• PRPD15 - Full Agenda

    Public Radio Content Conference 2015

    The conference agenda for PRPD15 is here!

    This conference will be dense. The time we spend together in the expanded General Sessions will allow us to focus and dig in on the major issues that shape our industry - and our professional lives.  

    News, music and non-conformist multi-format stations will ALL have lots to take home. Our goal is to deliver an unforgettable professional development experience. 

    This conference is different, but the communities we serve and their media realities are changing at a ridiculous rate. At PRPD, we embrace this change.

  • PRPD15 - A Reimagined Conference

    Continuous and accelerating waves of change call for critical mass conversations so more than 50% of this year’s conference will be General Sessions.

    Here’s a run-down of our confirmed General Sessions and the Breakouts you can expect to find as you make you plans to join us in Pittsburgh for PRPD15 – The Content Conference!

    Remember this is NOT a complete list but a preview and as you’ll see this is a MUST attend conference – no ifs, ands or buts about it!

    General Sessions

    Chris Price: This UK-based music and entertainment strategist has worked with the BBC, MTV and a wide range of digital music pure plays. He will open AND close our conference. Not only will he speak but also he will attend session and talk with many of you about what you are doing and the challenges we all face.

    David Remnick: The editor-in-chief of The New Yorker is a die-hard radio fan and is passionate about the ways iconic media brands can keep themselves dynamic, relevant and serve their audiences across multiple platforms.

    The State of Public Radio Audience: For the first time ever, Edison’s Larry Rosin, RRC’s Dave Sullivan and Jacobs Media’s Fred Jacobs will share a stage at the same time. This session will be a deep dive into how culture-wide audio usage trends, public radio-specific audience trends, and the ubiquitous tech we rely on is impacting YOUR station and community. Be prepared for an extensive Q&A moderated by Jennifer Strachan.

    The Power of the PD to create sustainable revenue: Valerie Arganbright and Barbara Appleby were foundational in creating the MPR sustainer program that kicked of public radio’s sustainer revolution. The work is unfinished, though, and PDs, A&A will argue, have the best jobs in radio and the power to insure a sustainable future if they pick up the challenge.

    Public radio…meet your audience: In another PRPD first, Fred Jacobs leads a live, in-the-room focus group with donors from all three of Pittsburgh’s 3 public radio stations. This is going to be nothing short of riveting and will be one of the most valuable hours you will spend this year!

    The Talent Development Super Session: It’s a talent business, but we need to spend more time thinking, training and preparing for great careers in public radio. We bring together successful leaders who will show us how to excel at hiring, coaching, career and personal development.

    Engagement, the pipeline audience and reporting beyond our core audience: Public radio is incubating some very compelling success stories as local stations dig in and build meaningful relationships that extend beyond the traditional base. This work grows audience, delivers revenue and reinvigorates the mission orientation. Find out how you can put it to work for you.

    Breakout Sessions

    • Morning Edition and local production: getting the very most out of what you have
    • Program Economics & New Content Creation: how to conceive, model and then launch content operating inside the new rules
    • Local Talent Development II: builds on the Talent Development Super Session
    • Creative and Relevant: Local production for classical and jazz hosts
    • Investigative Journalism: making the model support the mission
    • Is Public Media for Sale? Embracing underwriting while maintaining editorial independence.
    • Podcasting
    • Harsh Realities in Artist Relations
    • Content Collaboration: News and Music
    • Sourcing Solutions
    • The Making of Story: Talk/Listen/Hear
    • Telling News Stories with Documentary Flair
    • The Classical Music Brand
    • And much, much more!!

    There are many more sessions in the works. We deliberately left the agenda fluid to allow us be to respond to the rapidly changing media landscape. Some of the best session ideas have come life in the last month!

    Don't miss the early bird registration deadline of September 4, 2015.

    Register now!

  • 2015 PRPD Conference

    The Content Conference

    If ever there was a year to make it to PRPD...

    • Podcasting trend stories outnumber follow up on the stories our journalists have broken.
    • What have we learned, and what comes after, the Spark project?
    • And, collectively, we’ve trained and cultivated an audience who freaks out when Kim Kardashian appears on Wait, Wait.

    Clearly, plenty to talk about... and some brilliant people to inspire you.

    David Remnick

    David Remnick, Editor-in-Chief of The New Yorker, will address the PRPD conference, sharing his thoughts on how he leads an established, essential media brand through times of editorial, technological and market change.

