Sonos and PRX Present “This Summer of Live Music,” A Radio and Podcast Special Embracing the Power of Music to Bring Us Together

Hosted by poet and critic Hanif Abdurraqib, the special also features Grammy-winning artist Esperanza Spalding and music journalist Cherie Hu

Jul 15 · 5 min read

Sonos, work x work — the creative agency behind the On Air Fest storytelling festival — and PRX are pleased to present audiences with “This Summer of Live Music,” a radio and podcast special that embraces music’s power to bring us together after a long year apart, from the acclaimed music podcast “Object of Sound.”

Hosted by best-selling author and critic Hanif Abdurraqib (“A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance’’), “This Summer of Live Music” looks ahead as we welcome concerts and music back into our lives. As venues are re-opening their doors and artists are hitting the road, Abdurraqib and guests discuss how music can help rebuild communities and reflect on what it means to listen together again. Guests include Grammy-winning musician Esperanza Spalding, who recently founded the Songwrights Apothecary Lab to explore how artists can apply concepts of music therapy to their work, as well as Cherie Hu, creator of the “Water & Music” newsletter focusing on commercial, technological, and cultural change in the music industry.

“This Summer of Live Music” is available now on-demand via the “Object of Sound” podcast from Sonos.

The 59-minute “This Summer of Live Music” radio special is also available for radio, distributed by PRX. The offering is available now free to public radio stations via the PRX Exchange distribution marketplace.

To date, “This Summer of Live Music” has been aired by a number of public media stations, including WABE in Atlanta, Georgia; KUT in Austin, Texas; KTEP in El Paso, Texas; KCPW in Salt Lake City, Utah; WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina; KFAI community radio in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Michigan Radio; KOSU in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; WLPR in northwest Indiana; WKMS in Murray, Kentucky; Boise State Public Radio in Idaho; WHRV in Norfolk, Virginia; and Spokane Public Radio in Washington.

“This Summer of Live Music” host Hanif Abdurraqib

“Through our trusted partnership with work x work and Hanif, we created ‘Object of Sound’ to bring listeners in tune with the music shaping our culture today,” said Joe Dawson, Director of Content & Platforms at Sonos. “As live music returns, we wanted to take a moment in reflection of our past and anticipation of our future shared experiences that define so many moments in our lives. What better time to partner with PRX and bring these stories to an even wider public media audience.”

“We’re proud to partner with Sonos and work x work, the team behind ‘Object of Sound,’ to help bring an upbeat, cathartic moment to audio listeners across the country,” said Sean Nesbitt, Senior Director of Industry Partnerships at PRX.

PRX serves as a distribution partner to producers looking to bring audio projects to public media stations and listeners across the United States. Recent music specials distributed by PRX — crafted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic— have included “At Home with Gustavo” in partnership with KUSC in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and iconic director Gustavo Dudamel; as well as a performance of Bach’s six suites for solo cello by celebrated musician Yo-Yo Ma in partnership with GBH in Boston.

Additional recent radio specials distributed by PRX have included “Crushed” from Religion of Sports, an America Abroad Media special about Muhammad Ali’s religious life called “The Universal Title,” “The Afghanistan Papers” from The Washington Post, and the 25th-anniversary re-release of the award-winning series “Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was” in partnership with the Smithsonian.

For information regarding regular public radio programming distributed by PRX, visit

About PRX

PRX is a public media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology, and training talented, independent producers. With an award-winning portfolio ranging from iconic public radio programs such as ‘The World,” “This American Life,” “The Moth Radio Hour,” “Latino USA” “Snap Judgment,” and “Reveal,” PRX is also home to a growing body of podcast-first productions, including the Radiotopia podcast network as well as the TRAX podcast network for tweens. More at

About work x work

work x work is a full-service creative agency amplifying the world’s leading brands through storytelling, design, and experiences. Their innovative work has made them the go-to agency for brands looking to participate in audio culture. In addition to developing multimedia campaigns with Spotify and NPR, they produce custom content, podcasts, and events with Sonos, Adobe, Mastercard & Netflix, co-present Hot Pod Summit, and produce podcasting’s premier cultural festival, On Air Fest. More at

About Sonos

Sonos (Nasdaq: SONO) is one of the world’s leading sound experience brands. As the inventor of multi-room wireless home audio, Sonos innovation helps the world listen better by giving people access to the content they love and allowing them to control it however and wherever they choose. Known for delivering an unparalleled sound experience, thoughtful design aesthetic, simplicity of use, and an open platform, Sonos makes the breadth of audio content available to anyone. Sonos is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. Learn more at

About Sonos Radio

Sonos Radio is the premiere radio experience, only on Sonos. Built for and inspired by Sonos customers, Sonos Radio represents the broadest selection of radio available around the world, bringing together more than 60,000 broadcast radio stations from long-time partners along with dozens of exclusive original stations from Sonos. Available free to all customers globally, Sonos Radio is an ad-supported streaming radio service that comes pre-loaded in the Sonos App, bringing all streaming radio into one place from the moment customers set up. Sonos original content is available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, and Denmark.

Available in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, Austria, and France, Sonos Radio HD offers an upgraded, ad-free Sonos Radio experience that delivers an expanded catalogue of exclusive original content in high-definition, lossless CD-quality audio (16-bit/44.1 kHz FLAC). Customers who upgrade to Sonos Radio HD will enjoy all original stations across both tiers in high-definition audio with skips, repeats, and with no ads, excluding global broadcast stations.

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