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Solo Podcasts

Podcasting on your own. No co-host, no interviews, just you and your content.

Upsides?

You don’t have to rely on anyone else. Independence.
You can record whenever you want. You don’t have to wait for someone else to be available.
You can talk about whatever you want. You don’t have to consult anyone else when making decisions about your podcast.
You don’t have to share the spotlight.
If you generate income you won’t have to share it with anyone else.

Downsides?

Content can be difficult to produce alone.
Some listeners may no find solo podcasts as entertaining as conversational, narrative, or dramatic podcasts.
There’s more work involved when you’re producing your podcast by yourself.

Multi-Host Podcasts

Podcasting with one, or more, cohosts.

The upsides?

Conversations can be entertaining, and spontaneous.
Help developing content for the show.
Conversations make podcasting easier for some people who would be to nervous to podcast alone.
The show can continue if one host takes a short, or long break – or leaves the show entirely.
Allows for more than one point of view.

Downsides?

Being dependent on other people to produce the show.
Scheduling recording times.
Having to consult with your cost(s) when developing content.
Sharing the spotlight, and potentially sharing income.
often times the primary host has decent equipment while the co-host has poor equipment.
If both hosts aren’t recorded properly the audio quality of the show suffers.

Interview Podcasts

Each podcast episode is an interview with a guest.

Upsides?

You don’t have to develop content for the show. Your guest delivers the content.
Allows for a wide range of points of view.
Can often go in an unplanned direction.
Fantastic marketing potential for both you, and your guest, through cross promotion. Many podcasts grow this way.

Downsides?

Dependent on your interviewee to produce a good show.
Scheduling can cause problems.
Audio quality of your interviewee.

Narration podcasts

Podcasts wherein the host acts a narrater.

In narration podcasts a story, or an interview, is narrated by the host. Most of the show consists of interviews, or field recordings of some kind. The show is punctuated, and directed, by the voice of a narrator. This is a popular format among public radio stations.

Upsides?

retains the interest of listeners as it’s more entertaining.
Allows for different points of view, and voices.
Often goes in a direction dictated not by the narrator, but by the people interviewed, or the content of the discovery process the producer experiences.
Allows for an aesthetically pleasing use of music, field recordings, and sound effects.

Downsides?

Much more difficult to produce.
Requires interviews, and story boarding.
The narrator often doesn’t have control of the messaging, the interviewees have more control.
Often requires getting permission from musicians, and others, who’s music is used in the production.

Radio Drama

Telling a story with Multiple Actors, and a completely immersive production that includes sound effects, and music. Imagine a movie without with picture.

Upsides?

Highly entertaining.
Scripted and controlled.
A fore stage and film acting.

Downsides?

Even more difficult to produce than a narrative podcast.
Requires much more time to produce as actors must have time to prepare for their parts. Often it’s better if the actors record together so that the interact while acting out their parts.
Scheduling becomes a problem.
Editing sound effects, audio beds, etc., takes a lot more time.

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