It’s App-solutely Fabulous – KQED’s new iPhone App!

San Francisco, October 10, 2011—The iPhone and iPad are ubiquitous in the Bay Area, and now fans of KQED can access award-winning public media on these devices with the free KQED app, available in the iTunes App Store.

The app was built with a need-to-know, on-the-go lifestyle in mind. From quick discovery to deep exploration, the app is a convenient way to enjoy favorite programs and services from KQED, the Bay Area’s flagship public media outlet.

Features include:

-          One click access to KQED 88.5 FM’s live stream and the latest KQED News newscast.

-          Full length episodes of KQED-produced television programs, including Check, Please! Bay Area, QUEST, This Week in Northern California, and Spark.

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-          Daily schedule information for KQED radio and television services.

-          Live and on-demand access to popular radio programs such as Forum, The Do List, and Perspectives, as well as public radio favorites like Fresh Air and This American Life.

-          The latest local news stories, as well as headlines around the nation and the world from NPR.

-          KQED original Web content covering the local news, arts, and food scenes, including News Fix, Bay Area Bites, Gallery Crawl, and The Writer’s Block.

-          Geo-targeted discounts on restaurants, museums, and rental cars for KQED members through KQED Perks.

-          KQED event calendar with “must do” events around the Bay Area.

-          The ability to make a donation or renew your membership.

The app is, well, App-solutely Fantastic!

“With the introduction of our iPhone app, KQED audiences will be able to take us wherever they are, and access KQED's content whenever they want,” stated Tim Olson, vice president of KQED Interactive. “The iPhone app allows us to build even closer relationships with our audiences and, because of our location in the middle of the world’s tech capital, the app allows KQED public media to expand our partnerships with some of the region's most forward-thinking companies.”

The KQED iPhone app was developed in partnership with Public Radio Exchange (PRX), a public media innovator based inCambridge,MA. Development funding for the public media app was supplied by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Further funding for the development of the KQED app was provided by the members of KQED.

The app is available as a free download in the iTunes App Store. For more information, visit kqed.org/iphone.

About PRX

PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling content to millions of people. We operate public radio’s largest distribution marketplace (http://www.prx.org) and create cutting-edge apps, including KCRW Music Mine, Public Radio Player, This American Life, and major station apps including WBUR Boston. PRX is supported by independent producers and stations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Knight Foundation.

About KQED

KQED (kqed.org) has served Northern California for more than 50 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area), and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5 FM San Francisco and 89.3 FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms kqed.org and KQEDnews.org; and KQED Education. KQED Public Television, one of the nation's most-watched public television outlets, is the producer of local and national series such as QUEST; Check, Please! Bay Area; This Week in Northern California; Truly CA; and Essential Pépin.  KQED's digital television channels include 9HD, KQED Life, KQED World, KQED Kids, and KQED V-me, and are available 24/7 on Comcast.  KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny and The California Report, is one of the most-listened-to public radio outlets in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service delivering more than eighteen local newscasts each weekday.  KQED Interactive provides KQED’s cross-platform news service, KQEDnews.org; and offers several popular local blogs, video and audio podcasts, and a live radio stream at kqed.org. KQED Education brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents, and the general public through workshops, community screenings, and multimedia resources.

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Media Contact: Scott Walton

swalton@kqed.org / 415.553.2145