and other local emergencies.


RADIOLEX is always looking for new talent. If you are a content creator or have an idea for a show, submit an application at radiolex.us/volunteer.


RADIOLEX STEPS UP DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

More than 185 languages are spoken in Lexington. RADIOLEX's on-air broadcasts and website provide critical COVID-19 information in more than 20 of the most spoken languages in the city.

Interpreters from around the state volunteer to make sure summaries of Governor Andy Beshear's coronavirus updates are available in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, French, Bosnian, and others.

"In a time of confusion and misinformation, it's important for citizens to be able to access information they trust in the language they best understand," says RADIOLEX general manager, Mark Royse.

RADIOLEX collaborates closely with the Office of the Governor, Global Lex and the City of Lexington, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Kentucky's Community Response Coalition, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, the Division of Emergency Management and the University of Kentucky's Clinica Amiga. 

Language Access Solutions has been instrumental in identifying qualified volunteer interpreters.

"This crisis has shown us there's not a great infrastructure for communicating with non-English speakers in our community. There are fantastic organizations and committed individuals doing important work," says Royse, "The role of RADIOLEX is to connect and amplify their efforts."

The multilingual communication effort has received funding from the Coronavirus Response Fund, a joint effort of United Way of the Bluegrass and Blue Grass Community Foundation and the Rex Chapman Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund.

RADIOLEX IS MOVING

This is an important moment for RADIOLEX. The station is navigating economic difficulties with the rest of the world and also raising funds to move into a new location at the end of 2020. RADIOLEX has space reserved at the exciting new Greyline Station and Market—an adaptive reuse project in the old Greyhound/Lextran building on Loudon and Lime.

Donors will be recognized on the walls of the new space with vinyl albums, CDs, cassette tapes or concert bracelets. Citizens who want to support their community radio station can contribute at radiolex.us/donate.


$30/hour. That's what it takes to keep RADIOLEX on the air. Not much compared to big commercial stations. Funded exclusively by listeners and the community, RADIOLEX is completely independent. To support to RADIOLEX go to radiolex.us/donate.


DALE MORGAN

EKU recently awarded RADIOLEX’s host Dale Morgan the 2020 Professional Achievement Award. Dale graduated in 2009 from EKU’s College of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Accounting. 

“Winning this award is one of the greatest achievements in my life and I am hoping that I can use the joy that I feel to inspire and motivate others.” 

You’ve probably seen Dale around the old Lexington neighborhood where he grew up, mentoring students in literacy campaigns. When he is not working as an investment analyst for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, he is chasing his two beautiful children, Kasen and Cymone, around town.

Congrats Dale on your achievements. You’ve been a great partner to TOPS! You can check out Dale’s show “Conversations Around the Table” every Thursday from 6-9 pm on RADIOLEX 93.9FM.


Image 1 (Left to Right): Debora Logan Lawson / acoUstiKats performing on “Overtones” hosted by Renee Collins Cobb / Jacobo Aragon

Image 2 (Left to Right): Top - Pat Gerhard / Bottom - "Refugee Voices" with Dalal and Karissa Porter / Soreyda Benedit-Begley, Donna Ison and Laverne Zabielski

Image 3 (Left to Right): Top left - “On the Table” on-air conversation / Bottom left - Keith Cornett / Bottom right - Rob Bolson / Far right - Dale Morgan / Bottom - Greyline Station rendering