(Boston, MA; October 8, 2019) — Today, public media organization PRX announced it will conclude production and broadcast distribution of the acclaimed radio program Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen.
The final broadcast episode of Studio 360 will air by the end of February 2020, marking nearly two decades of outstanding conversation, storytelling, and insight into the arts, pop culture, and the creative process. Studio 360’s digital audio archive will be made permanently available to listeners on-demand.
“Studio 360 has presented a who’s who of diverse cultural leaders, performers, and creators with verve and style,” said John Barth, Chief Content Officer at PRX. “Anchored by Kurt Andersen’s sharp, inquisitive, free-range mind and personality, a generation of creative producers has explored an impressive scope of arts and culture. We’re proud of all that Studio 360 has brought into the lives of listeners over a remarkable 20 years.”
“When we started Studio 360 back at the turn of the century, in the pre-podcast era, there really were no national radio shows devoted to art and pop culture,” said Andersen, co-creator and host of Studio 360. “I was told that public radio had tried and failed to do that, and this would be one last try. Our idea was to be smart as well as fun, to cover the brand new and the great old, the high and low and in between, with stories and conversations with artists and makers about the ideas behind work and the nuts and bolts of making it. I had zero experience making radio or hosting anything, so it was a huge leap of faith on everyone’s part. It was never easy fitting Studio 360 in among all the other stuff I do — writing books in particular but also TV and theater and digital media projects — but I’m so glad I did.”
Andersen will conclude his full-time role at the end of October 2019.
Studio 360 launched on public radio stations in 2000 as a co-production from Public Radio International (PRI) and WNYC. In 2017, Studio 360 became a co-production with Slate.
Studio 360’s team of talented producers and contributors, past and present, represent the best in imaginative storytelling about the arts and creativity; the program has been a showcase and a platform for the work of a generation of producers, many of whom are pioneering the dynamic appeal of podcasting.
Broadcast on more than 200 public radio stations across the country, Studio 360 has received a substantial number of awards, including two George Foster Peabody Awards and Edward R. Murrow Awards, and recognitions from the New York State Associated Press, the Asian American Journalists Association, and the Alliance for Women in Media.
The author most recently of the New York Times best-seller Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, Andersen is also the author of acclaimed novels including True Believers, Heyday, and Turn of the Century, and has written for film, television, and stage. Andersen has previously served as editor-in-chief of New York magazine, as co-founder and editor of Spy, and regularly appears as a commentator on networks including MSNBC.
PRX is a non-profit media company specializing in audio journalism and storytelling. PRX believes strong public media is anchored in journalism, strengthened with diverse voices, and amplified by innovative technology. PRX’s award-winning portfolio ranges from iconic public radio programs like The World, This American Life, The Takeaway and Reveal, to a growing body of podcast-first productions including the Radiotopia network, home to 99% Invisible, Ear Hustle and Criminal. Each month, PRX reaches more than 28.5 million listeners and generates in excess of 70 million podcast downloads.