FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between PRI and NPR?
Public Radio International (PRI) and National Public Radio (NPR) are the two major networks for public radio, and they operate independently of each other. Individual stations can be both an affiliate of PRI and a member of NPR, selecting programming offered by each.
What is the relationship between PRI and my local public radio station?
PRI and your local public radio station have an essential partnership. The public radio you enjoy is comprised of programs produced by individual stations, independent producers, and national networks like PRI. PRI provides critical services to help our affiliate stations nurture talent, promote their programs, exploit new technologies, and raise funds. Station-based and independent producers choose PRI because we provide them with the editorial independence they deserve and the support they need to take creative risks.
Why was PRI created?
A small group of station leaders established PRI in 1983 to give listeners greater choice in radio programming than was previously available. Prior to PRI's founding, NPR was the sole national distributor and, in most cases, carried only its own Washington, D.C.-based productions. PRI was the first organization to distribute locally-produced public radio programs nationally. Since then, PRI has launched more new programs from independent and station-based producers than any other network.
Who hears PRI programming?
You do…and so do over 11 million other people each week. PRI's programs are available to 93% of U.S. Americans on over 700 public radio stations.
What programs does PRI produce and distribute?
PRI distributes over 400 hours of news and cultural programming each week. See our complete program listing.
Where can I hear PRI programs?
You can hear PRI programs in the U.S. on your local public radio station. Find it with our station locator. PRI programs are also available on Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Public Radio.