WHAT I Do
Helping organizations and talented people make great audio
I love helping organizations and talent seize this moment and expand their brand through a unique voice in spoken-word audio. We’ll work and plan together to embrace strategic opportunities to make distinctive podcasts and audio content that expand the boundaries of your reach and audience.
I have a reputation as a disruptive thinker and creator with deep business experience, always with an eye toward invention and innovation.
I have top-level skills as a thinker and doer: a rare combination of strategic forethought and the ability to execute on the ground.
CONSULTING & STRATEGIC PLANNING
I work with others to articulate vision, set strategy, create goals, conceptualize projects, and tactical planning around their organizational and digital audio initiatives. I facilitate and lead groups of leaders, staff, board members, and internal/external stakeholders to envision the future.
PRODUCTION AND PILOTING
Let’s go into the studio (or out into the field) and make something fantastic together. I can provide production help for your work, help connect you to best-in-field artists and production staff, or help you get started through distribution-quality piloting.
PODCAST/SHOW AUDITS, TRAINING, AND MENTORING
There are a lot of passionate organizations and people in podcasting and digital audio who need help to unlock their potential. Some are new to audio and podcasting; others have started out but feel stuck trying to figure out how to achieve broader impact and success. I’ve been there. I can help.
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 started NPR’s podcasting efforts in 2005 and remained its 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.
WORK I'VE MADE
Over the past 13 years, I've made podcasts that routinely top the charts, appear in yearly “best of” lists, win awards, and generate hundreds of millions of downloads. I have created more than 130 podcasts and radio programs. Below are some of my most recognized work (in reverse chronological order--Audible at the top; NPR further down).
Beyond audio examples, I have has written quite a bit about audio, radio, and podcasting, highlights can be found here.
As part of a commission from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, I also authored public radio’s definitive work on understanding on-air promotion. It can be found here.
“Is West Cork the new Serial? No, this murder mystery is far better.”
—The Sunday Times
An Audible Original podcast produced in February, 2018. Just days before Christmas in 1996, Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered outside her home near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. And the case remains unsolved. The series can be found at audible.com/westcork
Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
"Provocative, intriguing and insightful all at once."
Step into iconic relationship therapist Esther Perel’s office and listen as 10 anonymous couples in search of insight bare the raw, intimate, and profound details of their story. From infidelity, to sexlessness, to loss, it’s a space for people to be heard and understood. It’s also a place for us to listen and feel empowered in our own relationships.
The Butterfly Effect
Join bestselling author Jon Ronson as he traces a very strange butterfly effect. A teen in Brussels had an idea – to make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are mysterious, delightful, surprising, and sad. This 7-part series takes you on a journey to places you’ll never expect.
Some stories are too sensitive, painful or potentially damaging to share publicly -- unless they can be shared anonymously. TED and Audible present Sincerely, X: an original audio series featuring talks from speakers whose ideas deserve to be heard, but whose identities must remain hidden. The first season features a compelling program of victims, perpetrators, investigators, activists, empaths and more.
Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.
TED Radio Hour
The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
Ask Me Another
Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton bring the lively spirit of your favorite trivia night right to your ears. Hear hilarious games, puzzles, and music, all played in front of a live audience.
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