Take Notice: Eric Eddings of ‘The Nod’ is trailblazing a path for Black podcasters

At a time when the spotlight on Black voices is soaring to its apex in the world of podcasting, Eric Eddings, co-host of The Nod, has emerged as one of the industry’s shining stars.

The Nod, co-hosted by Eric and Brittany Luse, tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else. In our exclusive interview with Eric on the OPP podcast, he explains the origins of how the show came together.

The two podstars met while in college in Washington D.C., and their friendship continued when both moved to New York City. In an interview with NYC CBS Local’s DJ , Luse explains, “Eric and I met at a party in college. We both went to Howard University, and we kind of stayed friends from 2005. I guess I have to give Eric credit because he was the one that said we should start a podcast. It all just unraveled from there.”

A lot has changed for the dynamic duo. After three years of growing their star power at Gimlet, The Nod inked a deal with the new mobile app Quibi. The move over to Quibi signals a new beginning for the podcast veterans and the burgeoning trend of bringing podcast stars from behind the mic to in front of the camera. The move to the new platform also gives their fans a chance to get a daily dose of the hit podcast.

Recently, Eddings and Luse made waves with a report from The Verge announcing that the duo do not own the name “The Nod” and want their former employer, Spotify, to give up the rights. Back in 2017 while working at Gimlet on a series of other shows, they created the concept and pitched the show to the higher ups at Gimlet Media, which has now been acquired by Spotify.

The Verge article has sparked serious debate in the podcasting industry with regard to the legal rights of podcast creators and podcast networks that will surely continue over the next few months.

Stay tuned to OPP News as this story develops and click here for more exclusive interviews.

Corey Cambridge, Editor in Chief of OPP News

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