Lexington Community Radio

The Voice of the People

aka RADIOLEX   |   Lexington, KY   |
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Lexington Community Radio

EIN: 36-4662643


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


General Manager/Executive Director

Mark J. Royse

Main address

PO Box 526

Lexington, KY 40588-0526 USA

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Subject area info


Public health

News and public information

Communication media

Civic participation

Population served info

LGBTQ people

Ethnic and racial groups

Social and economic status

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Music (A68)

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


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


Context Notes

Estimated gross audience for 2022

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


Context Notes

Language access has become an increasing focus for our organization since the onset of COVID in 2020.

Hours of volunteer service

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

Equity, inclusion, and understanding.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The increase in hours indicates a return to volunteer service and outreach activities during 2022. RADIOLEX also hired a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator.

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

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


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.


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.
  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Lexington Community Radio
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.96 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.8 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Lexington Community Radio

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Lexington Community Radio

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Lexington Community Radio

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Lexington Community Radio’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$38,731 -$41,008 $520 $35,836 -$14,056
As % of expenses -10.0% -15.0% 0.2% 19.1% -6.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$38,731 -$41,008 $520 $35,836 -$14,056
As % of expenses -10.0% -15.0% 0.2% 19.1% -6.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $369,376 $231,586 $263,803 $223,060 $244,581
Total revenue, % change over prior year 122.8% -37.3% 13.9% -15.4% 9.6%
Program services revenue 8.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 3.1% 6.9% 7.1% 19.2% 27.6%
All other grants and contributions 88.7% 91.8% 92.6% 80.8% 72.4%
Other revenue 0.2% 1.3% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $385,501 $272,594 $263,283 $187,224 $223,602
Total expenses, % change over prior year 146.1% -29.3% -3.4% -28.9% 19.4%
Personnel 55.9% 63.5% 60.2% 66.7% 63.1%
Professional fees 21.5% 10.4% 5.2% 3.3% 2.4%
Occupancy 9.6% 13.2% 12.8% 0.6% 11.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 1.3% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 13.0% 12.9% 21.6% 28.2% 23.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $385,501 $272,594 $263,283 $187,224 $223,602
One month of savings $32,125 $22,716 $21,940 $15,602 $18,634
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $21,886 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $417,626 $295,310 $285,223 $224,712 $242,236

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 0.9 0.1 0.5 2.7 2.2
Months of cash and investments 0.9 0.1 0.5 2.7 2.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.9 -0.5 -0.5 1.6 0.6
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $29,221 $3,144 $10,619 $41,709 $40,961
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $9,060 $4,735
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 474.9% 206.1% 51.6% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $29,221 -$11,787 -$11,267 $24,569 $10,513
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $35,183
Total net assets $29,221 -$11,787 -$11,267 $24,569 $45,696

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

General Manager/Executive Director

Mark J. Royse

Mark comes to RADIOLEX from a diverse, creative background. He served as Executive Director of AVOL (AIDS Volunteers, Inc.) and has worked with a variety of other local non-profits including JustFundKY, LexArts, and Beaux-Arts Ball. He served as Director of Communications for the UK College of Design. He was formerly a creative director and most recently the business manager for Group CJ advertising. He was also a buyer and inventory manager for the J. Peterman Catalog made famous by Seinfeld. Mark is a graduate of the theatre program at the University of Kentucky and an alum of the Governor’s Scholar Program.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Lexington Community Radio

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Lexington Community Radio

Board of directors
as of 08/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Ms. Rowena Mahloch

Debra Hensley

State Farm

Shannon Stuart-Smith

Community Volunteer

Dominique Wright


Juan Carlos Castro

The JCC Group family of companies

Rowena Mahloch

Community Volunteer

Dianet Valencia Downs

KY Labor Cabinet

April Renee 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 S McNee

McNee Solutions

Veda Stewart

Kentucky Dept of Education

Joy Wilson


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 8/3/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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


Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/03/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.