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Zeitfunk 2014: Outside Purchaser that Licensed the Most

The Outside Purchaser that Licensed the Most category is open to any OP* on PRX.

Here are our top OP’s that Licensed the Most on PRX. PRX Remix licensed the most stories in 2014, however since we would rather not award ourselves, we’ll be awarding the runner-up.

PRX Remix (761 licenses)
*WINNER* Radio New Zealand (76 licenses)
Accessible Media Inc.
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Check out the rest of the Zeitfunk categories as well as other useful stats and facts.

* Outside Purchasers are groups on PRX who can purchase content and are not public radio stations in the United States. Read more about the Outside Purchaser program here.

Zeitfunk 2014

It’s that time of year again – time when we reflect upon the past year, tally up the licenses and listens, and give you a picture of what the action is like on We’ll be announcing the nominees through this week, so stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for announcements.

First, some stats:

During 2014
8701 unique pieces were licensed, many of those licensed more than once, with a total of 36,629 licenses..
200 new producers sold pieces
517 new series were created.
and 15,591 new pieces were published.

By Dec. 31st, 2014, PRX had:
636 active stations on PRX licensing stories.
3851 producers posting stories on PRX.
And check out our most licensed story lengths – producers, find out what’s selling!

And now for the the 2014 Zeitfunk Categories!

Most Licensed Producer, Most Licensed Group, and Most Licensed Station

Most Licensed Series | Most Licensed Story

Most Licensed Debut Producer and Most Licensed Debut Group

Station that Licensed the Most | Outside Purchaser that Licensed the Most

Most Listened-To Story

Most Licensed Producer, Group and Station by PRX Remix

PRX Staff Favorites of 2014

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Most Licensed Story Lengths

We often get asked from producers, “How long should my story be?” To which we respond…”It depends.”

It’s a great question though, so we thought we’d dive-in a little bit more and show you some stats from the past year.

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Image via Shutterstock.

The Most Licensed Story Lengths of 2014:

55-60 min. (14375 licenses)
0-5 min. (6134 licenses)
50-55 min. (4928 licenses)
5-10 min. (2469 licenses)
115-120 min. (1952 licenses)
25-30 min. (1917 licenses)
20-25 min. (1817 licenses)
10-15 min. (886 licenses)
30-35 min. (533 licenses)
110-115 min. (451 licenses)

Cool numbers but, what does this mean?

Well, first, keep in mind that this is the current licensing habits of the stations on PRX and not reflective of what we think is awesome. We understand there is so much rad work out there that might not fit into a broadcast clock.

To answer your question though, these numbers mean that the most licensed type of work on PRX is the hour-long, weekly series and this has to do with a) the broadcast friendly length and b) that it is recurring content which is licensed every week. Often stations are trying to fill holes during long weekends, or they need to pick up a weekly show to fill their schedule.

And what’s up with those 0 to 5 minute stories?

These numbers also suggest that shorter stories (meaning under 5 minutes) do well also.

Stations often use these to fit into Morning Edition or All Things Considered. Or, some stations have shows where they regularly feature stories from PRX, for example, KFAI’s Listening Lounge. Another great example is our own PRX Remix which is regularly licensing shorter works of around 5 to 10 minutes in length.

Don’t be discouraged, but do keep yourself informed. Check out the new NPR broadcast clocks and start thinking about the length of your story and whether or not it is helping your chances of being licensed by a station.

That’s all well and great but I’m a podcaster and I don’t care about being licensed by stations.

Great, in that case, screw the clocks! Listen to this episode of 99% Invisible and read this article by Julia Barton about the difference in editing for podcast versus broadcast.

Check out more interesting stats from our annual awards ceremony, Zeitfunk 2014.

Zeitfunk 2014: Most Licensed Story

The Most Licensed Story category is open to any individual piece on PRX that was not not part of a recurring series.

Here are our top 10 most-licensed stories on PRX.

Check out the rest of the Zeitfunk categories as well as other useful stats and facts.

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Zeitfunk 2014: Most Licensed Series

The Most Licensed Series category is open to series on PRX that were not part of an annual subscription. Other popular series not listed because they are subscription-only include This American Life, The Moth, the WFMT Network, Sound Opinions and more.

Here are our top 10 most-licensed series on PRX.

*WINNER* Folk Alley (1,845 licenses)
Moyers & Company
Global Village with Chris Heim
Vinyl Cafe
The Bluegrass Review
99% Invisible
Stuck in the Psychedelic Era
Blue Dimensions
The Latin Alternative
L.A. Theatre Works

Check out the rest of the Zeitfunk categories as well as other useful stats and facts.

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Zeitfunk is coming…

Zeit-what? That’s right. We’re tallying up the numbers, licenses and listens for our annual Zeitfunk Awards. For the uninitiated, check out Zeitfunks past.

We’re doing things a little differently this year and will be announcing our nominees next week, with winners being announced February 9.

Who was the most licensed producer in 2014? Or the most listened-to show?

Stay tuned to find out if you’re a nominee!

What to Listen to During Snowmageddon 2015

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Image via Shutterstock.

If you’re in the Northeast then you’re (hopefully) aware of what is about to go down, weather-wise. It just started snowing here in Cambridge and it’s pretty light…FOR NOW.

In anticipation of being trapped in our houses, we’ve put together a playlist of stories for the snowbound.

Some of the stories celebrate snow while others celebrate…Hawaii. We’ve got entertaining listens as well as meditative ones. Some new Radiotopia episodes as well as the classic Joe Strummer’s London Calling which we highly recommend for cabin fever.

Grab a hot toddy and enjoy the full playlist here.

Best Youth-Made Radio of 2014

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Image via Shutterstock.

Thank you to everyone who nominated their favorite youth-made stories of the past year. Young people are making a tremendous amount of radio and we want to highlight some of that work. Keep it up!

Thanks also to the amazing educators out there training the next generation of radio-makers.

Take a listen to these stories which range from a teen’s take on life in poverty to a story about Costa Rica’s culture of conservation.

We encourage you to reach out to these young producers and comment on their story to tell them what you think.

Happy listening!

The Future of State of the Re:Union

Dear Stations,

Seven years ago, the CPB-funded “Public Radio Talent Quest” went looking for new voices. A defining quality of the search was “hostiness,” people an audience would want to spend time with, and explore with. One of those voices was Al Letson, who created and has been producing State of the Re:Union since 2008 for NPR, PRX, and the more than 200 stations that have supported each season.

This winter, Al Letson will partner with PRX to host Reveal, a new, weekly investigative news program from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. Watch for Reveal‘s debut in January 2015.

In turn, in Spring 2015, following the release of new Black History Month (February 2015) and National Poetry Month (April 2015) programs, State of the Re:Union will end production of its 10-programs-a-year seasons. However, Al and WJCT (SOTRU’s producing station) are exploring opportunities for additional SOTRU specials in 2015.

The 2014 fall season of five SOTRU programs is available now to all NPR Member Stations, on both Content Depot and — have a listen now. It’s filled with the kind of work that won Al Letson and producer Laura Starecheski an Edward R. Murrow Award for the episode, “The Hospital Always Wins,” last season. SOTRU has been recognized with the Murrow two years in a row.

NPR and PRX’s collaboration with Al, CPB and WJCT/Jacksonville to share the program is something we’re all are proud of. Keep an eye out for more on Al’s new show, as well as details on possible SOTRU specials in 2015. We thank the stations who have and will continue to present Al Letson’s work, and the man himself for telling the story of America, one community at a time.


Israel Smith, NPR
John Barth, PRX