Lexington: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund at The Blue Grass Community Foundation has awarded Lexington Community Radio WLXL-LP a $20,000 grant to go toward the purchase of equipment for the construction of the station. The grant will also help the group leverage matching funds.
The community group, which holds an FCC permit to construct a new low power FM radio station to serve Lexington’s downtown communities, including much of the city’s black, Latino and low-income population, learned of the award Sept. 25.
The station, has reserved the call letters WLXL-LPFM, which will reach a 3.5-mile radius from its tower at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Leestown Road campus.
“Our station is designated as a public safety station, so we will have as part of our mission to bring residents, block by block, the weather, news, safety, public health and wellness, environmental issues, and emergency information that affects them,” said Debra Hensley, Lexington businesswoman and the president of the non-profit group that has been working since 2012 to license and build the station.
Programming plans are underway, and WLXL seeks interested community volunteers to help with building the station, producing neighborhood, cultural, music, wellness, sports, educational, public safety and talk shows and events. The group has had one public meeting and plans other community engagement events for interested volunteers.
WLXL-LP will be located at 95.7 on the FM dial.