Nerdist CEO Chris Hardwick on Entrepreneurship and Finding Balance

Chris Hardwick might be the hardest working nerd. He is founder and CEO of Nerdist Industries, with tentacles in podcasting, online tech news, a YouTube channel and television. He hosts Comedy Central’s daily @midnight program, along with his own Nerdist podcast, which has produced more than 500 episodes. That’s a lot of projects, many more since he last talked with Jeff Ullrich on The Wolf Den in 2011. So it’s only fitting for Chris to…

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Alex Blumberg Proposes a New Model for Sustaining Podcast Journalism

“To be successful in journalism you have to have some entrepreneurial instincts.” That’s what public radio producer Alex Blumberg tells Jeff Ullrich in episode #57 of The Wolf Den podcast. Alex is a long-standing producer for This American Life and the co-founder of the NPR podcast and radio program Planet Money. He and his co-producer Adam Davidson applied those entrepreneurial instincts at Planet Money when they launched a wildly successful Kickstarter to make a t-shirt…

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Slate Debuts The Gist with Mike Pesca – It’s Good News for Podcasting

On Monday Slate Magazine debuted its newest podcast, The Gist with Mike Pesca. The host left his high-profile position as NPR sports correspondent earlier this year to join Slate. Next week the company will premiere its second new podcast, Money, hosted by former Reuters financial blogger Felix Salmon. Slate’s investment in podcasting is good news for the medium. In particular it’s exciting to see Slate attract strong talent like Pesca and Salmon to host these…

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BBC Podcast Documentary Highlights the Value of Ads and Host Reads

The BBC recently aired a two part radio documentary called “Podcasting – the First Ten Years.” Produced by UK podcasters Helen Zaltzman & Olly Mann, co-hosts of Answer Me This!, the program looks at the medium’s birth and growth, profiling prominent producers from both sides of the pond. In part two Zaltzman and Mann get into the close relationship between fans and host, and the important aspect of podcasters making a fair living creating their…

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Ellen Weiss Anchors E.W. Scripps’ Digital Strategy on DecodeDC Podcast

Under the leadership of new Washington multimedia bureau chief Ellen Weiss, the E.W. Scripps Company acquired the DecodeDC podcast last year. In fact, this may be one of the first, and only, podcast acquisitions in the history of the medium. Weiss knows a thing or two about radio, audio and journalism. With close to three decades at NPR and a stint at the Center for Public Integrity, she has been an active participant in the…

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