About Transom

TRANSOM: “TRAN-sum”
A small hinged window above a door, allowing light and ventilation into hallways of older buildings. At magazine and newspaper offices, unsolicited manuscripts were submitted “over the transom.”

Atlantic Public Media & Transom.org

Atlantic Public Media (APM) administers Transom.org. APM is a non-profit organization based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts which has as its mission, “to serve public broadcasting through training and mentorship, and through support for creative and experimental approaches to program production and distribution.” APM is also the founding group for WCAI, public radio for the Cape, Coast and Islands under the management of WGBH-Boston. After Transom, APM co-founded (with SRG) the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) – an online marketplace and distribution center for radio content.

The idea for Transom.org came from journalist and devoted public radio listener, Bill McKibben, arising from his desire to hear more interesting and diverse stories on the air. Bill’s idea was championed by Jay Allison, Executive Director of APM, who liked it for the way it brings together the worlds of public radio and online community. Jay has been involved with both since the early days – with NPR since the 1970s and as host on The WELL and of The Association of Independent’s in Radio (AIR) online conferencing since the 1980s.

Transom launched in early 2001 after receiving lead funding from the Florence and Schumann Center for Democracy. In 2003, Transom won the first Peabody Award ever given exclusively to a website. In the years following, The Ford Foundation has funded Transom, and The National Endowment for the Arts has provided ongoing support. We are also supported by direct donation from our users.

You can learn more Atlantic Public Media’s award-winning work here.

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