Emily posted on Friday, May 20th, 2011 | Blog, PRX | No Comments
Earlier this month PRX launched new sharing options that allow producers and stations to embed PRX audio players in their websites, blogs and elsewhere. KFAI was one of the first stations to try it all out. When their acting News Director, Todd Melby, began embedding their pieces on the KFAI homepage and Facebook… this happened:
Do you see the y-axis? Those page views are in the thousands.
Emily posted on Monday, May 16th, 2011 | Blog, PRX, PRX Projects | No Comments
Today Public Radio Remix — our 24/7 stream of audio awesomeness — went live on WREM 88.1FM in Canton, NY. WREM is a brand new acquisition of North Country Public Radio, owned and operated by St. Lawrence University. Take a look at their spiffy Remix webpage, which has current and upcoming playlists, links to each story, a feed of the Public Radio Remix blog, and more.
WREM joins KPBZ in Spokane, WA as our second terrestrial station carrying Public Radio Remix.
We want to thank North Country Public Radio Program Director Jackie Sauter, Chief Engineer Bob Sauter and General Manager Ellen Rocco for making this launch as easy as pie. We’re thrilled!
Our 24/7 stream of juicy good storytelling — formerly known as REMIX Radio and formerly broadcast on XM 136 — underwent a few changes last week.
New Satellite Channel: 123
The first thing to know is that our XM channel has changed to XM 123. Not bad numbers, right?
We’re not the only ones with a new channel. After Sirius and XM merged in 2008, SiriusXM has finally remapped their channel lineup to integrate stations from both networks into a single program schedule. It all went down last week.
New Name: Public Radio Remix
To go along with our shiny new SiriusXM Channel, PRX is also announcing a new name for our 24/7 stream of public radio goodness: Public Radio Remix. We liked our old name, REMIX Radio, but rather than eschew our public radio heritage, we want to embrace it. We are Public Radio Remix, public radio that sounds and feels decidedly different, but is still very much, public radio. Public radio rocks.
Although our blog has moved here and our XM station is now parked at XM 123, we are still streaming from the same place online and broadcasting on the air in Spokane, WA on KPBZ. Not listening yet? Click that orange player.
Get In Touch
Are you a radio maker? Submit your stories to Public Radio Remix.
Are you listening to Public Radio Remix? Let us know what you think at remix (at) prx (dot) org.
Emily posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 | Blog | No Comments
Say hello to the new PRX embeddable audio player. It was launched today along with sharing options for social media which allow both producers and listeners to share full-length playable PRX pieces on Facebook.
Try the new embeddable audio player:
See how it looks on Facebook – ready to play:
We’re also offering short URLs for sharing on Twitter and elsewhere.
Note: The embeddable audio player can only be enabled for pieces on paid PRX accounts. All producers should update piece permissions in order to get started embedding the PRX player and sharing pieces on Facebook.
This has been in the works for many months and entailed all kinds of changes behind the scenes. We’re eager for your feedback and suggestions for ways to improve the embedded player and sharing options, so drop us a line at prxhelp prx.org.
We also owe a big thanks to our beta testers who helped us bang away on this over the last month. Check ‘em out:
Todd Melby and KFAI
Tim Lloyd with Harvest Public Media
the Word of Mouth folks at NHPR
Emily posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 | Blog, PRX, PRX Projects, Tech | 1 Comment
We’re pretty into our phones over here at PRX. And that’s as it should be, I suppose, as many of us spend our days conceiving, coding and promoting mobile apps for public radio.
A couple months ago Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman — equipped with his first-ever iPhone — asked me what PRX’s favorite apps are. I put the question to my colleagues, and return with the following list of our favorite mobile apps.
First, meet our team of mobile app enthusiasts:
Our big list of favorite apps:
|Ad Hoc Helper App||Matt||The Ad Hoc Helper allows developers to create a special version of their apps that can be run on anyone’s iPhone outside of the normal AppStore channels.||iPhone|
|Amazon Kindle||John||Kindle books on your phone including thousands of free books.||Android|
|Android API Browser
||Chris||Not amazing as an app, but the first android app on the market written 100% in Ruby.||Android|
|AnyStop||Robert||Real-time MBTA bus schedules.||Android|
|Audible||John||“This free app features the most comprehensive audiobook experience ever, including Wi-Fi delivery of your Audible.com library.”||Android|
|Beluga & GroupMe
||Farski||Group texting, even with feature phones. Maybe the best thing ever.
|Bloom||Jake, Robert||“Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen.”||iPhone|
|Boston Bus Map
||Robert||Real-time MBTA bus schedules.||Android|
|Camera (on the device)||Matt, Kerri||iPhone|
|Catch The Bus||Matt, Rekha
||More GPS-driven MBTA bus schedules.
