WHO I AM
Eric Nuzum has a consistent record in audio, broadcast, and podcasting that few have matched. He HAS DEVELOPED A NUMBER OF ICONIC PROGRAMS AND BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES OF INNOVATION IN THE EVOLVING PODCAST ECOSYSTEM.
Eric Nuzum is a rare combination of creative leader and thinker with an unparalleled track record of invention, driving transformation, and getting amazing things done.
He is considered a leading “go-to” expert in audio, podcasting, radio, and spoken word entertainment. Always a step ahead, Eric Nuzum is a creative strategist who delivers impressive growth, fresh ideas, and innovative approaches to problem solving, as well as articulating pathways to clear and measurable success.
He led the origins of NPR’s podcasting efforts in 2005 and remained that effort’s leading creative and strategic force for the following decade, turning it into a massive source of audience and revenue. He brought programs like Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Snap Judgment, and Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me into the podcasting ecosystem and helped them become iconic hits. As a creator, he developed some of NPR’s most successful podcasts, such as TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia. He continued his track record of success during his tenure as Audible’s leader for short-form content and podcasting, creating such recognized podcasts as Sincerely X (another co-production with TED), The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, and Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel. Eric is currently writing the first published book on audio and podcasting creation, titled Think Like They Listen, for publication by Workman Publishing in 2019.
He has deep relationships, trust, and good reputations within the creative community, which makes Eric a draw for top talent and great ideas. While it is not uncommon for a podcast producer to have a successful program, the number of producers who’ve created multiple innovative hits can be counted on your fingers--including Eric. Most producers specialize in one specific skill and don’t have a lot of experience in taking responsibility for the whole lifecycle of a project. Eric does.
I write a lot of things. Some people read them.
I've written three books
- Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America (HarperCollins, 2001).
- The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires From Nosferatu to Count Chocula (St Martins, 2007).
- Giving Up The Ghost: A Story about Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted (Random House, 2013).
Plus a lot of articles, essays, features, and posts for various publications, some you've heard of, some you haven't.
There is no online archive of my writing.
However, here are some links to various things scattered around the Internet that I've written.
Articles and related media about audio
Over the last 20 years I've written several articles about the blooming intersection between radio, audio, and digital media. Below is a compendium of some of my more significant writing on the subject.
Papers and articles written by me
How public radio's risk-averse culture impedes its chances for success (Current, January 10, 2018.)
What I'd Say at World Radio Summit If I Wasn't On A 40-Minute Panel With Five Other People. Alternatively titled: Stop waiting for someone else to figure out the digital future for you.
(Medium, April 14, 2016.)
Program directors challenged to think about audience, not formats.
(Current, September 30, 2015.)
Where does Car Talk belong? Let listeners decide.
(Current, June 26, 2012.)
Singing in the Echo Chamber: Music censorship in the U.S. after September 11th
(Freemuse, Fall 2005.)
On-Air Program Promotion Insight Study
(Commissioned by the Corporation for Pubic Broadcasting, April 1, 2004.)
Public Internet Consumer Insight Study
(Commissioned by the Corporation for Pubic Broadcasting, September, 2000.)
Podcast conversations and videos of talks about radio, audio, and media
Creating Compelling Podcasts
(Talk at Design Driven NYC event @ Buzzfeed, March, 2017.)
The Podcast Boom
(Talk at the International Symposium on Journalism, April, 2017.)
The Wolf Den Podcast - Episode 110
(July 21, 2016.)
The Only Ten Words That Matter
(Talk - and podcast episode - from my presentation at the Third Coast International Audio Festival, 2016.)
DASH Podcast Episode 3: Eric Nuzum
(July 19, 2016.)
The Pub Episode #20: Eric Nuzum
(May 28, 2015.)
To reach me directly, feel free to
email me at eric [dot] nuzum [at] gmail [dot] com
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