The Rise of Podcast
11 / 25 / 2019
Talk Radio is not a new concept. It’s a format that has officially reclaimed its time in the modern digital landscape. While it’s true that SiriusXM and radio are still alive and well, few listeners claim to listen to either outside their vehicle, specifically on mobile. Podcasting, on the other hand, is a highly accessible form of mobile media that is projected to continue on its meteoric rise.
Podcasts are a growing preference amongst commuters in particular. Some of the reasons for this are duration of episodes, ease of use (quick downloads) and preferences towards on-demand and streaming services. According to The Independent UK, research on UK motorists found that 1 of every 6 prefer podcasts to other types of media, which has doubled findings from five years prior. Most podcasts are free and the higher profile ones are usually ad-based, so there’s rarely a fee involved. For example, as I wait for my subway, I can quickly download my favorite podcasts including The Daily by the New York Times, What's The Tea w/ RuPaul and Michelle Visage, Unqualified by Anna Farris, Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell or even TYT if I’m feeling political. It also gives you seemingly unfettered access to the minds of high profile personalities, public figures and politicians without mainstream media censorship. To put it plainly, hosts can say “Fuck” without getting fined, though expletives and vulgarity could risk costing them advertisers and audience.
Speaking of creators, they love podcasts because they embed easily into sites and socials, especially when paying for hosting services like Buzzsprout. It’s also important to note that Buzzsprout and comparable hosting companies tout their reach on all major podcast platforms including Google Play, iTunes, Spotify and others at the click of a button. Another plus for podcasting is that the cost of production is relatively low compared to other popular formats so creators can increase their episode frequency, thus increase earning potential. It’s also relatively quick to edit, distribute and post. That being said, pre-production does take considerable work. If you dont believe me, turn on a mic and try to record an engaging podcast…my guess is you’ll have a lot of pauses, “umms” and “What were we talking abouts?” You’ll also need to figure out who your audience is, find a compelling subject matter that you are passionate about, hosts, and engaging guests. Most important is the need to connect with the audience in a more genuine and raw way that other platforms might prohibit.