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WFMT Switches Distribution System

Producer dropping satellite for Web-based system

The WFMT Radio Network is changing program distributors, switching from satellite to Web-based distribution.

WFMT will begin distributing its noncommercial classical, jazz and spoken-word programming through the Public Radio Exchange. The change means the Public Radio Satellite System will stop distribution of WFMT programming as of July 1.

PRX is a Web-based platform that handles licensing, carriage billing and metrics. Some 300 stations carry WFMT programming. Chicago-based WFMT said the change would enable the programmer to expand international production and distribution.

PRX and the WFMT Radio Network say they’re working with each station on the transition to the new service. Stations will not be charged any additional fees to access programs through PRX’s delivery system.

PRX was created through a collaboration of the Station Resource Group and Atlantic Public Media, and receives support from public radio stations and producers, CPB and various foundations.