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A New Web Site for PRSS

Project is a collaboration with recently acquired Public Interactive

In a collaboration with application service provider Public Interactive, which NPR acquired last year, NPR Distribution has launched a new Web site for the Public Radio Satellite System.

Look for that collaboration to form the basis of other endeavors.

Organizers say the site is more intuitive and that pages load more quickly. The site provides info to stations and producers about the system and also is the main gateway to the ContentDepot distribution infrastructure. PRSS VP Pete Lowenstein said in the announcement that for many public radio stations, the Web site is the “face” of the PRSS.

The site also hosts information on PRSS products and services including Content Exchanges, WebDACS and program producer resources, as well as training modules.

PRSS is a distribution network that feeds programming to public radio stations; it is a cooperative managed by NPR Distribution. Connected stations own their down- and uplink equipment; the satellite transponder capacity and national operating gear in Washington are owned by a charitable trust.

NPR acquired online service provider Public Interactive last year. It provides modules that help broadcasters with their online offerings. Its 170 subscribers operate 325 public radio and TV stations. The site uses the PI Public Platform content management system for creating and maintaining Web pages.