    Remnick is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who comes to the conference with his own deep, passionate memories of radio's formative role in his life. Remnick is not a radio bystander, having recently led The New Yorker into a partnership with WNYC, New York with an eye toward new content creation endeavors.

    Chris Price

    What did Apple see in Zane Lowe and how has he earned the title of “most influential music curator in the world?” Media strategist Chris Price worked for years with Lowe at BBC Radio 1. He will take a crack at answering that question and test our thinking on the value and importance of pivotal talent.

    Chris has worked in music and the media for fifteen years, most recently as Head of Music for Prior to that he devised music strategy for MTV’s nine UK music channels, after six years programming BBC Radio 1 and five years with Sony Music Entertainment and the Warner Music Group.

    Three days of invigorating work, vital conversations about the future of content in the age of hyper-distraction and it all happens in Pittsburgh at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel September 29 - October 1, 2015.

    Register today!

  • Kerri Hoffman appointed to Board of Directors

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kerri Hoffman to the Board of Directors. Hoffman is the COO of PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.

    Headshot of Kerri Hoffman

    Hoffman is an experienced management leader with a broad range of expertise in organizational development, financial planning and strategic planning. Hoffman has played a key role in PRX’s evolution as it expanded its scope as public radio’s first and only functional marketplace for independent producers. In recent years, Hoffman and the PRX team have made strategic forays into near adjacencies of content production and distribution.

    Kerri’s front row seat, and guiding hand, as a key member of the Public Media Platform leadership, the launch of Radiotopia and related podcasting funding and distribution innovations makes her exactly the right Board member at this time,” says Jody Evans, PRPD President.

    PRPD has an intense focus on creating new and expanded value for our members in the area of consumption, relevance and sustainability,” Evans continues. “Kerri has made significant contributions to public radio and the independent producer community’s ability on each of these areas. I am excited to have her take on this new role in the national leadership.

    The core of all that we do in public media ties to programming – our choices, our values and our sensibilities.  PRPD is not only leading our conversation but also building skills and community.” Hoffman said.

  • Finding America

    Finding America is AIR’s next Localore project and this demands your careful attention. The Station Runway has launched, which means this is your chance to make a compelling case for why local folks should come and partner with your station.

    You may well have a project like Jennifer Brandel’s Curious City at Chicago Public Media, Julia Kumari Drapkin’s iSeeChange at KVNF, Todd Melby’s Black Gold Boom at Prairie Public, & Delaney Hall’s Austin Music Map sitting right outside your doorstep!

    Visit to get the guidelines and register to apply. After the Station Runway applications close, producers will have from from June 1-26 to peruse and engage potential station-incubators.

  • Third Coast International Audio Festival

    Third Coast International Audio Festival has announced its 15th annual competition seeking the best audio documentaries and stories produced worldwide (in English).

    They’re going to be giving out a ton of different awards, so get your people into the mix. TCIAF has awarded over 130 prizes and $250,000 in cash prizes over the years. Deadline is July 14th.

    More information on the competition

  • Public Radio Tech Survey 7

    Public Radio Tech Survey 7

    We are living in times of rapid change and disruption. To keep up with the ways that public radio stations communicate and connect with their listeners, and the avenues from which they access content, we are pleased to continue to provide guidance in the form of our seventh annual Public Radio Tech Survey (PRTS7). In conjunction with our partners, Jacobs Media, PRTS7 will fielded in mid-May. We’d like to invite your station to be a participant in this research.

    Learn more or register your station now

  • Morning Edition Spark Project
  • 2015 Board of Directors

    The results are in! Tamar Charney and Bill Anderson were elected to their second terms on the board.  Ben Adler from Capital Public Radio was also elected as a new board member.

    Read more about the Board of Directors

  • Jody Evans Begins Transition to PRPD President

    Please join us in welcoming the new PRPD President, Jody Evans. She assumes the full duties of that position on January 1, 2015.

    New contact info:

    150 Hilliard Ave.
    Asheville, NC 28801

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  • 2014 Public Radio Technology Survey

    Results of our 2014 Public Radio Technology Survey were revealed at this year's PRPD Public Radio Programming Conference - Listen to the session.

    Participating stations received all local results as all as complete national findings, including format breakdowns. Additional benefits included private in-depth webinar on national results with Jacobs, a participant only seminar at the conference and more.  Plan now to be a part of PRTS7!   More info....

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