PRX receives major NTIA grant

On October 1, 2003, the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the award of $13.95 million in Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) grants to 28 non-profit organizations, including state, local, and tribal governments, in 22 states. TOP received 569 applications for FY2003 funds.

The Public Radio Exchange (PRX) was awarded $328,255 in matching funds to develop, implement,and evaluatethe station collaboration elements of PRX.

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AIR member invite & discount

Today the PRX issued an open invitation to members of the Association of Independents in Radio:

“Dear AIR members:

The Public Radio Exchange (PRX) is up and running and we invite you to sign up! The PRX is about bringing new voices to the airwaves, creating a new revenue stream for producers, and helping noncommercial radio stations assemble diverse and exceptional programming.

We are offering free starter accounts for anyone interested in trying out the system, and we are also offering all AIR members a 20% discount on Charter Membership with the PRX.
Visit PRX Membership for more details and to sign up.

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Update: photos

The Public Radio Exchange team will be in Phoenix at the annual Public Radio Program Directors’ conference September 10-13. PRX will have a booth and conference attendees will get a first look at version 1.0 of the PRX!

PRX and the Public Radio Collaboration

PRX is gearing up to work with this year’s Public Radio Collaboration – a coalition of public radio stations and producers across the country sharing programs and crafting their local air, all during the same week (November 3-9), to create a national conversationon on the issue of “Whose Democracy Is It?” PRX will host the audio and related materials for Collaboration programs as they become available in mid-September 2003, in preparation for the coordinated week of programming November 3-9. Collaboration producers will upload their content to PRX, and stations will be given free trial accounts on PRX to audition, review, and download via PRX. The Collaboration is “a coalition of public radio stations and producers across the country sharing programs and crafting their local air, all during the same week, to create a national conversation. This year, the week is November 3-9. And the issue is “Whose Democracy Is It?”

AIR member spotlight

UPDATE: Chat transcript posted online.
PRX Executive Director Jake Shapiro is the guest this week on the Association of Independents in Radio “member spotlight”. The live online chat will take place Tuesday, August 12 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Jake will discuss PRX, its development and plans for the future, as well as his own career in and out of public radio that led to working on PRX.


PRX is currently in early beta-testing of the new web application that supports the full range of PRX services. We are about to invite a limited number of producers, stations, and others to help us test and tweak the site. If you’re interested in being a beta-tester (sorry, not a paid gig!) Steve Schultze, PRX Technical Manager (steve <a>