Zeitfunk Awards: 2013
Our annual list of the "mostiest" PRX members and pieces
2013 marked PRX's 10th year! Phew, we made it! Some highlights before we get to the winners:
26,255 pieces sold on PRX (that's 4,717 more than 2012)!
We partnered with Pop Up Archive to launch a cloud-based audio archiving service, featuring an innovative automatic transcription tool.
With the Center for Investigative Reporting we partnered on the pilot for Reveal - a groundbreaking show that brings listeners deep into current investigations and captures the drama and high stakes of the reporting process.
PRX also rolled out a number of excellent apps:
- The Moth app for iOS and Android.
- We also launched iOS and Android apps for PRX Remix - our story-driven format showcasing the best work from the PRX catalog and beyond.
- And we refreshed the Public Radio Player.
Thank you to our producers, stations and partners for 10 amazing years! We've come a long way. Can't wait to show you what's coming next.
Zeitfunk 2013 First-Place Winners
Complete Zeitfunk 2013 Results
We have made some changes to Zeitfunk this year — like showing more than 10 places in certain categories — because of factors like the role played by PRX shows (e.g. The Moth Radio Hour). We have been vigilant about the delineation between producer groups versus individual producers. We have also removed licenses that occurred in private regional networks, where pieces were not available to all PRX stations. All licenses mentioned are counted from stations as well as Outside Purchasers.
You can learn more about the winners by clicking on their names.
Most Licensed Producer
All of these producers listed have a weekly series, which shows the benefits of having weekly content.
- Jeff Haas - The New Jazz Archive | 989 licenses
- Philip Nusbaum - The Bluegrass Review
- Daniel Wargo - The Hayride
- Stephen R. Webb - Stuck in the Psychedelic Era
- Roman Mars - 99% Invisible
- Chris Kuborn - Jazz Odyssey
- Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri - Juke in the Back
- Bob Ephlin - Eddie's Attic Presents
- Jamie Hoover - Mother Road
- Guy Rathbun - IdeaSphere, The Club McKenzie
Most Licensed Group
Groups are collections of two or more producers who distribute work on PRX. These are the groups that had the most licenses in 2013.
- Moyers and Company | 1,454 licenses
- Vinyl Cafe
- Bluesnet Radio
- BackStory with the American History Guys
- NPR Music
- L.A. Theatre Works
- A Way with Words
- Live Wire! Radio
- This I Believe
- Radio Netherlands Worldwide
- Philosophy Talk
- Joyride Media
- Big Picture Science
- Listener Directed Productions, Inc.
- Snap Judgment
- Footlight Parade
- State of the Re:union
- WTF with Marc Maron
- New Visions, New Voices
Most Licensed Station
Stations are also big producers of pieces and series. These stations sold the most pieces in 2013.
Most Licensed Piece
Here are 2013's best-selling pieces that were not part of a recurring series.
- We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives from WeKnewJFK.org | 78 licenses
- Best of the Best: The 2013 Third Coast Festival Broadcast and Promo from the Third Coast International Audio Festival
- Diary of A Bad Year: A War Correspondent's Dilemma from Atlantic Public Media
- Reveal PILOT from Reveal
- Generation Putin - Hour Special from Seattle Globalist
The Mandela Tapes from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Hidden Kitchens: The Raw and The Cooked from the Kitchen Sisters
- Walking Across America ~ Advice for a Young Man from Atlantic Public Media
- Culture Shock 1913 from WNYC
- Mapping Eliza: Decoding DNCA Secrets from Spectrum Radio
- Here's the Thing: Lena Dunham and Elaine Stritch from WNYC
- Autism Grows Up from Capital Public Radio
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 series in 2013, not including signature series like The Moth Radio Hour, American Routes or Sound Opinions who distribute through PRX's SubAuto system.
