The 13th Annual Zeitfunk Awards

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We wear a lot of hats here at PRX, from distributing podcasts of all stripes, to running our Podcast Garage training facility in Boston, to managing our open audio marketplace at PRX.org.

Since our founding in 2003, our PRX.org marketplace has grown to house over 100,000 audio pieces—uploaded from around the world—from short, artsy works to hour-long music specials. Creators post their work on our site, and public radio stations and digital networks shop there for new work for their local audiences. The goal is to give great audio a second home online, and ideally a third home on broadcast and digital, where it can reach even more ears.

To celebrate our marketplace, we host our annual Zeitfunk awards. Below you’ll find the list of producers, programs and stations who sold the most in the PRX marketplace in 2016. These numbers are calculated from individual licenses of audio pieces on PRX. (Subscription-only shows like This American Life and The Moth are not included in these results.)

Most Licensed Pieces
1. Best of the Best: The 2016 Third Coast Festival Broadcast
2. The Rose Ensemble: Christmas in Baroque Malta from The WFMT Radio Network
3. Ten From David: A David Bowie Appreciation from Paul Ingles
4. A Bow To Prince: An Appreciation of The Artist from Paul Ingles
5. The Pioneers of Punk – Please Kill Me: Voices from the Archives from Creative PR

Most Licensed Series
(This list does not include subscription-only series, like This American Life and The Moth)
1. Global Village with Chris Heim
2. Classical Guitar Alive!
3. The International Americana Music Show
4. Travelers In The Night
5. Blue Dimensions
6. The Bluegrass Review
7. Stuck in the Psychedelic Era
8. Strange Currency
9. The Stone Age
10. The Latin Alternative

Most Licensed Producers
These are individual creators on PRX who sold the most.
1. Tony Morris
2. Daniel Wargo
3. Michael Park
4. Al Grauer
5. Philip Nusbaum
6. Stephen R Webb
7. Vic Muenzer
8. Mat Kaplan
9. Chris Kuborn
10. Jamie Hoover

Most Licensed Groups
Teams of producers who sold the most.
1. With Good Reason
2. Deutsche Welle
3. Bluesnet Radio
4. BackStory with the American History Guys
5. Science Update
6. NPR Music
7. L.A. Theatre Works
8. The Steve Pomeranz Show
9. Great Lakes Today
10. Footlight Parade

Most Licensed Stations
Stations are huge creators of work, too. These are the ones that sold the most in 2016.
1. KMUW
2. The WFMT Radio Network
3. WMHT
4. WSIU
5. WBEZ
6. WOUB
7. South Carolina ETV Radio
8. WKSU
9. Kansas Public Radio
10. Louisville Public Media

Most Licensed Debut Producers
Producers who were new to PRX in 2016 who sold the most.
1. Brooke Halpin
2. Matt Davenport
3. Ryan Sweikert
4. Reade Levinson

Most Licensed Debut Groups

Teams of producers who were new to PRX in 2016 who sold the most.
1. Great Lakes Today
2. The World According to Sound
3. On Being with Krista Tippett
4. Safe Space Radio
5. Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio
6. Outside Magazine

Most Licensed Producers by PRX Remix
PRX Remix is our XM Station, app, and broadcast show that purchases work directly from PRX.org. These are individual producers from which Remix purchased the most.
1. Nate DiMeo
2. Eric Molinsky
3. (tie) Erica Heilman and David Green

Most Licensed Groups by PRX Remix
PRX Remix is our Sirius XM station, app, and broadcast show that purchases work directly from PRX.org. These are teams of producers from which Remix purchased the most.
1. The World According to Sound
2. RadioArt
3. Criminal
4. (three-way tie) KCRW’s Independent Producer Project, HowSound, and Out of the Blocks

Stations That Licensed the Most
We like to honor the stations that license (download for air) the most from PRX as well.
1. WOUB
2. WLPR
3. KMXT
4. WMUU-LP
5. KMRE-LP
6. KCMJ Community Radio
7. KSRQ
8. RadioFreePalmer
9. KKRN
10. KKWE Niijii Radio

Most Licensed Piece Lengths
Producers, these are the lengths of pieces on PRX that sell the most. You can see that hour-long and 5-min. or shorter pieces are the most popular.
1. 55-60 min. (20,275 individual licenses on PRX in 2016)
2. 5 min. or less (6,883 licenses)
3. 50-55 min. (4,735 licenses)
4. 25-30 min. (2,746 licenses)
5. 5-10 min. (2,416 licenses)
6. 30-35 min. (982 licenses)
7. 10-15 min. (466 licenses)
8. 40-45 min. (356 licenses)
9. 60-65 min. (350 licenses)
10. 15-20 min. (213 licenses)
11. 35-40 min. (182 licenses)
12. 10-25 min. (176 licenses)
13. 45-50 min. (84 licenses)

Zeitfunk 2014…And the Winners Are

Congrats to all of our winners of Zeitfunk 2014! It was an amazing year with more pieces and more producers publishing on PRX.org than ever before.

