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Make a Podcast

Want to start a podcast? This guide will help you get started!

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NPR's Podcast Start up Guide

From NPR comes the definitive guide to podcasting--featuring step-by-step advice on how to find a unique topic, tell the best stories, and engage the most listeners, as well as the secrets that will take your podcast to the next level. 

Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You)

From the McElroy Brothers, creators of the podcasts My Brother, My Brother and Me and The Adventure Zone, comes a  how-to podcast guide covering everything you need to know to make, produce, edit, and promote a podcast.

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How To Start A Podcast, According To The Pros At NPR

Audience and Format

Identify Your Audience

When you begin creating a podcast, you need to decide and identify your audience. It is important to meet your audience where they currently are. Start with asking yourself these questions:

  • Where are they?
  • What are they doing while listening to podcasts?
  • What are they looking for?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • What makes this podcast different from similar podcasts?
  • Do you have the people, time, and resources to dedicate to your project?

Example: Lucy wants to start a podcast about life as a community college student. She identifies her audience as other community college students and people that may be interested in attending a community college. These people might listen to her podcast while driving or studying. 

Pick a Format

Deciding on your format can help you create structure as you begin the podcasting process and develop it over time. Here are some formats that you could start with:

  • Solo/Monologue 
    • Single individual speaking alone.
  • Interview
    • Guests bring unique expertise and experience.
  • Conversational/Co-host
    • Two people having a conversation.
  • Panel
    • Multiple interview guests. Similar to an interview format, but with more people.
  • Non-fictional Storytelling
    • Discuss real-life events or informational topics that can be one episode or a series of episodes.
  • Podcast Theater
    • Fictional stories told across multiple episodes, similar to dramatic television
  • Video Podcasting
    • Podcast with a video component.

Write a Script

Use Elements in Your Podcast

Using elements adds a new layer to your podcast for your listeners. These elements can help your listeners feel like they are a part of the story too. Podcast elements can include:

  • Spoken word
  • Usage of background or environmental sounds
  • Music
  • Sound effects


Links to help you create royalty-free music and sound effects for your podcast


How To Sound Great | Student Podcast Challenge Guide To Sound | NPR