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Information for radio stations becoming affiliates

Making Contact, is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Ireland.

Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems. Making Contact is FREE to noncommercial stations.

Using Making Contact on Your Station

We distribute Making Contact to non-commercial radio stations and online listeners without charge.

  • Download programs and promos each week. Our website is updated with a new edition every Wednesday by 6:30am GMT (Tuesday 10:30pm PST). The file compression is 11:1 at 44100 Hz, and retains virtually all aspects of the original sound file including overall quality, consistent sound level and range of frequencies.

Click to download FCC LEGAL radio friendly versions of our shows and promos

If you access the program from our podcast or URLs other than this area for stations, there may be a funding pitch preamble or a show length that’s not exactly 29 min.

Click here for webcrawler automatic download instructions.

Distribution Options — for automatic downloads

If you prefer to receive an automated download, below are directions on how to do it.

PLEASE NOTE: this is just an additional option—we are not getting rid of any of the current methods to receive Making Contact.  It’s still available on PRSS Content Depot, Audioport, PRX, and our website! And, please email us if you have any questions or concerns. Have your spider/crawler program go to this page: https://www.radioproject.org/sound/affiliates/

Shows will be named in the following manner—with the date always corresponding to the WEDNESDAY on which our program goes live. https://www.radioproject.org/sound/affiliates/MakingCon_110316_Ax.mp3 https://www.radioproject.org/sound/affiliates/MakingCon_110309_Ax.mp3 https://www.radioproject.org/sound/affiliates/MakingCon_110302_Ax.mp3 59-second promos will be named in this manner—with same corresponding WEDNESDAY dates. https://www.radioproject.org/sound/affiliates/MakingCon_110316_promo.mp3 https://www.radioproject.org/sound/affiliates/MakingCon_110309_promo.mp3 https://www.radioproject.org/sound/affiliates/MakingCon_110302_promo.mp3

The programs will be posted at least 4 or 5 days ahead of the airdate.

This process will begin next week—so next weeks links, which are already posted, are: https://www.radioproject.org/sound/affiliates/MakingCon_110706_Ax.mp3 https://www.radioproject.org/sound/affiliates/MakingCon_110706_promo.mp3

  • Sign up for “Making Contact – Advance show alerts” emails. We send out the new show’s description, including links to audio files and guest contact info – sign up here.

About the Promos:

  • We upload program-specific Making Contact promos for stations each week. They are broadcast-quality (128k mp3) and run :59 seconds long.
  • Each promo includes 0:10 end bed for station IDs.  The promos are made permanently available on the radio download page beside each show’s name.