Even if you don’t get to walk away with a beautiful Zeitfunk trophy, we want you to know that we appreciate all of the hard work that our producers and stations put in day-in and day-out.

Please keep posting your work on PRX and we will keep helping you get it out into the world and into listeners’ ears.
Thanks for being a part of the PRX community.

Most Licensed Producer:
Jeff Haas (more)

Most Licensed Group:
Moyers & Company (more)

Most Licensed Station:

WKSU (more)

Most Licensed Story:
Reveal Pilot #3 (more)

Most Licensed Series:
Folk Alley (more)

Most Licensed Debut Producer:
Clay Ryder (more)

Most Licensed Debut Group:
Mighty Writers (more)

Station that Licensed the Most Stories:
KMXT (more)

Most Listened-To Story:
Two Little Girls Explain the Worst Haircut Ever from Jeff Cohen (more)

Most Licensed Producer by PRX Remix:
David Schulman (more)

Most Licensed Group by PRX Remix:
BackStory with the American History Guys (more)

Most Licensed Station by PRX Remix:
KALW (more)

Outside Purchaser that Licensed the Most:
Radio New Zealand (more)

Zeitfunk 2014: Most Licensed Producer, Group and Station

The Most Licensed Producer, Group and Station categories are open to any account on PRX without a subscribable series.

Here are the top accounts. Stay tuned for the announcement of the first place winner, coming Feb. 13!

Producer:

*WINNER* Jeff Haas
Philip Nusbaum
Daniel Wargo
Stephen R. Webb
Charles Lee
Michael Park
Al Grauer
Chris Kuborn
Matt “The Cat” Baldassarri
Guy Rathbun

Group:

*WINNER* Moyers & Company
Vinyl Cafe
99% Invisible
BackStory with the American History Guys
Bluesnet Radio
SOTRU
With Good Reason
L.A. Theatre Works
NPR Music
Deutsche Welle
Isla Earth
Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie
A Way with Words
Third Coast International Audio Festival
Big Picture Science
Live Wire! Radio
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Philosophy Talk
National Endowment for the Arts

Station:

*WINNER* WKSU
KMUW
WMHT
The WFMT Radio Network
KCUR
WNYC
WBEZ
WQXR
WGUC
WXPN

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

Zeitfunk 2014: Most Listened-To Story

The Most Listened-To Story category is open to any story on PRX.

Here are the top stories.

*WINNER* Two Little Girls Explain The Worst Haircut Ever by Jeff Cohen (29,359 listens)
WTF Episode 106 with Robin Williams by WTF with Marc Maron
A Mormon, A Pickpocket and A Carpenter by The Moth
The Sound of a Working Textile Mill by Colin Kelley
WTF Episode 104 with Louis CK by WTF with Marc Maron

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

Zeitfunk 2014: Most Licensed Debut Producer and Group

The Most Licensed Debut Producer and Group categories are open to any producer or group on PRX whose account was created in 2014.

Here are the top debut accounts.

Producer:

*WINNER* Clay Ryder
Peter Johnson
Garrett Stack
W F Strong
Anna Rose MacArthur
Nancy Klingener

Group:

*WINNER* Mighty Writers (55 licenses)
Cannabis Radio News
ChavoBart Digital Media
Criminal
The Organist
University of Montana Journalism
Sundilla
This Instant Productions
The Thomas Jefferson Hour with Clay Jenkinson
Sidewalk Radio
Perspectives Radio
Pitch

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Zeitfunk 2014: Most Licensed by PRX Remix

The Most Licensed by PRX Remix categories are open to any station, producer and producer group on PRX.

Here are the top accounts licensed by PRX Remix.

Stations:

*WINNER* KALW (30 licenses)
WBEZ
KFAI
WFMT

Producers:

*WINNER* David Schulman (31 licenses)
Devon Strolovitch
Lauren Ober
Eric Molinsky
Tanner Latham
Jake Warga
Michael May
Benjamen Walker
Lea Thau

Groups:

*WINNER* BackStory with the American History Guys (49 licenses)
This Land Press
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
The Organist
HowSound
Life of the Law
StoryCorps
Blank on Blank
With Good Reason
Blunt Youth Radio Project
AIR (The Association of Independents in Radio)
Criminal
Open Source with Christopher Lydon

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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.
HowSound
Listen Edition

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* 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: Stations that Licensed the Most Stories

The Station That Licensed the Most category is open to any station on PRX.

Here are our top-10 Stations that Licensed the Most on PRX.

*WINNER* KMXT (1100 licenses)
WOUB
WLPR
KPVL
KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio
KKRN
KKWE Niijii Radio
KFOK
KEOS
KUOW

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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 PRX.org. 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.

Image via Shutterstock.
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.