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?

Sample outline

  • 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 Microphonefig1


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







Editing Audio

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.

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Tool-by-tool descriptions



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