Episode 145

Nerdist Podcast

Kurt Loder

Nerdist Podcast #145: KURT LODER

MTV News legend and gracious dude Kurt Loder chats about piloting Rolling Stone in the 80s, newsing it up at MTV in the 90s, and an obsession with films that supports his new book The Good, The Bad and the Godawful: 21st Century Movie Reviews .

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  • Maybe too insider for anyone to know but who is the womens voice we hear chime in every once in a while, seemingly knowing every answer. I thought it might be katie levine the podcast producer but then at one point Chris refered to someone in the room as Jennifer. Someone who works at Meltdown? Anyhow just curious. Great episode.

  • Kurt Loder brought so much credibility to MTV… News. But all around. He could make even the most trivial stories sound important. He really is a voice! It seemed to me he was holding back talking about his former employer… And peers… It’s pretty general… You want in depth stuff… Read John Norris’s article… And also, Chris…. I have all your episodes of TRASHED on tape!!! It’s been on the tape-trading circuit for years!

  • Sorry going to have to skip this episode. Loder has always come of as the typical Rolling Stone music elitist. HIs hatred for nerd-friendly genres like prog rock are well documented. Also his efforts to keep deserving bands of that genre like Rush out of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame is well known.

  • M@: I’m not sure that makes him elitist…I think it just means he has a different opinion than yours. Still, they’re your ears, so you can not put whatever you want in ‘em! See ya next ep!


  • @chris I completely agree, musical tastes are completely subjective and I would never be as presumptuous as to tell Kurt what he should or should not like. However, as a voter for the RnR HoF, I personally feel a person should be able to try to be somewhat objective, despite personal opinion. There are many bands in the HoF that I would personally never listen to; however, I would acknowledge their deserving contributions.

    Loder has made petty comments about certain bands never getting in if he has something to say about it. Again,this comes back to your point that it is his opinion and his right as a voter to vote as he feels. I cannot argue with that. But it was this behavior and these types of snarky comments that make me think of him as a music elitist, rather than just him having different tastes than me.

    Keep up the awesome work, it was been truly amazing to see this podcast absolutely blow up in the last couple of years. You deserve all the success.

  • I’ll send those Trashed tapes to you!!! Funny that I’ve been listening to your podcast or following you for awhile… but this is the first time I actually wanted to tell you about TRASHED… I guess the Kurt Loder thing was some conduit. I’ve crossed paths with you a few times. Obvioulsy at the San Diego Comic-Con since I’m a staff member there… I remember seeing you going up the stairs at the G4…. AND i kept screaming TRASHED instead of SINGLED OUT… I did try to audition for AOTS… pre- MUNN…

    Anyway, I’ll whip up a link real soon for you.

  • I’m currently listening to this episode and heard Chris mention that he believed the Zildjian company was “part of the Turkish Empire”. And I’m confused now – did he mean the Ottoman or the Seljuk one?

    (I’m sorry, that was a bad joke… please don’t hurt me.)

  • I LOVED this episode! My wee self knew Loder was the best part of MTV once upon a time and I still adore him. He’s fascinating and I enjoyed this very, very much.

    Also, I enjoyed the last few minutes. Hey Nerdist guys, please get future Academy Award winner and star of Piranha 3D, Adam Scott, on your podcast soon!!! I’m actually shocked this hasn’t happened yet.

  • That was a truly fascinating episode. Learn about Kurt.
    And as a watcher of MTV back in those days, all the questions I’ve ever wanted to ask Hardwick have jus been answered. Thanks

  • I am so thankful and was so happy to see this interview. I do not mean to ever lodge a complaint at anything free and wonderful. If I may be so bold as to just say one thing: I really wish you guys would have been a little more quiet and let Kurt talk. It has been so long since the world has heard from him and this is such an easy going format to hear him talk and I would’ve loved to hear more from him. If I am mistaken in how this all went down, I’m sorry! I love your show.