2007 PRX Staff Yearbook Awards

PRX employee:
. . . with the weirdest pets: Jake
. . . who survived the most interviews: Genevieve
. . . with all the bank: Kerri
. . . who is the best tap dancer: Matt
. . . who knows the most about Mormon underwear: Nathan
. . . whose children have written the most songs about PRX: Robert
. . . who can save the “Internets” with duct tape and a wire hanger: Andrew
. . . with the cutest home-office coworker: Adrianne
. . . who needs to catch up the most on “Lost”: Dan
. . . with hair to rival John Edwards: John
. . . whose dog likes to join in on conference calls: Jones

PRX Haikus by John Barth

Mouse clicks like hammers
Both building and cracking
Creating the new.

Small company seeks
Cheap lease, nice kitchen and deck
Five landlords hate us.

Where is Jake today?
He and Halley might appear
I’m feeling lucky

Milestones to 3-O
Jump the many lillypads
The frog knows Drupal.

John is on the phone
He says his email is gone
Where’s my burrito?

Four years building this
Radio is our business
Must I say ‘newshole?’


PRXers, past and present

Thanks, 2007 Zeitfunk winners, for all your hard work!

Talent Quest winner Rebecca in Boston Globe

The Boston Globe profiles Rebecca Watson, one of the three winners of the PRX Public Radio Talent Quest.

Just making it this far “is quite an achievement,” says Jake Shapiro, the executive director of the Cambridge-based Public Radio Exchange, which ran the contest. “We had over 1,400 entries.”

Watson, Shapiro explains, was a long shot, particularly in the contest’s early rounds, which combined open voting with judging by public-radio professionals. “She was the one that made it all the way through most improbably,” Shapiro says. “She was a popular pick. She wasn’t one of the judges’ picks. What I think is part of [Watson’s] success is that she earned the judges’ respect.”

You can hear all three pilots from Rebecca, Al and Glynn on the Public Radio Talent Question website, and they are also available on PRX for anyone to listen, rate and review and for public radio stations to license for broadcast.

New Administrative Associate

Hi PRX-world! I joined PRX two weeks ago as the new administrative associate. I’m loving PRX and the whole giant-college-campus feel of Boston (school without the homework can never be bad).

I just graduated from college with a major in government and a minor in dance, so naturally the first job I got this summer involved writing help documentation for a technology startup. Several user manuals later, I feel prepared to take on your help questions, which is one of the things I’ll be doing for PRX.

Before graduating and becoming a “real person,” I soaked up all the unique intern experiences I could from the D.C. area, where I grew up. (If you’re from the area you know that the Beltway commute = a lot of public radio listening time.) I conducted interviews for College Media News and braved a scary abandoned hospital for an indie horror film. I wrote a restaurant review and a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” event preview, plus worked on the Shakespeare in Washington festival feature for washingtonpost.com’s City Guide.

A friend introduced me to PRX, and I am lucky to have a job that combines working for a cause and being surrounded by unique journalism and broadcasting. While I couldn’t pick just one piece on PRX that I like the best, as a performing arts lover, I really enjoyed Designing Dance.

I’m looking forward to the months ahead here at PRX!