Making your first podcast
Making a podcast is easy. And it’s easy to mess up. Following a few simple rules will keep your podcast sounding great.
If you’ve never listened to a podcast, you should listen to a few of these podcasts so you know what the genre sounds like.
Planning – To Script or Not to Script?
- Intro music jingle (repeat for each show so listeners identify the jingle with your show): 15-30 seconds
- Show intro monologue (who you are, what you’re going to talk about): 30-60 seconds
- Topic 1: 3 minutes
- Topic 2: 3 minutes
- Interlude (music or break): 10-15 seconds
- Topic 3: 3 minutes
- Topic 4: 3 minutes
- Closing remarks (thank audience, thank guests, talk about the next show): 2 minutes
- Closing music jingle (suggest same as Intro music jingle): 15 sec
Audio Gathering – GIGO
Choose a Microphone
Find a Location to Record
Practice Good Microphone Technique
The further away you are from the mic, the more you will record the space around you. A good starting distance is about 5 inches. You can watch this video for more about mic placement.
Finding Appropriate Music
Using multi-track audio editing software you can combine and layer multiple audio files. There are many options available. Audacity is a free, cross-platform tool that has all the feature you need to create a podcast.