Podcast_banner© Ryan McGuire

Podcast Producer

Industries:
Radio
Personality type:
Technologist
Departments:
Sound

The Lowdown

  • Acting as the creative director for an audio production
  • Recording and editing a podcast for online transmission
  • Making sure all relevant resources, from news items to guests, are sourced before recording

Is this role right for me?

For this role, you will need to:

  • have extensive experience in sound editing
  • have great organisational skills
  • have excellent communication skills
  • understand the audience, and how best to reach them
  • be able to transmit your podcast to a wider audience
  • be self-motivated
  • be good at problem-solving
  • be able to remain passionate about your current project
  • keep up with developments in web and audio technology
  • know how to source and operate sound equipment

What does a Podcast Producer do?

A Podcast Producer is in charge of managing, recording, editing and transmitting a podcast. Although there are exceptions, such as video-based Vodcasts, a podcast is typically an audio-only file with a focus on sound quality and conversation.

A Podcast Producer’s main responsibilities is to make sure the host isn’t concerned about the administration or technical side of the podcast (though in some instances, the Producer may also be a host). Due to the small-team nature of a podcast, a Producer will find themselves taking on many different jobs and need to have an incredibly varied skill set to do the job at a professional standard. Depending on the content of the show, the Producer may need to travel to interview subjects and capture audio outside the studio.

If a podcast has an interview segment, the producer will need to find a guest suitable for the show and also do a relevant amount of research for the host. They may also steer the conversation from outside the studio.

Due to the nature of podcasting, a Podcast Producer may find their role changing from show to show. In some larger set-ups, there may be a research time available to take care of the various research needed, and in some smaller companies the host may take care of a lot of the administrative duties. Ultimately however, a Podcast Producer will always be expected to record and edit the sound file itself, and prepare it for transmission online.

Will I need a qualification?

You don’t need a specific qualification. the following courses have been rigorously assessed by the sound industry and awarded the Creative Skillset Tick for the high standard of education they provide and the degree to which they prepare you for a career in sound.

Courses awarded the Creative Skillset Tick

What’s the best route in?

The best way to become Podcast Producer is by learning and experimenting on a personal podcast. In order to create a good podcasting environment for another person, you need to know what it’s like to make one yourself. That will give you the experience you need to take your talents to a podcast studio, or a successful independent podcast. Or if your own show has gotten popular, it may be just as lucrative to stay!

Podcast Producers may also be ex-radio producers, and many work in radio and podcasting simultaneously due to the similar skill set.

Interested? Find out more…

For more information on job roles in the creative industries, take a look at Hiive's job roles.  

Websites

  • Podbay offers podcasting news and tips
  • Podcast Method is a podcast and website dedicated to starting your own show
  • Buzzsprout has plenty of podcast tutorials, and offers hosting
  • The Audacity to Podcast is another podcast on podcasting, offering tips and commercial consulting

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