Fayette County

City launches radio station

Lexington has a new public radio station operated by city government.

Radio Lexington, located at 1620 AM, began broadcasting earlier this month with limited programming that highlights LexCall, the Spotlight Lexington festival and the city's Web site. Programming is expected to expand to include traffic conditions, special event schedules, weather updates, and information about parks and recreation offerings and tourism.

The station is intended to provide important information about shelters, road closings, evacuations and other safety-related plans during emergencies. It is being administered by the city's Emergency Management and Government Communications divisions.

For now, the low-power station's signal can only be picked up inside New Circle Road and along I-75 in the southern part of the county, but it will eventually be transmitted throughout Fayette County.