American Public Media

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American Public Media
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Type Public radio network
Broadcast area
Headquarters St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Parent American Public Media Group
Key people
Dave Kansas, president
Launch date2004;17 years ago (2004)

American Public Media (APM) is the second largest producer and distributor of public radio programs in the United States after NPR. [1] Its non-profit parent, American Public Media Group, also owns and operates radio stations in Minnesota and California. Its station brands include Minnesota Public Radio and Southern California Public Radio. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, APM is best known for distribution of the popular weekend program Live From Here and the national financial news program Marketplace . [2] [3]


Historical ties to Public Radio International

Formerly, much of American Public Media's programming content was distributed by Public Radio International, which itself was named "American Public Radio", or APR, until July 1, 1994. APR was formed by four stations—the Minnesota Public Radio network, WGBH in Boston, WNYC in New York, and KUSC in Los Angeles—to distribute A Prairie Home Companion . PRI owns and produces numerous programs today, but still also distributes diverse programming from many sources. In contrast, APM, which was founded in 2004, predominantly distributes content that it owns and produces itself; exceptions include The Story with Dick Gordon (which ended production in October 2013), the distribution to US stations of the BBC World Service, and the BBC Proms broadcasts from Royal Albert Hall in London.[ citation needed ]

The split happened as MPR and PRI began seeing each other more as potential competitors after MPR lost the partnership to WGBH to produce The World , and MPR purchased PRI-distributed Marketplace for its own distribution channels. [4]

APM Reports

APM Reports is the investigative journalism unit of APM, [5] [6] based in St. Paul, Minnesota. [7] Established in November 2015, APM Reports' journalists are drawn from Minnesota Public Radio and the former American RadioWorks. [6] It produces documentary as well as investigative journalism. [6] In 2019, APM Reports journalists Madeleine Baran and Samara Freemark received a Polk Award for season 2 of In the Dark , their investigation into the case of Curtis Flowers, who was tried six times for a quadruple murder in Winona, Mississippi in 1996. [7] [8] This was the first Polk Award given to a podcast. [7] [9] The In the Dark journalists also won two Peabody Awards, in 2016 and 2020, for the first and second seasons of In the Dark. [10]

Classical South Florida

Until July 2015, APM operated Classical South Florida (WMLV-FM 89.7), which was sold to Educational Media Foundation, a California-based religious broadcasting company that airs contemporary Christian music; it now brands itself as a K-Love station. [11] [12]

Programs distributed

APM also distributes: [5]

Several specials are also distributed by APM on a less frequent basis, including a number of Christmas programs, Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving, and the BBC Proms .


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