- Folk Alley from WKSU | 1704 licenses
- Moyers and Company from Moyers and Company
- The New Jazz Archive from Jeff Haas
- Vinyl Cafe from Vinyl Cafe and CBC
- Global Village with Chris Heim from KMUW
- The Bluegrass Review from Phil Nusbaum
- Blue Dimensions from Bluesnet Radio
- The Latin Alternative from WMHT
- Stuck in the Psychedelic Era from Stephen R. Webb
- L.A. Theatre Works
Station that Licensed the Most Pieces
Stations of all sizes and from all over the country use PRX to get audio for air. These are the stations that bought the most pieces from other stations and producers in 2013.
- WOUB - Ohio University | 958 pieces licensed
- KPVL - Northeast Iowa
- KKRN - Round Mounta, California
- KEOS - Bryan, Texas
- KSRQ - Northwest Minnesota
- KUOW - Seattle, Washington
- KAWC - Yuma, Arizona
- KMXT - Kodiak, Alaska
- KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio - Skagit Valley, Washington
- WRNC-LP - Chequamegon Bay, Wisconsin
Most Licensed Debut Producer
The "top new artists" category. Of all the individual producers who were new to PRX in 2013, these folks sold the most pieces.
Most Licensed Debut Group
The "top new group" category:
Most Listened-To Piece
Anyone can listen to a free stream of any piece on PRX. An individual listen is considered 30 seconds or more of play.
- Two Little Girls Explain The Worst Haircut Ever from Jeff Cohen | Too many listens to count... probably over a million...and it's now a book!
- WTF with Marc Maron: Louis CK
- Doctors, Saints, and Secrets from The Moth
- WTF Episode 106 with Robin Williams
- Chess, Romance, and Kathmandu from The Moth
- WTF Episode 108 with Carlos Mencia
- WTF Episode 102 with Conan O'Brien
- Cancer, Crime, and Crypts from The Moth
- Rivalries, Hotlines, and the EPA from The Moth
- Epilepsy, Roast Beef, and Adoption from The Moth
Most Licensed Producer by PRX Remix
PRX Remix is PRX's 24/7 stream of awesomeness on XM 123, mobile, web, and terrestrial radio, curated independently by Roman Mars, Sam Greenspan and Erika Lantz. These are the individual producers whose pieces were licensed the most by PRX Remix in 2013.
Most Licensed Group by PRX Remix
These are the producer groups whose pieces were licensed the most by PRX Remix in 2013.
Most Licensed Station by PRX Remix
These are the stations whose pieces were licensed the most by PRX Remix in 2013.
Outside Purchaser that Licensed the Most
Outside Purchasers are a growing list of distributors, services, and shows beyond terrestrial public radio stations. These are the PRX OPs who licensed the most from PRX producers in 2013.
- PRX Remix* | 476 licenses
- Radio New Zealand | 86 licenses
- The Story
- HCC Radio The Dragon
- Listen Edition
- NewsTalk 1010 AM Canada
- CJAD 800 AM
- CBC Inside the Music
- American Voices
- Third Coast Festival/Re:sound
* A note regarding PRX Remix: We will be awarding the first-place trophy to Radio New Zealand, but left Remix on the list so that our community could see the impact Remix has.
Useful Stats and Facts
- 6,697 unique pieces were licensed by stations and outside purchasers; many of those pieces were licensed more than once. The total number of licenses was 26,255.
- 174 new sellers sold pieces on PRX.
- 403 new series created.
- Paid over $500,000 to producers.
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By Dec. 31st, 2013, PRX had:
- 492 active stations.
- 2460 producers.
- 13,034 new pieces were published.
- Paid $2.1M overall to producers and stations.
Most Licensed Piece Lengths of 2013
Producers: check out what's selling!
- 55 to 60 min. (11,602 licenses)
- 50 to 55 min (5,448 licenses)
- 5 min and under (3,100 licenses)
- 5 to 10 min (1,699 licenses)
- 115 to 120 min (1,498 licenses)
- 25 to 30 min (1065 licenses)
- 10 to 15 min (534 licenses)
- 60 to 65 min (242 licenses)
- 20 to 25 min (231 licenses)
- 30 to 35 min (223 licenses)
- 15 to 20 min (217 licenses)
- 110 to 115 min (158 licenses)
- 35 to 40 min (69 licenses)
PRX is 10 years old!
We've come a long way.