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Science Friday

Science Friday is a weekly call-in radio show that broadcasts each Friday in the U.S. on nearly 400 public radio stations and via podcast hosted by award-winning science journalist Ira Flatow. 

Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the source for entertaining and educational news about science, tech, and other cool stuff.

SciFri VoxPop provides a direct line to the production team, and lets the audience contribute their voice to upcoming stories.  For example, how is your county, city, or neighborhood responding to climate change? Your comments or questions might be featured on the national radio broadcast and podcast. 

Download the Android version here and iOS here.  


New Zealand and Pacific Community and Access Radio

In late March 2020 New Zealand shut down everything except essential services to fight the Covid 19 virus, and everyone confined themselves to their home “bubble.” New Zealand’s public media funder, NZ On Air, was suddenly and unexpectedly faced with studio closures at the 15 community and Pacific stations it supports nationwide.  

With each of them home to a wide range of people from local communities, studio access restrictions meant a sudden drop-off in content. Community station manager Phil Grey said much of this was for audiences who most needed timely information in their own languages.

NZ On Air funding adviser Nicole Rex was aware of the VoxPop platform and asked if it could also be made into a remote studio for broadcasters. “During Covid-19 it has been important to have them continue their broadcasts in a safe way, especially as they could broadcast important health information in many different languages and keep communities connected during lockdown”, she said.  

There is no time limit on recordings, unlimited downloads for content makers, and unlimited topics.

1A WAMU, Washington DC

Produced at WAMU studios in Washington D.C., 1A is carried by 330 stations on the NPR network and is heard by 3.6 million people weekly. You can send comments directly to the show via 1A VoxPop and get notifications about upcoming topics.

1A notes the VoxPop recordings sound much clearer than a phone call, and sending them takes less time than dialing their number and leaving a voicemail. Producers save time reviewing contributions by scrolling through voice-text transcripts.  Here's an example of how it sounds like the audience is in the studio, in an episode on Lyme Disease.

Rupert Allman, Founder & Executive Producer 1A:

“We launched 1A in 2017; audience engagement was then and is now, at the heart of our editorial process. Working with VoxPop has deepened our relationship with the people who matter most – our listeners. Whether they are hearing the show live, on-demand or on a device – folks are one tap away from leaving us a message in studio quality.

It has made a huge difference to the sound of the program, an on air reminder that we are ready to meet our audience wherever they are and whenever they choose. We could not be happier with the app and our work with its development team.

From a production point of view, the VoxPop app gives producers an easy interface that saves time and makes call selection a doddle. The app is popular, fun to use and has quickly established itself as a key tool in driving deep audience engagement.”

“Especially popular with young people, who , as many of us know, don’t make phone calls.”

Re-Imagining the Public Radio Talk Show, CPB, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Radio New Zealand

RNZ is our partner and provided the original testing ground for the platform with RNZ VoxPop.  Shows such as Sunday Morning with Jim Mora are demonstrating how VoxPop can free up studio and staff time. Sunday Morning runs a popular segment called “3 Minutes Max” where members of the community discuss issues important to them.   Logistically it was difficult.  Studio time would have to be booked etc. They now use RNZ VoxPop to gather in this audio in production quality, all organised in one place for them to review.  In essence, the studio goes to the audience. See How it works for more examples of how RNZ has been using the platform.