Lexington Community Radio

The Voice of the People

aka RADIOLEX   |   Lexington, KY   |  https://radiolex.us

Mission

MISSION: RADIOLEX provides a mass media platform to amplify underrepresented local voices and promote an equitable, inclusive community. --------- VISION: RADIOLEX will be a thriving, multi-lingual media collaborative embraced and sustained by our diverse community. --------- VALUES: RADIOLEX values: - Equity, inclusion, and understanding. - The public safety and wellbeing of our city. - Creativity, self-expression, and fearless exchange of ideas. - Informing and empowering citizens to engage and collaborate locally.

Notes from the nonprofit

RADIOLEX is a go-to information resource for thousands of listeners in Lexington’s underrepresented neighborhoods—especially our Black, HIspanic, Asian, Immigrant & Refugee, and LGBTQ+ communities as well as others whose experiences and concerns are not represented in mainstream news media. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and during the vaccine rollout, RADIOLEX has taken a leadership role. Our stations and website have been providing critical safety and public health information in over 20 languages to non-English speakers in our community. There are more than 185 languages spoken in Lexington. RADIOLEX’s team of volunteer interpreters have won recognition from the Governor’s office, the Kentucky Colonels, and the Kentucky World Language Association

Ruling year info

2014

General Manager/Executive Director

Mark J. Royse

Main address

PO Box 526

Lexington, KY 40588-0526 USA

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EIN

36-4662643

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Music (A68)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

RADIOLEX strives to combat the underrepresentation of women and marginalized populations in local media (and media in general) by providing a multi-media platform for amplifying local voices and for promoting an equitable, inclusive community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equity, inclusion, and understanding.

RADIOLEX ensures that marginalized and underrepresented voices have access to the public airwaves. Programming is citizen-created and designed to create a more just and inclusive community.

We are a go-to information resource for Lexington’s urban neighborhoods–especially communities of color, Latinx communities, and LGBT communities whose experiences and concerns are not represented in most local media.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
LGBTQ people
Immigrants and migrants
Artists and performers
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Volunteer Translation Team 2020

Ky Colonels

Affiliations & memberships

Volunteer Translation Team named KY Colonels 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, LGBTQ people, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Equity, inclusion, and understanding.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Estimated gross audience for 2021

The number of languages spoken in the community represented in programming.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Equity, inclusion, and understanding.

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Hours per week of volunteer-hosted content. Note: several volunteer show hosts discontinued their programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Monthly numbers should be up by the end of 2022.

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

annual grant dollars awarded

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ROAD MAP FY2022

Objective: RADIOLEX will attract, engage, and retain a loyal listening audience from our target demographics.
Key Result: Gross Total Audience* >50,000 monthly from target demographics
Key Result: Establish Communications & Marketing Committee (staff level)
Key Result: Execute communications & marketing plan/calendar for FY2022
Key Result: Re-Activate Programming Committee

Objective: RADIOLEX will offer audiences options for on-demand listening.
Key Result: Create a comprehensive archive of RADIOLEX original programming.
Key Result: Establish Kentucky Creators Podcast Index

Objective: RADIOLEX will be an inclusive and equitable community media & news platform.
Key Result: Hire and retain new staff by Feb 28
Key Result: Establish and Implement Community Newsroom Program by Dec 31
Key Result: 75% of programming hours volunteer-hosted by Dec 31

Objective: RADIOLEX will be supported by our community through diverse and sustainable income streams.
Key Result: Raise min $225,000 by Dec 31
Key Result: Finalize FY22 fundraising plan w/ OKRs by Mar 15
Key Result: Publish 2021 Annual Report by Mar 30

Objective: RADIOLEX will collaborate with public safety, health, and service-based organizations as a media partner and sponsor.
Key Result: Report reach & impact of all existing and new collaborations quarterly.

Objective: RADIOLEX will be guided by inclusive, ethical, and transparent policies and procedures.
Key Result: Review/approve policy & procedure manual at Aug board meeting

Collaboration is at the heart of community radio. During the COVID-19 crisis, RADIOLEX partnered with
the Office of the Governor, the City of Lexington, the Lexington Dept. of Emergency Management, and the
Lexington Fayette-County Health Department to communicate critical public health and safety information in
more than 20 languages. The volunteer translation team were all made Kentucky Colonels at the end of 2020.

