August 8, 2023–San Francisco, CA – KQED, the NPR and PBS member station based in San Francisco, announces the acquisition of the popular award-winning public radio program and podcast series Snap Judgment and podcast series Spooked. The programs, produced by Snap Judgment Studios and distributed by PRX, add to KQED’s growing list of award-winning nationally and locally focused podcasts and public radio programs that both inform and entertain listeners with fact-based journalism and evocative storytelling.
“Snap Judgment has a diverse team of creative producers whose unique storytelling has grown large and loyal broadcast and podcast audiences over more than a decade,” says Michael Isip, KQED’s President & CEO. “Adding their two established productions and an exceptional talent like Glynn Washington brings KQED new opportunities to grow our audiences and new possibilities to develop a pipeline of new podcast productions.”
Hosted by Glynn Washington, Snap Judgment mixes real stories with music to produce cinematic, dramatic programs. The series’ musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of others. Snap Judgment was launched in 2010 by Washington and Co-Executive Producer Mark Ristich. Today, the weekly radio broadcast airs on over 460 NPR stations across the country – including in the top 10 U.S. markets, with an average of approximately 1.5 million podcast downloads each month.
“Snap Judgment was born from public media, and our partnership with KQED means that Snap storytelling will stay in public media – where it belongs,” said Washington.
In 2017, Snap Judgment Studios launched Spooked, the podcast that features true-life supernatural stories, told first-hand by people who experienced them. The program has since released eight seasons worth of dramatic, spine-tingling episodes that challenge listeners’ notions of reality, including a handful of seasons as part of the subscription podcast network Luminary. As part of a partnership with KQED and PRX announced in April 2023, Spooked no longer requires a paid subscription to listen and is free on-demand across all major podcast platforms.