I love/Hate this one. – Matt
I feel the same way about it on Android – Rekha
|Chirp! for iPhone
||Rekha||Look up birds from any region and play their songs. John (hubby) and I use it to freak out birds from other regions.
|Clock/Stopwatch (on the device)||Robert||iPhone|
|Congress for Android
||Chris||Indispensable. One reason to be on Android. – Chris
Track elected officials’ activities, read the latest bills and laws…
|Cut The Rope||Robert||A game that’s easy to start and hard to finish.||iPhone|
||Chris||Keep your music synced without ever plugging in.||Android|
|Dropbox||Farski||Instant Cloud for photos and files.
|Epicurious||Rekha, Kerri||Great recipes, and it generates a shopping list for you.
||Robert||Has the best Sudoku hint system.||iPhone|
|FIP for iPhone
||Rekha||Amazing Paris radio station – every song is a winner.
|Kerri, Rekha||Socializing without all that nasty human interaction.
|Flash Player 10.2
||Chris||Browse the whole web.||Android|
|FlightView||John||Real time flight info.
||Jake, Kerri||Genius Scan turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner, enabling you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF.||iPhone|
||Roman||Space shooter game.
|Gigstar – Music Guide
||Chris||There *are* shows you don’t know you’re missing.||Android|
||Farski||Share your location with friends.
|Google Maps (on the device)||Kerri, Chris, Rekha||The BEST google maps experience ever is the one on Android. Same deal for GMail. – Chris
I don’t know, I think Google Maps are more usable on iPhone, strangely. – Rekha
||Farski||Phone service with cheap international rates, and helps organize your calls and texts.
||Jones||Take photos with an analog feel.
||Rekha||As much for the decent UI as for the content. Not a lot of great news apps on Android yet.
|Inception||Jake||Also from RJDJ, this app plays music based on the ambiet information it receives through the phone’s mic.
||Robert||Great for finding good Netflix instant streaming movies.||iPhone|
|Itsy Bitsy Spider
||Jake||“Award-winning Childrens’ app.”
|KCRW Radio||John||Live stream and on demand.
||Robert||Alerts when your books are due.||iPhone|
||Farski||Free turn-by-turn navigation and driving directions.||iPhone|
||Jake||“Melodica is a revolutionary music application that mixes lights and sounds in a unique way, allowing anyone to compose music intuitively creating amazing visual effects just with the tips of your fingers.”||iPhone|
|Mobile Mouse||Matt||Remote trackpad.
|Mobile Safari (on the device)||Matt, Robert||iPhone|
||Farski||Tracks your path and gives you a bunch of extra data. Great for cycling.
||Farski||Explore space through videos, images and more.
|NPR News for Android NPR News for iPhone
||John, Kerri||Android, iPhone|
||Farski, Kerri||First listens, interviews with artists, and good lists and mixes||iPhone|
|Netflix||Matt, Robert, Kerri, Farski||Instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.||iPhone|
|Notes (on the device)||Robert||iPhone|
|Osmos||Jake, Robert||“Asteroids meets a lava-lamp.”||iPhone|
|Pandora||Matt, Robert, Kerri, Jones, Farski||Personalized radio streams.
|Papa Sangre||Jake||A video game without the video.
|Public Radio Player for iPhone
||Rekha||From PRX! Find your favorite public radio stations and shows, streaming and On-Demand.
|RDIO||Chris, Robert||Mounds of music for $10/month. – Robert||Android|
|RJDJ||Roman, Robert||Reactive music, the next step in the evolution of music. I did a story about it a couple years back. http://bit.ly/e274XK. – Roman||iPhone|
|Remodium||Farski||Allows you to remotely access Adium on your Mac.||iPhone|
|Shazam||Kerri||Discover new music through your friends.
||Robert||Read lyrics while using Pandora or RDIO.||Android|
|Soundcloud||Jones||Record, listen and share your sounds on the go.||iPhone|
|Speedtest||Matt||Measure the network speed of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.||iPhone|
|Square Up||Matt||Reads credit cards.
|SynchStep||Robert||Automatically finds music to match your pace.||iPhone|
|TestFlight||Matt||Beta testing on the fly.
|The Weather Channel
|This American Life||Kerri, Robert||Developed by yours truly!
|Tiny Wings||Roman, Farski||Move over angry birds.
|Trace||Robert||Free, and my 8 year old son enjoys it.||iPhone|
|Matt, Kerri, Rekha||iPhone, Android|
||Jake||A puzzle-ey block game.
|WeatherBug||John||Get the weather.
|WhiteNoise||Matt||Ambient sounds for sleeping.
|Yelp||Jones, Rekha||Restaurant and other business reviews. Monocle on the iPhone is pretty cool.
Emily posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011 | Blog, Press Releases | 2 Comments
We were thrilled to get notified yesterday that The Moth Radio Hour has received a 2010 Peabody Award. Our joint press release with our partners at The Moth and Atlantic Public Media is below, along with the video trailer for our new season of The Moth Radio Hour, opening May 1st.
