Brad Turner

Brad Turner joined CPR in 2013 and is now executive producer of CPR’s Audio Innovations Studio. The department specializes in podcasting and other creative audio projects.

Brad has helped develop, produce or oversee a wide range of award-winning news, music and cultural podcasts at Colorado Public Radio. Highlights include Back from Broken, an interview podcast about addiction, mental health and recovery; On Something, about life in the U.S. after cannabis legalization; ¿Quién Are We?, exploring the wide range of identities in the Latino community; Terra Firma, a podcast combining essays about nature with outdoor soundscapes; and Music Blocks, a music education series that won an Ambie for Best Kids Podcast from the Podcast Academy. He also launched and hosted Centennial Sounds, featuring stories about contemporary classical composers and music from performances across Colorado. He’s also produced and composed music for many CPR podcasts.

Some of his favorite podcasts to recommend are Heavyweight, Song Exploder, Radiolab, No Feeling Is Final, How Did This Get Made? and Sound Escapes. And he has a special fondness for Soundcheck, which was one of Brad’s entry points for podcasts and public radio programming in general. He also loves playing the bass guitar, watching documentaries and exploring the mountains with his family.

Before focusing on podcasting, Brad was the digital editor for CPR’s music services, managing content for CPR Classical and CPR’s OpenAir. He has also contributed music and arts coverage to CPR News and Colorado Matters, and written for NPR Music’s Songs We Love and Deceptive Cadence blogs. His reporting has been featured by NPR’s Morning Edition and Here & Now, as well as the PBS NewsHour.

Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and music, University of Colorado-Boulder

Professional background:
Before Brad came to CPR, he spent time as a reporter and editor for several news outlets, covering stories about environmental issues, the outdoors, politics and the arts. Brad also spent six years as a reporter and editor for the Longmont Times-Call. He was also the editor at New West, a website covering the Rocky Mountains. He has written for The Denver Post, Boulder’s Daily Camera and MTV Online.