American Public Media

American Public Media
Type Public radio network
Country United States
Availability Global
Headquarters St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Broadcast area
Parent American Public Media Group
Launch date
2004 (2004)
Official website

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. Until July 2015, APM also operated Classical South Florida, which was sold to Educational Media Foundation, a California-based religious broadcasting company that airs contemporary Christian music.[2][3]

Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, APM is best known for the distribution of the popular weekend program A Prairie Home Companion[4] and the national financial news program Marketplace.[5][6]

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.


APM distributes:[7]

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.


  1. "Minnesota Public Radio". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  2. John Strasswimmer (July 18, 2015). "Sale of WPBI-FM to leave NPR, classical music gap". Palm Beach Daily News. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  3. Ben Mook (July 8, 2015). "American Public Media Group aims to sell Fla. classical network to religious broadcaster". Current. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  4. 67th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2008.
  5. Marc Fisher (July 29, 2007). "To Air Is Divine, Say Backers of Imperiled Station". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  6. About us. American Public Media. Retrieved on 2008-05-20.
  7. "Programs". American Public Media. January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
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