The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today it is providing $1 million in new funding to Public Radio Exchange (PRX) for its Radiotopia podcast network project. The Knight Foundation also helped provide initial funding for the network, which PRX launched a little over a year ago with the goal of establishing “a model for sustaining quality, story-driven public radio shows.”
Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX, made today’s announcement on the Knight Foundation blog. According to Shapiro, Radiotopia will use the new funding “to give producers more production, logistical, technical, fundraising and marketing services; create a pilot fund to cultivate new ideas and talent; and bring on [its] first-ever executive producer to provide editorial vision and leadership… .”
Radiotopia currently has a lineup of 11 podcasts, including 99% Invisible, The Truth, and Love + Radio, with new shows to be added in the months ahead according to a press release issued by PRX.