The Moth Radio Hour is thrilled and honored to receive a 70th Annual Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media for 2010. The Moth Radio Hour is a production of The Moth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to live storytelling. It is presented by PRX (Public Radio Exchange), and produced by Jay Allison and Viki Merrick of Atlantic Public Media.
“Storytelling, likely the oldest art, is revered and reinvigorated by this hour for everyday raconteurs,” write the Peabody judges.
Since its 2009 debut, The Moth Radio Hour has been an instant success, airing on more than 200 public radio stations and delighting listeners across the United States. It is one of an impressive 18 public media productions to win a Peabody this year.
“Just like our live shows, The Moth Radio Hour connects people everywhere through stories of bravery, wit, and humor,” said Joan Firestone, Executive Director of The Moth.
The Moth Radio Hour is a powerful selection of stories from The Moth’s live performance programs: The Moth Mainstage where celebrities appear alongside unique voices from all walks of life; The Moth’s StorySLAM competitions, which are open to all and rapidly expanding to cities across the country; and The Moth’s community outreach program, MothShop, which brings workshops to people whose stories would otherwise go unheard. The Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating.
“The Moth Radio Hour is the realization of my ten-year-long dream to bring The Moth to public radio,” said Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of The Moth. “We have long felt that radio was the perfect medium for our stories, and we are touched by the generous response from listeners and stations.”
The Moth Radio Hour, hailed as “brilliant and quietly addictive” by London’s Guardian, features old-fashioned storytelling on modern themes by diverse raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors. The Moth organization was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings in his native Georgia, where moths were attracted to lights on the porch while he and his friends told tales. Since then, The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.
“I love the feeling of The Moth. You can feel the risk each storyteller takes, getting up before us to recount something spellbinding and real. It makes you recognize how rare it is to hear truly honest, vulnerable voices on the airwaves,” says Jay Allison, a veteran radio producer now with six Peabodys to his credit.
“Public radio at its best connects compelling stories to communities to make a difference. We are incredibly proud that Peabody recognizes The Moth Radio Hour‘s excellence, and can’t wait to bring more of it to millions of listeners,” says Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX.
The Moth Radio Hour is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Moth, Atlantic Public Media, and PRX congratulate all the winners of this illustrious prize.
For more information, visit www.themoth.org, www.prx.org/themoth, and www.atlantic.org.
Since November 2008 when we rolled out the “new” PRX 3.0, our team of developers has been working hard to make the site faster, easier and more useful for everyone who uses it: that’s producers, stations and listeners, too. Last night we released PRX 3.12, which includes some exciting changes.
- The My PRX page (like an accounts dashboard) has been reorganized to help you find what you are looking for. And not only is the activity graph easier to read, but the data being reported is more accurate — thanks to complicated technical changes our Tech Director Andrew Kuklewicz will be documenting on our techie blog, PRX Labs.
- Group, station and PRX Network administrators can now add members in fewer steps from their Manage Members page.
- Audio processing has been improved along with error reporting for unprocessed audio.
- Illinois Public Media’s public radio station WILL will hitherto show up in search results as a station rather than the stop-search word for the future tense of the verb “to be.”
- And lastly (and more seriously), we are pleased to introduce some new sharing options for Facebook and Twitter. You can now share playable 30-second previews of PRX pieces on Facebook, and include PRX short URLs in Twitter updates. Consider these features a preview of the more advanced sharing options we’ll be rolling out soon — which will allow paid PRX producers to make their full pieces playable on Facebook, and embeddable on blogs and websites. Interested in trying out the advanced sharing options as a beta tester? Give us a holler.
Emily posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 | Blog, Zeitfunk | No Comments
Check out all the winners of PRX Zeitfunk Awards, and stay tuned for our Virtual Awards Ceremony, coming soon with pictures of PRX’s ever-so attractive Zeitfunk winners bearing their oh-so goofy trophies.
We’re excited to announce that our CEO, Jake Shapiro, will be one of 11 new Ashoka News & Knowledge Fellows. Ashoka is a nonprofit organization promoting social entrepreneurship in what they call the “global citizen sector.” Jake will join over 100 News & Knowledge fellows, supported by Ashoka’s 3-year-long partnership with the John S. and James Knight Foundation.
From Ashoka’s recent press release:
Jake is democratizing public media by creating an open architecture and marketplace that invites new voices, surfaces compelling stories, and leads the transition from broadcasting to an interactive multiplatform future.
Other new News and Knowledge fellows include: Kara Andrade of HablaCentro, who is “expanding people’s access to information in remote areas of Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica,” and Chiranuch Premchaiporn, who’s “online newspaper, Prachatai, engages tens of thousands of marginalized citizens and interest groups amid continuing government efforts to systemically control and disrupt information.”
Find out about all 11 new News & Knowledge fellows.
Emily posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 | Blog, PRX in the News | No Comments
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