How does PRX’s distribution work?
Before we hop into the nitty-gritty of when and why to use the PRX Exchange versus the Station Services Info Site, it’s essential to understand how we categorize distribution relationships with programs. These relationships determine where you go to find information for specific programs.
There are two types of PRX distribution relationships:
The first kind of distribution relationship is one where PRX works on behalf of the program to place it on airwaves across the country. This type of distribution is facilitated by one of PRX’s station services representatives.
This kind of relationship is a technical one, in which independent producers and/or station producers self-distribute their programs using the PRX Exchange.
The Exchange vs. The Info Site
The PRX Exchange contains thousands of audio pieces and programs that stations can broadcast on-air. Many programs are self-distributed by producers all over the world using our technology, while some are represented by PRX.
The Station Services Info Site is the home to all of the resources and information — like broadcast clocks, logos, and program descriptions — related to the programs that PRX represents. Currently, PRX represents 24 broadcast programs, including “Snap Judgment,” “Latino USA,” “Reveal,” and “The Moth.”
Use the PRX Exchange to…
Content in the PRX Exchange is organized into two categories based on the way stations can access the audio: through the marketplace or the automated delivery service.
The marketplace is the original distribution method on the Exchange. Any producer can upload their audio piece and assign a price to it in the form of a point value. Points are the currency in the marketplace, and to license a piece with a point value, a station must have purchased a point package (also known as a PRX Membership). To buy a point package, please reach out to email@example.com.
The automated delivery service (formerly known as SubAuto) was introduced to the Exchange later as an alternate delivery method for ongoing series. Per request from a producer, PRX will enable their series for automated delivery, meaning each new episode will be delivered to subscribed stations via FTP. To use the service, a series must be produced weekly, daily, or hourly. Since producers opt-in and pay for this service, automated delivery is not enabled on all ongoing series.
Stations do not pay for automated series using points. Instead, they can pay for an automated delivery series through annual carriage fees, at the producer’s discretion. This is typically coordinated outside PRX. For this reason, stations do not need a paid PRX Membership to subscribe to an automated series.
Please note: not all of the programs represented by PRX are distributed via the Exchange. That information can be found on the info site.
Discover new content & specials
Whenever you have planned changes to your programming or are in a last-minute pickle, the PRX Exchange should be your first browsing destination!
The most recent playlists for specific events and holidays can be found on the Exchange home page under Upcoming.
For a more detailed breakdown of the PRX Exchange, see the FAQ for stations.
Use the Station Services Info Site to…
Find your station services representative
PRX has three incredible station services representatives to answer your questions and help you acquire the right programming for your station. Find your region’s representative and their contact information here.
Find program details
Each program PRX represents has a dedicated page on the info site with the carriage information you need to broadcast the program on your station. You’ll find descriptions of the program, host(s), and producer(s), as well as other important carriage information such as:
- Publish frequency
- Program length
- Program feed schedule
- Downloadable broadcast clock
- Downloadable program logo
- Downloadable host photo
- Broadcast rights
Please bookmark this page for the shortlist of excellent programs PRX distributes: prx.org/stations#programs.