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Zeitfunk Awards: 2010

Our annual list of the "mostiest" PRX members and pieces

We've rolled out the red carpet, we've coiffed our hair. We've put on our suits, ties, gowns and heels.... John Barth what are you doing in that giant translucent egg?

It's time for Zeitfunk 2010!

With a total of 13,426 licenses in 2010, who will walk away our Most Licensed Producer? After a whopping 90,357 listeners signed up on PRX.org, which will be the Most Listened-To Piece? Keep reading to discover PRX's Zeitfunkiest people, groups, pieces and stories.

Other good stuff from 2010:

Our own REMIX Radio (one of our most active licensors) sprung from online and XM radio to real-live terrestrial broadcast in Spokane, WA. Our tech team rolled out the WBUR station app, which will serve as a template for future station partners, and Sound Opinions joined our catalog of PRX signature shows including The Moth, State of the Re:Union and Snap Judgment.

We're glad you are here for the journey. So, ready to get Zeitfunkified?


Zeitfunk 2010 First-Place Winners


Most Licensed Producer
Philip Nusbaum   (more)

Most Licensed Group
Vinyl Cafe   (more)

Most Licensed Piece
Best of the Best: The 2010 Third Coast Festival Broadcast from Third Coast International Audio Festival   (more)

Most Licensed Series
Vinyl Cafe   (more)

Most Licensed Debut Producer
Stephen R. Webb   (more)

Most Licensed Debut Group
Loyola Productions   (more)

Most Licensed Station
WXPN - Philadelphia, Pa.   (more)

Station that Licensed the Most Pieces
WTIP - Grand Marais, Minn.   (more)

Most Licensed Youth-Produced Piece
Schooled: Teens' Stories About American Public Education
from KUOW (more)

Most Listened-To Piece
Moon Graffiti from The Truth   (more)

Most Active "Commenter"
James Reiss   (more)

Most Playlisted Piece
The Last Year in the Life of The Beatles from Paul Ingles   (more)

Most Licensed Producer by REMIX
Nate DiMeo   (more)


Complete Zeitfunk 2010 Results


We have made some changes to the Zeitfunk lists this year because of three big factors: the powerful role played by PRX signature shows (The Moth Radio Hour, Sound Opinions, State of the Re:Union and Snap Judgment); we have been more vigilant about the delineation between producer groups versus individual producers; and the occasional effect that high-volume regional and state networks can have on the overall station-licensing data.

You can learn more about the winners by clicking on their names.

Most Licensed Producer

These producers had the most pieces licensed by stations and outside purchasers (non-station entities) in 2010:

  1. Phil Nusbaum
  2. Fred Flaxman
  3. Paul Ingles
  4. Jamie Hoover
  5. Daniel Wargo
  6. Nate Dimeo
  7. Chris Kuborn
  8. Robert Karl Skoglund
  9. Joan VanBuskirk
  10. Jay Allison

Most Licensed Group

Groups are collections of two or more producers who distribute work on PRX.org. These are the groups that had the most pieces licensed by stations and outside purchasers in 2010:

  1. Vinyl Cafe
  2. LA Theatre Works
  3. Joyride Media
  4. NPR Music
  5. Isla Earth
  6. Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
  7. World Vision Report
  8. Finger Lakes Productions
  9. House of Blues Radio Hour
  10. Backstory with the American History Guys


Most Licensed Station

Stations are also big producers of pieces. These stations sold the most pieces to other PRX stations and outside purchasers in 2010:

  1. WXPN - Philadelphia, Pa.
  2. WFIU - Bloomington, Ind.
  3. WKSU - Kent, Ohio.
  4. WNYC - New York, N.Y.
  5. WNPR - Hartford, Conn.
  6. WDAV - Davidson , N.C.
  7. WGUC - Cincinnati, Ohio
  8. WHRV - Norfolk, Va.
  9. KUFM - Missoula, Mont.
  10. KBYU - Salt Lake City, Utah

Most Licensed Piece

We had to rub our eyes, too, but 13,392 pieces were sold on PRX.org in 2010. Here are the best-selling individual pieces that were not part of a recurring series:

