Should public media’s role on the Internet be to make content for commercial platforms? Or should public media try to be the platform?
The new RadioPublic mobile app is attempting to do the latter.
Last spring, Public Radio Exchange’s Jake Shapiro spun off from the organization he helped found in 2003 and started RadioPublic as a new public benefit corporation. The goal, as set out in PRX’s announcement at the time, is “to build a mobile listening platform that makes listening to podcasts as simple as radio.”
Well, now that platform is here. This week — as The Pub returns from hiatus — we take RadioPublic for a test drive with Shapiro and Matt MacDonald, RP’s chief product officer, and we talk about why they felt they had to leave the nonprofit world in order to create it.
Also this week, I use the very silly new podcast my friend and I made about Billy Joel to make a vaguely serious point about how and when to insert clips into talk shows.
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Adam Ragusea hosts Current’s weekly podcast The Pub and is a journalist in residence and visiting assistant professor at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism.