What is PRX Remix?
PRX Remix is our 24/7 stream of the best podcasts, documentaries, and stories, handpicked from both independent creators and our podcast network Radiotopia. It airs on XM 123, public radio stations around the country, and online.
A lot of what we air isn't heard anywhere else: creative spoken-word programs, amazing podcasts, and fascinating interviews. It is all curated by PRX staff.
There is no traditional host, per se, although you’ll hear clever and smart interstitials. Most pieces are relatively short and then it is on to the next one. This fast-paced service is designed for stations and streaming.
Where does the content come from and what is it?
PRX Remix is about creative, story-driven short pieces and podcasts. It's decidedly not the news. Remix features pieces from popular series including Ear Hustle, The Moth, 99% Invisible, The Allusionist, The Memory Palace, Out of the Blocks, and The Organist; plus, we feature stories and documentaries from both new and veteran indie producers. We have anecdotal evidence that listeners retain stories and details to a remarkable degree.
While we have you, we are always looking for new content for Remix, and we know stations are experimenting with new formats and styles. Learn more about how to submit your work to Remix.
Where can I audition Remix?
Here are two hours we have selected out of the Remix stream for station audition purposes: Hour One and Hour Two. Each hour features a mix of popular new PRX podcasts (like Ear Hustle and ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest?) as well as pieces produced by creative independents from around the country. These two hours are just a sample -- we are always adding new things and re-surfacing classics as well.
How do public radio stations use PRX Remix?
In many ways -- pick what's right for you:
- One hour per week, several hours per day, an overnight service -- you name it. We deliver the amount of hours that you need.
- A 24/7 primary terrestrial broadcast service. Stations are buying up new, full power frequencies and Remix is a fantastic option to redefine a local public radio brand.
- As an HD service. A number of stations see Remix as a way to bring a truly distinctive public radio service to HD rather than repeating familiar public radio shows or programming second-tier network content.
- A free stream. Just add the Remix player to a station web site and away you go.
How does PRX Remix work for broadcast?
PRX has helped develop software that randomly shuffles the order of programs in a series of playlists. Over the course of most hours listeners hear fresh combinations of programs and pieces (we try to ensure that no three pieces will be adjacent in any six hour period) in a true remix. Newer content gets a more frequent play as older programs are played less often.
Remix runs in hourly blocks with a one-minute break at the top of each hour.
PRX takes careful steps to ensure pieces are cleared for broadcast. We screen every piece for language and taste issues before it is included in PRX Remix.
How does PRX Remix get made?
Genevieve Sponsler is PRX's Content Manager and Remix Producer. She has been working at PRX since 2007, curating and promoting audio from around the world. PRX Content and Development Associate Ray Pang assists in the curation and solicitation of new content.
How does PRX Remix get delivered?
PRX delivers the Remix service by FTP and we can work with station technical staff about integrating Remix into your automation system. For some stations we have arranged a multiple-day buffer to ensure that if the FTP delivery is interrupted for any reason (bad local ISP, etc.). Remix itself won’t be interrupted and we all have enough time to work through fixes. You’ll probably want a dedicated server and a reliable ISP to ensure the flow of Remix works smoothly.
PRX Remix Select is a one-hour weekly series on PRX. Stations manually download that file for broadcast.
What do station programmers think?
"A mix of what public radio does best." - Bill Drake, WRVO
"Best radio that you won’t hear anywhere else." - Hawk Mendenhall, KUT
"A showcase for new, young producers that don't always find themselves on mainstream public radio." - Jackie Sauter, North Country Public Radio
What do audiences think?
We receive positive responses from public radio fans and people who have never listened to public radio before; all are thrilled to find a fresh format on the air.
“I'm a truck driver. I have a lot of time to listen to the radio. If you saw me you really wouldn't guess I listen to this kind of stuff. You would just assume I’m a big mean guy... but I have this other side of me I don’t tell people about… the more [I listen to PRX Remix] I realize it's pretty interesting; it's a change of pace from listening to music. I got a lot of time to listen to stuff while I drive and the stories really just keep me awake. Gives me something to listen to and I can imagine what I'm hearing. It's pretty neat. Some of the stuff is pretty informative. Look forward to it. You know especially late at night when I’m driving, there’s nobody out there. It makes me feel like I’m not really by myself.” - Austin
“Finally, radio that inspires me.” -B.S.
“PRX has a constant flow of perfect radio... It's like a good friend telling me a story they've been waiting all day to share.” - C.W.
“You guys are messing with my life. I CAN NOT RESIST REMIX and it's screwing up my weekends. Please send me the Handy Dandy Sleep Restorer Ring. Enclosed are five box tops from Insomniac Trail Mix economy size package.” - M.G.H.
"THANKS FOR THIS WONDERFUL STATION!!!! I just love it!!" - C.B.
"I LOVE this station. First discovered it after getting Sirius radio. Now it is the only reason I keep it." - V.J.
What other stations are airing PRX Remix?
We are proud to be on a range of cool stations!
- KPBZ, Spokane Public Radio (24/7)
- WREM, North Country Public Radio, Canton, NY (24/7)
- WRVO-REMIX (WRVO-2) HD, Oswego, NY (24/7)
- WGBH, Boston, MA (Monday through Friday 12-5 a.m. ET)
- RIPR, Providence, RI (Saturday at 6 a.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET)
- WFAE, Charlotte, NC (Saturday 9 p.m.-midnight ET)
- KCPW, Salt Lake City, UT (Monday through Friday 9 p.m.-midnight)
- WOUB, Athens, Ohio (Monday through Friday 6-9 a.m. ET)
- KUNC, Greeley, CO (Monday-Friday 10 p.m. - midnight MT)
- KALW, San Francisco, CA (Sunday midnight-5 a.m. PT)
- WFPL, Louisville, KY (Sunday 9 p.m. ET)
- KUVO HD-2, Denver, CO (Monday through Friday 11 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 7 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. MT)
- WCAI, The Cape and Islands, MA (Sunday nights on Arts and Ideas at 8, 9, or 10 p.m. )
- KSQD, Santa Cruz, CA (Tuesdays at 3 p.m.)
- WVMM, Mechanicsburg, PA (Wednesdays at 11 a.m.)
How do we get set up to receive files?
PRX's support team is known for its dedication to making things smooth for stations -- we will do our best to ensure an easy setup. We'll do a technical walk-through with your engineering and/or operations staff to identify delivery, automation integration and any points of concern in the broadcast chain.
We’ll then set up a test feed for some time to ensure that all systems work well together and that the audio quality and automation work smoothly. By running a test for a few days we’ll all feel good about the integrity of the feed and the systems that will broadcast or stream PRX Remix from your station.
Then we’ll agree on a date for a formal go -- and make it happen.
PRX with you will closely monitor the feed in the first month of the service to watch for any hiccups or delivery problems. To date, delivery of PRX Remix from PRX has been very smooth.
What about music reporting?
Because most of the content for Remix is licensed through PRX, we keep track of music usage there for quarterly reporting to Sound Exchange. Most of that same information is available for your broadcast reporting to ASCAP/BMI.
How much does PRX Remix cost?
We realize that for all of its originality, quality, and efficiency, PRX Remix needs to be affordable to stations to be viable. We have tiered carriage fees based on how many hours you'd like to air from one to 24 and your station's TSR. Get in touch...