More Sessions and Events Confirmed for PRPD19

If you haven’t made plans to attend the only public radio conference dedicated exclusively to programming and content, don’t wait another minute. STANDARD REGISTRATION ENDS ON JULY 26!

Here's a glimpse of what's in store and some ways you can participate.

The Current Microshow, in partnership with Live from Here – Special PRPD Edition!

Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing
Tuesday, August 27 at Fine Line Music Cafe
Featuring Son Volt, Chastity Brown and Chris Thile 
Doors: 7 p.m.

Just blocks from PRPD HQ, join The Current, Live from Here and New Belgium Brewing for a very special edition of The Current's Microshow event series, featuring three extraordinary acts in a once-in-a-lifetime lineup. Chris Thile, host of Live from Here, performs a special solo acoustic set to start off the evening; Minnesota's own Chastity Brown beguiles with her soulful acoustic folk; and Jay Farrar and friends perform in a rare intimate space - just for the PRPD attendees and Twin Cities fans who sign up for a first-come, first-served experience. Get your entry badge when you check in at the registration desk.

We’re looking for YOUR involvement in a number of sessions this year. Here’s how you can shape the experience.

Ethics Can Be Fun….Really!
In stations and newsrooms across the public radio landscape, challenging ethical decisions are being made every day and sometimes it’s difficult to know where to draw the line. Ethics can seem like a dry topic. But this session will be interactive, entertaining and fun, helping you navigating ethical issues at your station. We’ll be digging into real situations you’ve faced with our panel of ethics experts. If you have an example you’d like to share at this session, send an email with the subject line ETHICS to All names and stations will be changed to protect the innocent (or guilty).

Public Radio Cohort Meetings!
This year, the format meetings are included in the actual agenda – Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 2:30 p.m. All format meetings are open to everyone and populated by some of each group’s leading GMs, PDs, and hosts who attend our conference. These informal gatherings serve as a forum for each cohort to discuss its unique challenges and opportunities. This is a GREAT chance to hear from peers and leaders on issues that you face every day. The hosts of these meeting want to hear from you! Send your thoughts and ideas to and we’ll make sure they get your message.

  • News/Talk Group – Hosted by Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio and Arvid Hokansen, KUOW
  • Triple A Group – Hosted by Jim McGuinn, The Current
  • Classical Group – Hosted by Bill Lueth, KDFC/USC Radio Group
  • Jazz Group – Hosted by Michael Rathke, WRTI
  • Independent Producer's Meeting – Hosted by Daren Dortin, Ozark Highlands Radio

More Sessions!!!
Add these to your list of reasons to attend.

“Live Events That Strengthen Public Radio”
In a time of deafening online chatter and digital isolation, live events have become a powerful force for good. Attending live events makes people feel more connected to each other, the community, and the world around them. In this session, we'll explore a variety of different events, from policy discussions to live podcasts to music performances, that engage with passionate audiences and create positive impressions for your brand.
“Who Are We Making This For? A New Look at Audience for Podcast Strategy and More”
Anyone can make a podcast, but not everyone understands their audience. In this interactive session, you will go beyond market research and audience analytics and walk away with a road map for content development that holds the listener at the center of your key decisions. The panel will share real-world stories about how their stations have served new audiences, retained talent and strengthened their content development process through their podcasts. This audience-centered, design thinking will allow you to map key stakeholders and talk to potential listeners.
“Research, Relevance and Racial Bias: The Case for Culturally Competent Newsrooms”
A recent survey of Minnesota media professionals unearthed a disturbing disconnect. While a majority of journalists say it is necessary to understand racial bias in order to be effective in their jobs, most have never received unconscious bias or similar training. Yet despite this lack of training, the majority of Minnesota journalists feel confident in their ability to report on racial and cultural groups other than their own. This disconnect not only undermines accuracy and fairness in news coverage, it stokes harmful stereotypes and traumatizes people and communities whose narratives are routinely under-represented, misrepresented or absented from coverage. In this session, participants unpack this and other research findings from the 2019 Racial Narratives in Minnesota Media Survey and create the case – and roadmap -- for making cultural competency an essential qualification for anyone working in public media.

The standard registration rate ends on July 26, so don't delay.
Register today.