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Buzz for Radiotopia’s storytelling superstars

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 06, 2016

Over the past few months, PKPR has secured feature stories on The Heart and Criminal, two of the podcasts on the Radiotopia network that are shaping the future of storytelling. Here are a few of the highlights…

The Heart: Kaitlin Prest and Mitra Kaboli document the most intimate, joyful, unusual, and crushing moments of human relationships
- Business Insider: Why podcasts feel so good when they talk about sex
- Huffington Post: Sex advice with the women of The Heart podcast
- Bustle: Seven podcasts that make you feel hopeful about love

Criminal: Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer explore people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
- Huffington Post: Before Serial, two women set out to bring true crime to podcasts
- Tech Times: Criminal creator talks podcast success and the obsession with true crime stories

Permalink | Posted on Apr 06, 2016 at 9:12 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Radiotopia launches “Project Greenlight for podcasters”

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 18, 2016

Aiming to discover the next podcasting star, Radiotopia today launchedPodquest, a competition that will give three finalists $10,000 and professional support to develop a podcast that could join the ranks of the network’s story-driven breakout hits like 99% Invisible, Criminal, and Song Exploder. PKPR kicked off the search with an exclusive story in Fast Company.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 9:44 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Song Exploder in SPIN, Vox, Gigwise

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 09, 2015

PKPR placed three terrific interviews recently in SPIN, Vox, and Gigwise with Hirishikesh Hirway, the musical mastermind behind the hit Radiotopia podcast Song Exploder.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 09, 2015 at 11:53 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX in Fast Co’s Most Innovative Companies

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 10, 2015

PRX received not one, but three shout outs in the March 2015 issue.

- PRX was named one of the world’s 10 most innovative media companies

- Radiotopia, its podcast network, was named one of the ten most innovative companies of Kickstarter

- Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX, is interviewed in an in depth feature article: The Future of Media is Podcasting

Permalink | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 11:04 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mashable on PRX’s newest series: Reveal

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 29, 2015

Continuing to reshape podcasting and public radio, PRX this week launched Reveal, the nation’s only public radio show and podcast devoted to investigative reporting. Mashable’s media reporter Jason Abbruzzese takes an in depth look at the new series.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 2:45 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Boston Globe profiles PRX founder Jake Shapiro

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 11, 2015

Terrific profile of PRX founder & CEO Jake Shapiro in today’s Boston Globe.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 11, 2015 at 12:19 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX featured in The Verge’s Top Shelf Series

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 05, 2014

Jake Shapiro of PRX is featured prominently in the fantastic episode of The Verge’s Top Shelf series looking at the innovators leading the new podcasting revolution.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 05, 2014 at 9:14 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Radiotopia breaks Kickstarter records

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 20, 2014


On November 14th, Radiotopia, the podcasting network from PRX, became the most funded Radio/Podcast project in Kickstarter history, raising $624,412 from over 21,808 backers, far surpassing its original goal of $250,000.

PKPR secured an exclusive on the campaign’s success in the New York Times and secured many stories on how Radiotopia is leading the podcasting revolution in outlets like Digiday, Fast Company, International Business Times, Upstart, Capital New York, Columbia Journalism Review, Mediabistro, and Current.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX Launches Radiotopia Podcast Network

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 14, 2014

To establish a model for sustaining quality, story-driven public radio shows, PRX last week launched Radiotopia, a podcast network of the best emerging and established talent. The launch is supported by $200,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Radiotopia is anchored by 99% Invisible, the popular design and architecture podcast hosted and produced by Roman Mars. Other podcasts in the inaugural lineup include Radio Diaries, Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, and Strangers, a fascinating look at how people connect in the modern world created by Lea Thau, former executive and creative director of The Moth.

Coverage of the launch included an interview with Mars on BoingBoing’s Gweek podcast, USA Today, The Guardian, The Verge, Mediabistro, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab, Current, Radio Survivor, and All Access.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX in USA Today

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 05, 2013

PRX and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) this week debuted a pilot for public radio’s first-ever investigative reporting series featuring an exclusive report and data analysis revealing how the Department of Veteran Affairs has overprescribed opiates to veterans since 9/11. 

As a result of PKPR’s outreach, USA Today media editor Rem Reider dedicated his weekly column to an in depth look at the series, heralding it as “very cool for a number of reasons.”

