Public Radio Exchange

PRXThe Public Radio Exchange is an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming. PRX is also a growing social network and community of listeners, producers, and stations collaborating to reshape public radio. The mission of PRX is to create more opportunities for diverse programming of exceptional quality, interest, and importance to reach more listeners.

When seeking content for his weekly program Arts & Ideas, a four-hour mix of eclectic programming, Jay Allison and A&I producer Viki Merrick imagined an online marketplace that featured work by independent producers. That daydream became a reality in 2003, when Allison, together with the Station Resource Group, co-founded the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) as an innovative Internet-based distribution system for public radio. PRX is reshaping the landscape of public radio and its success has been rewarded with a 2008 MacArthur “Genius” Award for Organizations.

Unlike traditional restrictive portals for producers trying to get their work broadcast, PRX is open to all producers so that every public radio station can access a vast array of new and different voices. PRX encourages the free and independent voice and artistic expression thanks to its vast database of peer-reviewed programming options. Supported by many major foundations, PRX has become a model for digital licensing, rights management, and distribution–all designed with the rights of the artist in mind.

Press from PRX site –

“It’s a smart solution to the problem of excellent and innovative productions failing to reach wide audiences.”
— The Boston Globe

“PRX is a sort of bottomless grab bag full of radio pieces. It is part radio distribution service and part peer-review resource.”
— The Washington Post

“After its first year, the nonprofit PRX Public Radio Exchange has received a clear signal that its idea of linking radio programs with stations in search of content is working.” — The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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