Eric Nuzum, for 11 years VP of Programming at NPR, will leave the network in early June for a new job at Audible.com. Eric will be missed within NPR and at NPR stations across the nation. He made positive and lasting contributions to public radio and public media during his tenure.
|ERIC NUZUM • AUTHOR,SCHOLAR, CURATOR, COMMUNICATOR|
Nuzum more than filled the shoes of his predecessor Jay Kernis. Kernis, when he was in charge of programming at NPR, was a brilliant strategist and coach but he also had a tin ear. The Bryant Park Project seemed to be his Waterloo. A revolving cast of senior executives led to Kernis’ exit.
Eric Nuzum has a great ear and an intuitive feel for strong communicators. Kernis could be aloof and scientific Nuzum is so approachable he seems like someone you’d like to invite to your next party.
Now Nuzum is going to Audible.com – a major player in the online book biz. He will become Audible’s Senior Vice President of Original Content Development. He is a great choice for the gig.
I love to hear about folks who are successful in both noncom and business. The two worlds feed each other knowledge, survival skills and perspective.
Eric has been in public radio since he was 19. Take it from someone who has been in the commercial media fast lane, this may be an adjustment for Eric. But, I am sure he will swim with best of them.
LET ME HEAR YOUR BODY TALK
I first met Eric about twenty years ago when I was Director of News at PRI. Eric was at WOSU and produced a national show called Body Talk – a doc talk advice program. He invited me to be on a panel at the old Public Radio Conference (“PRC”) about creating successful radio programs. As I recall, it was a packed room and it went overtime.
That’s when I thought to myself: Eric Nuzum totally gets it. He thinks nationwide. He’s got the ear of a customer.
We talked often at conferences. Both of us are fans of writer Chuck Klosterman – a friend of Eric’s. Fargo Rock City – one of the greatest rock n roll books ever written – was out then.
Eric then released his own book: Parental Advisory: Music Censorship In America. It is still the definitive reporting on the congressional hearings on music lyrics. They were championed by Tipper Gore and featured testimony from Frank Zappa and many others. I recommend the book which is available at [LINK].
All of us who have worked with Eric wish him well.
ONE MORE THING ABOUT ERIC NUZUM
Did you know that Eric owns a painting by serial killer John Wayne Gacy? Yes, it’s true. I didn’t believe it until he sent me a photo. Creeped me out, man!
I think it was this one: