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WLEX signed on the air in 1955 as the first Lexington television broadcasting station. Beginning in 1968, WLEX (LEX 18) became the Lexington, Kentucky full-time NBC affiliate. Our broadcast area includes a wide expanse of central Kentucky, totaling 40 counties. While we are the proud home of The Kentucky Oaks and the Olympics, our crown jewel is award-winning annual coverage of The Kentucky Derby.
Lexington is filled with people who love to give back to the community and LEX 18 supports our partners within the community in a variety of ways. In addition to award-winning news coverage and StormTracker weather alerts, Making a Difference highlights people who have a positive impact, Crime-Stoppers generates tips to solve local crimes and Bill’s Weather 101, airing for nearly a quarter of a century, helps children learn about and predict the weather. Our station’s goal is to inspire and inform our family and friends in the community, and our viewers respond by tuning in and always counting on LEX 18.
WLEX-TV (LEX 18)
1065 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40505
Andrew Shenkan, Station Manager
Brian Neal, News Director
E.W. Scripps, Cincinnati, Ohio
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