  1. Best of the Best: The 2010 Third Coast Festival Broadcast from Third Coast International Audio Festival
  2. Race and the Space Race from the Richard Paul and Soundprint
  3. The Day John Lennon Died from Paul Ingles
  4. Carole King & James Taylor: You've Got A Friend from Joyride Media
  5. The Chieftains: San Patricio from Joyride Media

Most Licensed Series

Series come in many forms on PRX.org: weekly, monthly, occasional — even daily! And, they come from individual producers, groups and stations. These were the most licensed in 2010:

  1. Vinyl Cafe from Vinyl Cafe
  2. Blues & Beyond from WXPN
  3. LA Theatre Works from LA Theatre Works
  4. The Bluegrass Review from Philip Nusbaum
  5. Radiolab from WNYC
  6. Folk Alley from WKSU
  7. Compact Discoveries from Fred Flaxman
  8. A Moment of Science from WFIU
  9. The Needle Drop from WNPR
  10. House of Blues Radio Hour

Station that Licensed the Most Pieces

Stations of all sizes and from all over the country use PRX.org. These are the stations that bought the most in 2010:

  1. WTIP - Grand Marais, Minn.
  2. KUT - Austin, Texas
  3. KUOW - Seattle, Wash.
  4. KOSU - Stillwater, Okla.
  5. WXXI - Rochester, N.Y.
  6. KTRL - Stephenville, Texas
  7. Yellowstone Public Radio - Mont. and Wyo.
  8. KXOT - Tacoma, Wash.
  9. New Hampshire Public Radio - Concord, N.H.
  10. WBEZ - Chicago, Ill.

Most Licensed Debut Producer

Consider this the "top new artists" category in this year's Zeitfunk awards. Of all the individual producers who were new to PRX in 2010, these folks sold the most pieces:

  1. Stephen R. Webb
  2. One Hello World
  3. Andrew Hiller
  4. Matt Larson
  5. Heidi Lang

Most Licensed Debut Group

Consider this Part Two of the "top new artists" category. Here are the groups of producers who were new to PRX in 2010 and sold the most pieces:

  1. Loyola Productions
  2. ISOAS Media
  3. Tie:
    On The Money
    The Tobowlowsky Files/Filmcast
  4. Bioneers
  5. Tie:
    Blank on Blank
    Cambridge Science Fest Crew

Most Licensed Youth-Produced Piece

PRX has hundreds of youth-produced pieces from different radio groups and individuals around the country. Here are the youth pieces that were licensed the most by stations and outside purchasers in 2010:

  1. Schooled: Teens' Stories About American Public Education from KUOW
  2. Short List #2 from Third Grade Audio
  3. 5-way tie:
    Homelessness: It Could Happen to Anyone, Even My Dad from Blunt Youth Radio Project
    A Good Hmong Daughter from MPR News' Youth Radio
    Fresh Greens: Teens and the Environment from New Hampshire Public Radio
    Short List #3 from Third Grade Audio
    Short List #4 from Third Grade Audio

Most Listened-To Piece

To keep our public radio community open and growing, we allow anyone who signs up on PRX.org to stream any piece for free. Here are the pieces that were listened to more than any others in 2010:

  1. Moon Graffiti from The Truth
  2. The Last Year In The Life of The Beatles - 1969/1970 from Paul Ingles
  3. Everything Was Right: The Beatles' Revolver from Paul Ingles
  4. Joe Strummer's London Calling - Episode 1 from Joyride Media
  5. In Praise of Ringo: His Beatles Drumming (Hour 1) from Paul Ingles
  6. In Search of a Song: John Prine, Part 1 from ISOAS Media
  7. The Day John Lennon Died from Paul Ingles
  8. Joe Strummer's London Calling - Episode 2 from Joyride Media
  9. A Spin Down Abbey Road from Paul Ingles
  10. The Beatles Finale: Let It Be from Paul Ingles

Most Active "Commenter"

We encourage anyone who signs up for PRX to post comments on PRX piece pages in order to give producers valuable feedback and help stations see what listeners enjoy. These are the PRX members who commented the most in 2010:

  1. James Reiss
  2. Rob Shinnick
  3. Robert Karl Skoglund (the humble Farmer)
  4. Leslie Trayer
  5. Rhonda Celester

Most Playlisted Piece

Anyone can create playlists on PRX.org. Use ‘em to gather favorite stories or as a way to show off your curatorial skills. The following pieces were added to the most playlists in 2010. We do not include PRX's staff editors' picks or our format curators' picks in the totals.

