What is a Podcast? Learn about the podcast’s curiosities

What is a podcast? What is your story? What are the advantages of creating a podcast? How can you do it? Below, I will answer these and other questions. Also, I will share with you some curiosities that you probably don’t know.

What is a podcast?: Definition and meaning

Definition of podcast: “Digital and periodic publication, in audio or video format that can be downloaded from the Internet or listened to online.”

In other words,  a podcast is a type of customizable, downloadable radio show. However, podcasts are stored on web pages, blogs or platforms intended for this, so, unlike radio, it is permanent over time, and  can be listened to at any time .

There are podcasts on almost any topic and different formats in which they can be recorded : such as conversations between participants, interviews by the presenter with a guest or individual presentations where the presenter discusses a specific topic, among others.

A curious fact , although later we will see 8 curiosities about podcasts, is that “podcast” is formed from the union of two words: iPod, referring to the fact that it is portable content and Broadcast, referring to its transmission similar to the same. model of the transmissions offered by the radio.

Types of podcast

Each podcast “is a world”, since the topics covered are very varied and are aimed at a very different audience, being, in general, very diverse. However, it is true that there are certain types of podcasts or formats in which they are prepared, which we see below:  

1. Interview

This is one of the most repeated formats, and it consists, as its name suggests, of interviewing a different guest in each program . For example, a psychology podcast would make sense to interview figures like Hugo Hernández or Patricia Garzón, since they would provide knowledge that would be most interesting to the listener. Furthermore, this type of podcast is usually highly valued since it allows the listener not only to delve deeper into a certain topic, but also to get to know the most “human” part of the interviewees. 

On the other hand, from the interviews I would highlight the exchange of experiences between interviewer and interviewee , who usually share personal stories in a very natural and spontaneous way. 

In short, if you are thinking about creating your own program and you opt for the “interview” format, remember to do it naturally and, if possible, with guests who are experts in the topic you want to discuss.

2. Informative

This second format consists of sharing information of interest with the listener , and is the closest to radio programs. In fact, we could say that podcast news programs are almost the same as radio programs, with the difference that the former can be downloaded and listened to at any time.  

This type of format, therefore, consists of addressing issues of public interest or current affairs.

3. Dashboard

The third type of podcast is the panel, which consists of the presence of one presenter and more than one guest . Although these programs are usually very entertaining, it is true that, when coordinated by an inexperienced person, they end up being confusing and unattractive to the listener.  

Therefore, before diving headlong into creating a panel podcast, focus on getting the right equipment and practicing, so that the recording is as engaging as possible. And, if you achieve it and on top of that there is a good connection between the interviewer and the guests, the results will surely be surprising.

4. Individual

The fourth podcast format that exists, also very common in the world of radio , is individual dissemination, which consists of a presenter sharing knowledge, experiences, jokes, or whatever he considers with his listeners (it will depend on the topic of the podcast). program). You will only need a microphone, and the most complicated thing: have the ability to entertain the listener.   

This type of program is, a priori, much easier to prepare, since you only need to buy a microphone, in addition to downloading an editing program or buying hosting (platform to host your website). Of course, you won’t have to worry about coordinating with third parties or using advanced recording equipment. 

Advantages of having a podcast

There are many reasons to create a podcast, from creating a personal brand to achieving a greater number of clients or sales, and all of them, of course, are linked to the financial benefits (income) that result from having a successful program. In other words, there are many reasons to create a podcast, as you can see below:

  1. It allows you to reach a wider audience , which is always good, regardless of whether you have a company (and need to reach more potential clients) or if you are looking to position yourself as an expert on any topic (creating your own personal brand).
  2. Video and audio formats are replacing text , so I doubt in a few years that users will continue creating articles for a blog (they will be replaced by content in video or audio format).
  3. In addition, it is a closer and more personal format, being able to empathize and connect more easily with the listener through the tones of voice.
  4. Time freedom is another advantage of podcasts. Remember that they can be listened to at any time, and even downloaded to later listen to the programs even offline.
  5. Competition is not as fierce  as it is in older markets such as radio or television. Even in tools like YouTube, competition has grown to exaggerated levels, making it much more difficult to position yourself.
  6. Podcasts are a trend and will become more so in a few years.
  7. In addition,  it is a very economical way to reach a multitude of people .
  8. And finally,  CREATING A PODCAST FROM SCRATCH  is not complicated at all.

Now, all these advantages only result from successful podcasts. So, if you set out to create your first program, move it in every way possible.

Podcast history

The podcast is a format that continues to grow, being a trend in countries like the United States, and growing at a considerable rate in others like Spain. Now,  how did the podcast come about? What is your story?  We present it to you below:

Before this term was coined, there were radio programs that posted their content on the Internet, this being the closest thing to what we know as a podcast, with the exception that they could not be downloaded. However, it was with the launch of RSS (Really Simple Syndication), a type of XML format, when podcast broadcasting was invented. And, exactly,  it was on August 13, 2004 when Adam Curry , a well-known MTV video jockey,  used this RSS specification to add files to it, thus creating the first “program.”

Of course, the process had been developing for several years:  in 2000 the idea arose within the Yahoo syndication group . And that same year, Dave Winer released version 0.92 of RSS. Later, between 2001 and 2002, the concept of what would end up being the podcast was tested with a Grateful Dead MP3; and later Adam Curry did another test on his blog on Radio Userland.

On the other hand, the first podcast program in Spanish was the one directed by José Antonio Gelado. It was titled Communicating. And, its first broadcast took place on September 18, 20014. This program, in case you are interested in listening to it, dealt with technological topics, the internet, cyberculture and video games.

6 curiosities about the podcast

If you are also a lover of the world of podcasts, you will surely be interested in knowing some of the most surprising curiosities about this format that, as we have already highlighted, is rocking it. The greatest curiosities of the world of podcasts are:

  1. Although it would be wrong to say that the first podcasts in history were recorded in 1889, since this format was still far from being invented, it is true that thanks to the invention of the phonograph by Thomas Edison,  novels could be recorded and distributed for that these were heard, and not read.  Furthermore, this same year  Edward Bellamy argued, and he was not wrong,  that “people would end up reading with their eyes closed .” They would walk around with a tiny audio player, called a must-have, that would contain all their books, newspapers and magazines. Mothers will no longer have to stay hoarse on rainy days telling stories to children to keep them away from bad company. Since each child will have their own essentials.”
  2. A century after novels were recorded and distributed, and as a result of the birth of the Internet, the first recordings of radio programs began to appear, as well as “online radio stations” and amateur enthusiasts who began to produce and publish their own audios, sharing them through websites or blogs.
  3. The first podcast was published on August 13, 2004. Although, if you have read the previous section (history of the podcast), this will not be new information for you.
  4. The word podcast is formed from the union of two words:  iPod, referring to the fact that it is portable content. And  Broadcast, referring to its transmission similar to the same model of the transmissions offered by radio. Another fact that, if you have read the sections above, you should know.
  5. The longest-running podcast in Spain is Popcasting, starring Jaime Cristóbal, and present in the world of podcasts since 2005. In this program, if you are interested in listening to it, you will find content related to music. On the other hand, the first Spanish podcast was published by José Antonio Gelado, and was titled “Comunicando”.
  6. And, as any podcast lover should know,  their World Day is September 30.

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