Podcast Format

by Chaitra Enuguri  |   April 15, 2022    |   3min read

A podcast format is a way to organize the show context. It is a delivery method that gives your podcast a structure. It also refers to the framework of a show, the flow of its segments, and the arrangement of each element to fit together.

When it comes to Podcast formats, there are many ways to go about it, but many podcasts do fall into one of the formats discussed in this blog. Let’s have a look. And in this podcast we discuss:
1. Types of podcast formats.
2. How to choose a podcast format.
3. How long should podcast episodes be.

Types of podcast formats:

1. The Interview Podcast Format

In this format, the host interviews a guest in each episode and introduces their expertise and experience to the listeners through a conversation. Through this format, a legitimate conversation can be seen between them, this builds trust among the listeners. This format helps the show to gain access to different viewpoints and opinions, which stimulates discussion and adds value for listeners.

Eg: Hustle and Bustle Show, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, The TED Interview, The Grief Cast.

2. The Monologue Podcast Format

This format is the most common, in which a person shares his/her experience, expertise, stories, advice, and others. This format is best suited for marketing and for content creators. This is regarded as the simple one because the instruments used here are very low in quantity and cost.

Eg: Dear smile with Cynthia, Kyle’s Internal Monologue, MonoDia, And that’s why we Drink.

3. The Co-hosted Podcast Format

This involves two or more people having a straightforward conversation who generally have great chemistry together. This format is also an awesome way to elevate one’s expert status, connect with potential customers and build a community around a specific passion. This format is great for two or more people who are passionate about the same thing and have similar goals in mind.

Eg: Voice of Daddy Kedi, Pod Save the World, The Osterholm Update, We’re you raised by Wolves?

4. The Panel Podcast Format

This format is similar to an interview podcast, but with more people. Every episode will have a single host and many guests. Through this type, one can plan each episode of the show with uniqueness, interesting questions, opinions and insights.

Eg: Political Gabfest, Inform Educate  Entertain, Global Pillage, Breaking the News, Fake the Nation.

5. Non-fictional Storytelling Podcast Format

These podcast episodes are about real-life events. One might dive into a series of murders, chronicle an exposition up Mount Everest, or story around a historical event. This is an excellent podcast for listeners who like to learn more about our world and to the one who wants to expose new ideas, concepts and events to the world.

Eg: The American Life, The Moth, The Truth, Snap Judgement.

6. The Fictional Storytelling Podcast Format

Fictional stories are told across multiple episodes, similar to dramatic television in this type of format. This is a great format for creative types who like to create characters, weave plots, and build fictional worlds. This type of format helps the listeners to stick to the show through twists and continuity in the consecutive episodes.

Eg: Welcome to Nightvale, This American Life, LeVar Burton Reads, The other stories.

7. The Repurposed Content Podcast Format

This format involves transforming the already existing content in a way to get more value out of it. One might add to it, split it up, or transpose it to a new medium. This format is less time-consuming and easiest of all because all the content required is already present.

Eg: TED Radio Hour

8. DIY Podcast Format

DIY formats are for those who would like to break the rules and explore your style of delivering and structuring the show. This can be a combination of 2 or more formats or completely out of the box.

How to choose a podcast format?

These are some of the best podcast formats you can use to have a wider range of audiences and produce your content effectively. Before you decide on which format would best suit your show consider asking yourself these questions:

1. What’s the best way to convey your topic’s information?
2. Which format will help your show stand out?
3. Which format aligns with your style?

The key here is to experiment with a format for at least 20 episodes, get feedback from people and move on to try other formats. In this whole journey remember what’s important is if you enjoy the process and pick something that suits your style. Your podcast format will change over time so do not worry about getting it right the first time.

How long should my podcast episodes be?

There is no one particular right answer for this. But in general, this is what people have been following. Your podcast should be as long as it needs to be, without being any longer.

  1. Less than 10 to 15 minutes- Daily NEWS, motivation
  2. 15 to 30 minutes- solo host, short stories, trending topics
  3. 30 to 60 minutes- 2 or more-Conversation styles, discussions, storytelling
  4. 60 minutes or more- interview format
  5. 2 hours or more- deep diving into topics or subject expertise

I hope this gives you some level of clarity when it comes to podcast formats. Remember it’s always about taking the first step. Hope our next blog on ‘Podcast Cover Art‘ might interest you. If you’re on the journey of podcasting and this blog helped you do subscribe to our emailers, we promise you the best.

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