Independent podcasters in Boston can finally come out of their blanket-draped rooms.
The Podcast Garage, a professional recording studio open to the public, has found a home in Lower Allston.
The Public Radio Exchange, or PRX, the distribution team behind Radiotopia and “This American Life,” opened the space as a part of Harvard’s Zone 3 initiative to provide aspiring podcasters and radio producers with low-cost recording facilities and editing equipment.
“As a global leader committed to growing audio content, talent and technology, we’re thrilled to bring our mission to life in a physical studio that serves our very own community,” Kerri Hoffman, CEO of PRX said in a statement. “The Podcast Garage will be our skunkworks — a laboratory where diverse voices can hone their stories and talent.”
The Garage, located at 267 Western Ave., will be more than just a co-working space. By hosting training sessions, listening parties, and networking events, it is intended to be a watering hole for the local podcasting community.
PRX also plans to draw on the audio scene already growing in Massachusetts. With local partners such as WBUR, WGBH, Transom, and The New England Center for Investigative Reporting nearby, PRX will provide audio storytellers of all skill levels access to the expertise of some of the top reporters and producers working in the field.
“As an independent producer, I know you can’t make great work by yourself. You need a village,” said Megan Tan, host of Radiotopia’s “Millennial” podcast, in a statement. “I’ve collaborated with people remotely, but the dream is always to be together in one place, so you’re not alone during the frustrating moments or the victory dances.”
The Garage will be open Monday through Thursday, noon-8 p.m., and Friday, noon-5 p.m. PRX will also be accepting studio reservation requests and public programming pitches.Carly Sitrin can be reached at email@example.com