Six Different Kinds of Podcast Show Formats and Their Advantages

When it comes to podcast show formats we don’t necessarily have to reinvent the wheel. If you are thinking about starting a podcast, a few key things to keep in mind include budget, time commitment, network connections and the end goals of your podcast. Here are six different kinds of shows and the advantages of each of them:

  1. The Interview Podcast

  2. The Solo Podcast

  3. Multi-Interview Podcast

  4. Co-Hosted Podcast

  5. Non-Fiction Journalistic Storytelling

  6. The Hybrid

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1) The Interview Podcast

The interview podcast is arguably one of the most listened to style of podcasting. This style involves one host and one interviewee. It records their conversation and is played back with minimal editing.

Advantages:

  • You gain access to your interviewee’s audience.

  • It gives you a variety of topics from a range of individuals.

  • Episodes can be free-flowing and vary in structure and time.

  • Little writing is required for this format.

  • You can recored remotely via Skype or any calling system.


2) The Solo Podcast

The solo podcast will be a single individual, speaking on any topic. Whether its politics, sport, or self improvement.

Advantages:

  • Can tell an in-depth story and create complex narratives.

  • You know what you are going to get, less surprises on the production side.

  • Builds your personal brand and connects you to your audience.

  • Low amount of coordination involved as it is a one person recording.


3) Multi-Interview Podcast

This format contains one host and multiple guests. Each guest guest is asked personal questions and their opinions are captured. In the editing of the episode, a story is created by stitching together the various interviews.

Advantages:

  • Gives your audience multiple perspectives on one topic.

  • Creates a more in-depth look at stories, keeps it personal but can also be edited to build a narrative.

  • Relatively easy to capture in a controlled studio recording setting.


4) Co-Hosted Podcast

The co-hosted format is created by having two regular hosts discuss topics and ideas. This is common for news, sports or political shows. It is always the same two individuals giving their opinions and it is the subjects that change out.

Advantages:

  • Odds are you have great chemistry with your co-host making the podcast fun and vibrant for listeners.

  • Gives your audience the perception that they’re sitting in with your conversation.

  • Would make for a great live show or streaming show.

5) Non-Fiction Journalistic Storytelling

This format allows you to take the listener through a series of experiences with interview snippets in addition to verbal explanation. It builds a story with multiple on location recordings, in studio recordings, and has a high level of production. A clear editorial direction is established and provided to the listener, the story is controlled and created.

Advantages:

  • This is a very immersive style and has a high retention rate for listeners.

  • A great story can move people personally, has the potential to be extremely compelling.

  • Requires a high level of production, is great to listen to.

6) The Hybrid

The last show structure is a mix or hybrid of all and any of the structures. There really are no set rules when it comes to podcasting and it is a great space for experimenting. For example, you can start the show off with an interview, followed by a group discussion on the topic. The variations are endless.

Advantages:

  • Being able to merge any style of podcasting you want will give it a very unique feel and is a great way to stand out.

  • Can be creative and free with the format.

Brad Freeman