WBEZ | PRX http://www.wbez.org/tags/prx Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en This American Life to self-distribute program http://www.wbez.org/news/american-life-self-distribute-program-110244 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 11.37.10 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Media&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/"><em>This American Life</em></a> will start independently distributing the radio show to more than 500 public radio stations, the company, along with show host Ira Glass, announced today.</p><p><em>This American Life</em>, which started in Chicago in 1995, and which went national in 1996, has been distributed by <a href="http://www.pri.org/">Public Radio International</a> since 1997. The radio show will now be delivered to radio stations by <a href="https://www.prx.org/about-us/what-is-prx">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited and proud to be partners now with PRX,&rdquo; Glass said in a statement. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve been a huge innovative force in public radio, inventing technologies and projects to get people on the air who&rsquo;d have a much harder time without them. They&rsquo;re mission-driven, they&rsquo;re super-capable and apparently they&rsquo;re pretty good with computers.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>PRX launched in 2003 as an independent nonprofit public media company focused on using technology to bring stories to a wider digital audience. The digital distribution platform operates one of the largest content marketplaces for audio, including <a href="http://themoth.org/radio"><em>The Moth Radio Hour</em></a>, <a href="http://stateofthereunion.com/"><em>State of the Re: Union</em></a>, <a href="http://snapjudgment.org/"><em>Snap Judgment</em></a>, <a href="http://americanroutes.wwno.org/"><em>American Routes</em></a> and <a href="http://www.wtfpod.com/"><em>WTF with Marc Maron</em></a>.</p><p>&ldquo;We are huge fans of <em>This American Life</em> and are thrilled to support their move to self-distribution on our platform,&rdquo; Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX, said in a statement.&nbsp; &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had the privilege of working closely with Ira and team to develop <em>This American Life&rsquo;s</em> <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/listen/mobile">successful mobile apps</a>, and are honored to expand our partnership to the flagship broadcast.&rdquo;</p><p><em>This American Life</em> will take over aspects of self distribution from PRI, including selling underwriting as well as marketing the show to radio stations.</p><p><em>This American Life</em> is produced by Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass. It has a weekly audience of 2.2 million people on the radio and more than a million downloads per week as one of the most popular podcasts in the country.&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/takimoff" rel="author">Tim Akimoff</a> is the Director of Digital Content at WBEZ. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/timakimoff"> Twitter </a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/timakimoff"> Facebook </a></em></p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 10:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/american-life-self-distribute-program-110244 The Moth joins WBEZ weekend schedule http://www.wbez.org/moth-joins-wbez-weekend-schedule-104616 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/mothradiohr-web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Starting Saturday January 5, WBEZ 91.5 will make a schedule adjustment.&nbsp; We are excited to announce <em>The Moth Radio Hour</em> will begin airing weekly on WBEZ.</p><p>In our search for programming that fulfills the mission of Chicago Public Media we believe that the personal stories of <em>The Moth Radio Hour</em> deliver&nbsp;a diverse expression of viewpoints and experience that, when shared; create connections between storyteller and audience that are unmatched in other formats.</p><p>For those not familiar with <em>The Moth Radio Hour</em>, <em>The Moth</em> is storytelling at its stripped down best. Each show is built around an individual theme in which storytellers explore and interpret though the lens of their human experience. <em>The Moth</em> describes itself as &ldquo;a dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.&rdquo;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.prx.org/themoth" target="_blank">The Moth Radio Hour</a>&nbsp;</em>is produced by Jay Allison, <em>The Moth</em>, Atlantic Public Media, and presented by PRX.&nbsp;</p><p><em>The Moth Radio Hour</em> will air on Saturdays at 2 p .m. following <em>Re:Sound</em>.</p><p>More information about <em>The Moth Radio Hour</em> and <em>The Moth</em> storytelling events, in Chicago and across the country, can be found at <a href="http://www.themoth.org/" target="_blank">themoth.org</a>.</p><p>To accommodate this change <em>Day 6</em> will move from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday as a new lead in to <em>Weekend All Things Considered</em>. <em>On The Media</em>, which is currently heard at 3 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday will continue to air at 12 p.m. on Sunday.</p><p>Here is a short list of the moves being made to accommodate <em>The Moth Radio Hour</em>:</p><p><strong>ADDED</strong></p><p><em>The Moth Radio Hour</em> will air Saturdays at 2 p.m.</p><p><strong>MOVED</strong><br /><em>Day 6</em> will move to Saturdays at 3 p.m.<br /><em>On The Media</em>&rsquo;s Saturday broadcast is being removed but the rebroadcast on Sundays at noon will remain.</p><p>We would love to know what you think about <em>The Moth Radio Hour</em>. Please send an email with your comments to <a href="http://mailto:Questions@wbez.org" target="_blank">Questions@wbez.org</a>.</p><p>As always, thanks for listening!</p></p> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/moth-joins-wbez-weekend-schedule-104616 Peter Sagal to host the Moth GrandSLAM http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/peter-sagal-host-moth-grandslam <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/moth-sagal.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 486px; height: 486px;" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-11/42_01_ARTS_COURTESY_MOTH.jpg" /></p><p><em>Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me's</em> Peter Sagal is teaming up with our friends at <a href="http://www.themoth.org/">The Moth</a> to host the first-ever Chicago Moth GrandSLAM event.&nbsp; According to The Moth's Sarah Austin Jeness, the GrandSLAM will take place on Wednesday, January 26th at the Park West in Chicago's Lincoln Park.</p><p>&quot;I'm a great enthusiast for telling stories, as my exhausted and bored friends and colleagues know, so I'm happy to see anecdote-spinning become a competitive event,&quot; Sagal told us. &quot;By supporting the Moth, I'm hoping that anecdotage might someday become an Olympic sport.&quot;</p><p>The GrandSLAM pits the winners of the previous 10 Chicago Moth StorySLAMS&nbsp; against each other to decide who's the 'best-of-the-best'. The winner gets a shot at The Moth mainstage in New York.</p><p><a href="http://www.themoth.org/about">The Moth was founded New York in 1997</a> and features real-life, first person stories told before a live audience.&nbsp; Since it's debut, The Moth has achieved popular and critical acclaim in such cities as New York,&nbsp;Los Angeles, and Detroit .&nbsp; More recently, it's podcasts have become a huge hit on iTunes and spawned a series of <a href="http://www.prx.org/themoth">new public radio specials via PRX.</a>&nbsp;</p><p>The Moth launched <a href="http://www.themoth.org/storyslams_chicago">Chicago StorySLAMS </a>in collaboration with WBEZ in late 2009.&nbsp; They take place on the last Tuesday of every month at Martyr's.</p><p>Each StorySLAM features a theme.&nbsp; Aspiring storytellers put their name in a hat, hoping to be picked to tell their story before the live audience.&nbsp; A three-member panel of audience-member judges then decides the winner.</p><p>Doors open for the The Moth GrandSLAM in&nbsp;Chicago at 6pm and stories start at 8pm.&nbsp;&nbsp; The event is ticketed - not first come, first serve. &nbsp;Details can be found at&nbsp; www.etix.com.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/peter-sagal-host-moth-grandslam