“For one thing, the advent of a new source of investigative reporting is always welcome news,” wrote Reider. “And the partnership highlights a number of encouraging trends that have emerged in the midst of the often-depressing news about traditional news organizations.”

Permalink | Posted on Oct 05, 2013 at 12:09 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX Remix App Gets Love from USA Today, Guardian

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 12, 2013

PRX this week launched the PRX Remix, a free app that brings listeners a curated mix of the most compelling radio stories, interviews, audio documentaries, and intriguing sounds from indie-produced features to podcast gems like The Moth, StoryCorps, 99% Invisible, The Kitchen Sisters, and WTF with Marc Maron. Aiming to be the greatest radio station of all time in your pocket, PRX Remix showcases a virtually endless stream of ear candy handpicked from all corners of the audio universe by PRX program director and 99% Invisible host Roman Mars (above).

Raves for the new came in from around the web including USA Today, The Guardian, Mediabistro, Current, and Nieman Journalism Lab

Permalink | Posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Public Radio Player app in Techcrunch, PandoDaily

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 15, 2013

Public Radio Exchange (PRX) released the first update in three years to its popular Public Radio Player iPhone app, which features a completely new interface and visual design. The free app was also updated to offer the best experience for streaming audio from over 500 public radio stations and 1,000 programs either live, on demand, and even offline.

Through targeted outreach under embargo, PKPR secured day of launch coverage in Techcrunch, PandoDaily, Mediabistro, Columbia Journalism Review, App Advice, All App News, and the Philadelphia Daily News

Permalink | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX’s ‘99% Invisible’ Breaks Kickstarter Record

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 27, 2012

99% Invisible, a “tiny radio show about design” that is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX), raised $170,477 from 5,661 backers, making it Kickstarter’s most funded journalism campaign ever!

Hosted by Roman Mars, who has been dubbed “the Ira Glass of design” by The New York Times design columnist Allison Arieff, 99% Invisible is the latest public radio show and podcast distributed by PRX to become a runaway hit. It recently reached #1 on the iTunes podcast charts, as well as #1 in both the Arts and Design categories.

PKPR leveraged 99% Invisible’sKickstarter success to get the program and PRX coverage in Mediabistro, Current, Core77, East Bay Express,  and Smart Planet.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Public Radio Exchange in New York Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 18, 2012

In a front page feature in today’s New York Times arts section, reporter Elizabeth Jensen took a look at the next generation of public radio shows poised to fill the void left by Car Talk when it stops producing news shows at the end of 2011. Jake Shapiro, executive director, of Public Radio Exchange (PRX), was featured prominently in the article, discussing PRX’s successful new public radio series including The Moth Radio Hour and Snap Judgment.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX’s Bullied Special Makes Headlines

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 23, 2012

With bullying in schools and on the Internet dominating the headlines, a new Public Radio Exchange special brought a fresh perspective to the issue with a collection of stories produced, reported, and hosted by teens who have experienced bullying firsthand or have been bullies themselves.

“Bullied: Teen Stories from Generation PRX” offered an hour of thought-provoking personal accounts, interviews, and examinations of bullying produced and told by youth reporters from Maine to Alaska to Sweden. Coverage of special ranged from a live interview and feature on Fox News to Huffington Post.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Public Media Accelerator in Mashable

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 09, 2012

PKPR is thrilled to be working with Public Radio Exchange (PRX) on developing the media strategy for the Public Media Accelerator, a $2.5 million tech incubator that aims to do for public broadcasting what accelerators like Code for America and RockHealth are doing for government and health care, respectively.

In advance of a series of events at SXSW Interactive, PKPR placed an exclusive with Mashable announcing that PRX hired Corey Ford, director of Innovation Endeavors’ Runway program, the start-up incubator at Eric Schmidt’s early stage venture capital firm, and former producer for the Emmy Award-winning PBS series FRONTLINE, has been tapped as the Public Media Accelerator’s director. Ford will oversee the program which will invest in mission-driven entrepreneurs from media, technology, and design to build ventures with the potential to reshape the future of public media.

Other coverage of the announcement included TechCrunch, Niemen Journalism Lab, Current, and Radio World.

Stay tuned for more news in the coming months!

Permalink | Posted on Mar 09, 2012 at 10:49 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

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