Make your own playlist!

  1. The Last Year in the Life of The Beatles from Paul Ingles
  2. Everything Was Right: The Beatles' Revolver from Paul Ingles
  3. A Spin Down Abbey Road from Paul Ingles
  4. White Album Listening Party: Revisiting The Beatles' Top-Seller from Paul Ingles
  5. Tie:
    Joe Strummer's London Calling - Episode 1 from Joyride Media
    The Beatles Finale: Let It Be from Paul Ingles

Most Licensed Producer by REMIX

REMIX Radio is PRX's 24/7 stream of awesomeness on XM 136 (soon channel 123), mobile, web and terrestrial radio. These are the PRX producers whose pieces were licensed the most by REMIX in 2010:

  1. Nate DiMeo
  2. Jay Allison
  3. Rachel Louise Snyder
  4. Tom Pappalardo
  5. Andrew Parsons

Useful Stats and Facts

During 2010...

  • 6,352 individual pieces were licensed by station and outside purchasers. The total number of station and non-station licenses hit a whopping 13,426.
  • We counted 28,458 new registered members on PRX.org.
  • Listeners added 804 new comments to PRX.org.

By Dec. 31st, 2010, PRX had:

  • 194 active stations
  • 2,496 producers
  • 90,103+ listeners (PRX members who don't buy or sell work, but who listen to pieces)
  • 31,185+ published pieces
  • 1,666 series
  • paid over $1.2 Million in royalties to date
  • had 2.5 million+ downloads of the Public Radio Player, This American Life and WBUR mobile apps

Most Licensed Piece Lengths of 2010

Producers: check out what's selling!

  1. 55+ to 60 min.   (4465 pieces)
  2. 0+ to 5  (3188 pieces)
  3. 50+ to 55  (2364 pieces)
  4. 5+ to 10  (1297 pieces)
  5. 25+ to 30  (597 pieces)
  6. 115+ to 120  (589 pieces)
  7. 10+ to 15  (286 pieces)
  8. 15+ to 20  (129 pieces)
  9. 60+ to 65  (93 pieces)
  10. 20+ to 25  (86 pieces)
  11. 30+ to 35  (76 pieces)
  12. 35+ to 40  (52 pieces)
  13. 110+ to 115  (44 pieces)
  14. 45+ to 50  (33 pieces)
  15. 40+ to 45  (32 pieces)

Staff Yearbook

Staff Guilty Listening Pleasure

If I were to sneak up behind you and yank out your headphone cord... what would you most hope I wouldn't find you listening to?

  • Kerri: "Eminem."
  • Emily: "I need my afternoon Gaga to get through the day. I don't particularly want you to know how many episodes of Commander In Chief I've seen on hulu, either."
  • Robert: "You might find me listening to Trance Pop, like OceanLab."
  • Rekha: "I would be a little sheepish if you caught me listening to the few tracks by Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce that I occasionally turn to. I never sing along, not even in private. I swear."
  • Jake: "Guilty viewing pleasures: American Idol, V, and Tosh.0."
  • Matt: "I don't really have a guilty listening pleasure... but I'm addicted to the Cracked.com articles. I can't stay away from their links that start with 'Top 7 [whatever comes next].'"
  • Jones: "Ain't no shame in being a KISS 108 and JAM'N fan, right? At home, Elizabeth Mitchell (indie kid music) is on heavy rotation."
  • John: "In no order, this would be my somewhat most often listening: Random scanning of PRX.org; Girl Talk; Audible audio books; Sound Opinions; On the Media; The Moth."
  • Roman: "The New REM."
  • Chris: "The Thomas Jefferson Hour. It's far more likely that you would be upset by my terrible taste in music, however."
  • Genevieve: "Arcade Fire, TAL, or the Moth. Does this make me a hipster?!"
  • Becca: "Hot 97 Boston? I'm not ashamed. I also like to watch "So You Think You Can Dance."

Original image by Fame Fad


Producer Kaitlin Prest (P) with Kerri (R) and Emily (X). Image by Stephanie Foo.