RADIOLEX also partnered with the US Census to help reach underserved populations. Fayette County had one
of the highest response rates nationally. RADIOLEX partners with an array of local non-profits to help
amplify their work and raise awareness about important issues.

RADIOLEX also partners with community
organizations to help raise awareness and address the needs of those who are vulnerable and marginalized in
our community.

In Jan 2021, RADIOLEX moved into the Greyline Station & Market, home to Julietta Market--an economic incubator for largely minority micro-businesses and entrepreneurs. RADIOLEX has created relationships with market vendors to help raise awareness and tell the stories of their contribution to the community.

Additionally, RADIOLEX has recruited volunteer show hosts from among local businesses, student groups, performers, as well as guests visiting the Greyline.

RADIOLEX enjoys a deep and rich network of community connections. Combined with high-quality recording booths, visible and accessible studio space, and access to the public airwaves, RADIOLEX is uniquely poised to amplify the Voice of the People.

RADIOLEX is now in our seventh year, and we have accomplished a lot:
-We collaborated with the community to plan and launch not one but two community radio stations--one in English, one in Spanish, both broadcasting 24/7.
- We created and executed a three-year strategic plan from 2019-2021 and in the planning stages for 2022-2025.
-In 2020 we successfully renewed broadcast licenses for both stations through 2028.
-Through the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout, RADIOLEX has been a leader and go-to resource for critical public health and safety info for non-English speakers in the community. (More than 185 languages are spoken in Lexington).
-We have provided a mass media outlet for local artists and performers and their work.
-We provide a platform for original content created by more than 100 friends and neighbors from the community.
-We relocated from our original location (a classroom in the basement of the FCPS STEAM Academy) to a signature corner space in the Greyline Station & Market. This new space has tremendously increased our visibility and accessibility to the community.
- In 2023 RADIOLEX will launch a Community News Room Community members will receive hands-on technical training in community-based reporting through a certification program offered by the Community Newsroom. RADIOLEX will collaborate with journalism educators and professionals to create a multilingual curriculum that teaches the basics of ethical journalism and fact-based reporting. Part of this certification program will include a ‘trusted news source’ badge that can be awarded to local independent reporters.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Local voices underrepresented in mainstream media including black, Hispanic, LGBT, refugee & immigrant voices as well as voices of youth and the edlerly.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, website/social media,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    RADIOLEX has a proven history of delivering important local news and critical public health and safety information to Lexington’s minority communities. In 2022-23, a new Community Newsroom provide hyper-local news content created and delivered by trained, trustworthy representatives of Lexington’s underrepresented neighborhoods—especially our Black, Latinx, Asian, Immigrant & Refugee, and LGBTQ+ communities as well as others whose experiences and concerns are not represented in mainstream news media. RADIOLEX will collaborate with journalism educators and professionals to offer hands-on technical training in community-based reporting through a certification program offered through the Community Newsroom.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, volunteers,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    During COVID, we had to make major operational adjustments to producing broadcast content. We worked with our volunteers to come up with creative technological solutions to allow them to keep producing shows during the pandemic. Additionally, we worked with community partners to create ways to communicate critical public health and safety information about COVID-19 to non-English speaking members of our community on-air, online, and by direct mail. This work achieved greater health equity among marginalized groups within our community.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Lexington Community Radio

Board of directors
as of 06/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Rowena Mahloch

Debra Hensley

State Farm

Shannon Stuart-Smith

Community Volunteer

Dominique Wright

Lexmark

Juan Castro

The JCC Group family of companies

Rowena Mahloch

Community Volunteer

Dianet Downs

KY Labor Cabinet

April Edmonds

Social Worker

Lauren Gawthrop

Good Foods Co-op

Nicole Gwishiri

County Extension Agent

David Helmers

Railbird Festival

Jemma Kaluski

The Nature Conservancy

Tresine Logsdon

Fayette County Public Schools

Bryan McNee

McNee Solutions

Veda Stewart

Kentucky Dept of Education

Joy Wilson

Toyota

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/30/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/30/2022

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.