John Barth joins PRX as Station Collaboration Manager

February 4, 2004


CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Public Radio Exchange (PRX) announced that veteran public radio news producer and Internet executive John Barth has been named Station Collaboration Manager.

“John is taking on a key role in fostering station use of PRX’s new tools and services,” said PRX Executive Director Jake Shapiro. “With his inside knowledge of the public radio world and unique experience in dynamic Internet ventures, John brings great insight and enthusiasm to this project.”

As Station Collaboration Manager, Barth will help stations use the PRX platform to support station-to-station exchanges, regional and thematic networks, and other creative programming approaches that will extend the reach and impact of their productions and strengthen the quality and depth of their broadcasts. He will also help stations and identify suitable broadcast opportunities for the best work of independent and station-based producers that is offered on PRX.

“PRX is one of those rare tools that can change public radio for years to come,” says John. “It is the fastest way to help programmers find new radio works, new talent, and assist producers in locating new outlets.”

John recently completed the job of Editorial Director for the Public Radio Collaboration project Whose Democracy Is It? He guided and oversaw the production of 78 programs from stations, independents and national programs that aired nationwide during the collaboration week in November, 2003.

John was a Vice President at, the leading premium spoken word web site, where he was in charge of the web site and original programming. He was the founding producer of Marketplace; news director at WHYY-FM; and was General Manager of News, Politics and Reference at America Online which under his direction became the most popular online news site.

PRX is an Internet-based platform for digital distribution, peer review, and licensing of public radio content. PRX invites new voices to the airwaves, helps noncommercial radio stations assemble diverse and exceptional programming, and creates new revenue streams for producers and stations.

PRX is a collaboration of the Station Resource Group and Atlantic Public Media, with support from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, NTIA’s Technology Opportunities Program, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.