Today we are officially welcoming The WFMT Radio Network to PRX. The distributor and producer of dozens of series over hundreds of stations is now using PRX to distribute daily and weekly programs via our SubAuto system. Get all the detail in the press release below.
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WFMT Radio Network partners with PRX
in Comprehensive Distribution Agreement
Major independent producer and distributor of music and spoken word shifts entire
catalog to web-based broadcast distribution service
Chicago, Ill. (May 8, 2014). — The WFMT Radio Network announced today that it will begin delivering its entire catalog of programs through the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).
For over 40 years, The WFMT Radio Network in Chicago has been a major independent producer and distributor of classical, folk, jazz, and spoken word programming. The Network syndicates three daily programs, more than a dozen weekly series and several dozen specials each year aired by more than 300 stations (950 including translators and repeaters), reaching a cumulative 10-12 million listeners each week in the United States and 5-6 million listeners internationally.
PRX is public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of programs through a web-based platform that handles licensing, carriage billing, and metrics. PRX’s new subscription automation service (SubAuto) is already in use by hundreds of stations carrying The Moth Radio Hour, Sound Opinions, America’s Test Kitchen, American Routes, and other major programs. PRX has also expanded public media listening into new territories via its award-winning mobile apps and its PRX Remix stream.
“We are delighted to partner with PRX. Their innovative, user-friendly distribution tools will help us provide our U.S.-based affiliate stations with an even wider variety of programs in different formats, and to continue to expand our international production and distribution activities. The future has never looked brighter for us and we’re excited to be growing the Network in partnership with PRX,” said WFMT Radio Network Director of Syndication Tony Macaluso.
“The WFMT Radio Network is the source of an incredible catalog of arts and spoken word programming, and we are excited to join forces to extend its reach,” said PRX CEO Jake Shapiro. “PRX has built the bridge between broadcast and digital distribution, giving multi-faceted organizations such as The WFMT Radio Network opportunities to expand audience, impact, and revenue.”
The WFMT Radio Network will be moving off ContentDepot by July 1, 2014. PRX and The WFMT Radio Network are working with each station on the transition to the new service. Stations will not be charged any additional fees to access programs through PRX’s delivery system.
About The WFMT Radio Network
The WFMT Radio Network currently syndicates three daily radio programs/networks (Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, the Beethoven Network, and the Jazz Network), more than a dozen weekly series (including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Salzburg Festival, Relevant Tones, and Fiesta) and more than two dozen specials and short series each year. The WFMT Radio Network has also been pioneering online streaming of radio archives, including a site devoted to the popular daily program Exploring Music and the forthcoming Studs Terkel Radio Archive, which will feature more than 5,000+ interviews conducted by Terkel during his 40+ years at WFMT plus new work based on the archive.
These programs are used by more 300 primary stations (950+ including translators and repeaters) plus major national radio networks in more than 50 other countries. The Network is also an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (one of just five U.S. members). All told, WFMT Radio Network programs reach between 10 and 12 million listeners (Nielsen verified) per week in the United States plus another 5-6 million listeners per week internationally.
PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring significant stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including The Moth Radio Hour, Snap Judgment (with NPR), and 99% Invisible. PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX is also the leading mobile app developer for public media, with apps such as the Public Radio Player, Radiolab, This American Life, KCRW Music Mine, and more.
PRX was created through a collaboration of the Station Resource Group and Atlantic Public Media, and receives support from public radio stations and producers, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the Knight Foundation.