Breakfast in New Orleans

Friday, May 16.
The New Orleans Marriott.
8:00 – 9:00 am. Light breakfast served.


Please join us at the PRC for a “breakfast briefing” on the Public Radio Exchange’s progress and preparations for imminent launch. We are gearing up for the first release of the PRX website and services over the coming summer, and we’re eager to tell you about it and get your input and ideas.

Over coffee and some Big Easy breakfast fare, we will:

  • bring you up to date on the business planning, goals, and timeline of the PRX
  • talk about the three key PRX services: digital distribution, peer review, and the PRX economy
  • discuss the proposed models for use: showcase, modular, Internet, and station-station exchanges
  • talk about the PRX’s emerging role in the public radio landscape, its relationship to PRSS and others
  • show you new screenshots from the forthcoming PRX beta release
  • brainstorm (if possible in the A.M.) on additional and future opportunities on the new PRX platform

You might want to check in at “Some Assembly Required: Collaboration and Systems for the Digital Age” with Jake Shapiro from the PRX, Marty Bloss of PRSS, and Bill Buzenberg of the Public Radio Collaboration.

We look forward to seeing you at the PRC!

RSVP to Jake Shapiro:


Update: photos, audio, and slides available.
PRX Executive Director Jake Shapiro will be on a panel Saturday May 17 at the annual Public Radio Conference in New Orleans discussing digitial distribution and its impact on programming, alongside representives of the PRSS ContentDepot and the Public Radio Collaboration. Jake and PRX technical manager Steve Schultze will be on hand throughout the conference to answer questions about the PRX and demonstrate some prototypes. Contact Jake or Steve if you are planning to attend the conference and would like to schedule a meeting.


PRX Executive Director Jake Shapiro and co-founder Jay Allison will be participating in the National Federation of Community Broadcasters 28th annual conference in San Francisco, March 2003, as well as the subsequent Association of Independents in Radio “Producers Intensive”.

On Thursday, March 20 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm PRX Executive Director Jake Shapiro will be on a panel at the NFCB Conference entitled “Using the Web to Expand Your Service”.

And on Sunday, March 23, Shapiro and Allison will conduct two sessions on “Making PRX Work” at the AIR event.

Click here for more information on the NFCB conference.

Click here for more information on the AIR Producers Intensive.

Airspace Features PRX

The Winter 2003 edition of Airspace, a publication of The Association of Independents in Radio, contains a feature on PRX entitled “A New Online Marketplace for Audio”.

Click here to download the PDF version of the newsletter. The PRX feature is on pages 18-20.

“The Public Radio Exchange (PRX) is about to change the landscape of the public radio world. Whether you think of it as a bridge between producers and stations, a market square for community commerce, or a new hall for social and business gatherings, this new structure now being built in cyberspace will bring about a tectonic shift not only in the way people in the system connect with each other, but in the way independently produced audio reaches stations and listeners.”

New Online Surveys

The Radio Exchange has posted two new online surveys as part of a business and technology planning process. The surveys are for content creators and content acquirers – mostly producers and stations. Please take a minute to fill one or both of them out (they are quite short and sweet) and help the Radio Exchange build a better service.

Radio Exchange at Third Coast

The Radio Exchange will be at the Third Coast International Audio Festival conference in Chicago, October 31-November 2, 2002.

In addition to attending conference events, doing lots of listening, and meeting as many producers as possible, Jake Shapiro and Jay Allison of the Radio Exchange will serve on panels at the conference:

What it takes to get your work on the national airwaves. Representatives from NPR, PRI and the new Radio Exchange will explain how to get work on national vehicles and how to distribute stand-alone specials and series. They will address such important issues as pay, producer credits, rights and editorial control. With Peggy Girshman (NPR,) Jake Shapiro (Radio Exchange) and Heidi Schultz (Public Radio International).(click here for the archived RealAudio stream of the “Airtime” panel)

Jay Allison will lead a discussion about the ways in which documentarians must be skilled in the art of trespassing — into the lives of others, between mediums, and across boundaries that exist within their own roles as journalists, reporters, historians, interpreters, and storytellers. With documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Barret, documentary photographer Joel Meyerowitz and co-producer of Ghetto Life 101 and Remorse, LeAlan Jones.

“Why Fund Media?” highlights the Radio Exchange

The Council on Foundations has released a report for the foundation and media communities entitled “Why Fund Media?”, which features the Radio Exchange alongside new radio projects such as the Third Coast Festival and The report focuses on “the unique effect media can have in advancing program goals”, and “supports grantmakers in their decision to fund media projects.”

Here’s an excerpt of the article on radio projects:

“[Jay] Allison has now joined with the Station Resource Group, a membership organization of leading public radio stations, to develop another idea that might bring even more independently produced pieces to a wider audience: The Radio Exchange (

The Radio Exchange will be an online clearinghouse for works from independent producers and stations across the country. Contributors will encode their pieces in MP3 digital audio format and upload them to a database. Staffers at public radio stations will then visit the site, read synopses and reviews of the uploaded works, and download them for broadcast on a locally produced show. The Radio Exchange will “move the center” of the public radio system, Allison says, and begin making a truly decentralized network of producers and stations. The project recently received its first major support from the Corporate for Public Broadcasting.

‘If the mechanism were in place so that the real diversity of program material could get to the air, and stations committed the time, we could have a whole different range of voices on the air,” he says. ‘Once that exists I think support [from foundations] would be a much more attractive option.'”

Click here to read the full artcile.

Click here to visit the “Why Fund Media?” website.