Hire The Right Podcast Host For Your Project
All About Podcast Hosts
Creating a successful podcast takes more than a good idea. When it comes to creating a podcast that transforms casual listeners into subscribers, choosing the right podcast host plays an important role in developing that emotional connection with your audience and keeping listeners coming back week after week. Whether you're developing a serial investigation podcast, a talk show, or a fictional podcast that calls back to radio plays of the past, our seasoned podcast hosts deliver quality performances that are sure to keep your listeners entertained.
A podcast host is the face of the show. As the voice most commonly heard on the podcast, they are who the audience will become most acquainted with and are ambassadors of the show's tone and personality. Podcast hosts are typically tasked with introducing guests, conducting interviews, sharing stories or information, and introducing segments on the show. These professional voice actors can connect remotely using tools such as Source Connect, Zoom, or ISDN, or they can record in studio.
While it's common for creators of podcasts to become the host themselves, hosting a podcast is an acquired skill. Perhaps you have the bones of the next biggest podcast sensation but your delivery falls flat. Or maybe your accent feels too regional and you're looking for a podcast host that will appeal to a wider audience? Or does your brand's podcast need the polish that only a professional podcast host can provide? No matter the project, our experienced podcast hosts can take your creative direction and deliver an engaging performance with the right style, tone, and emotion that you're looking for.
Successful podcast producers know it's a combination of podcast format and the podcast host's vocal qualities that turn listeners into loyal followers. When determining which format is best for your podcast, consider these four main styles of podcasts and the vocal qualities that dominate each space.
The most popular podcast format is nonfiction narrative storytelling. This style of podcast is dominated by journalists who look to tell in depth stories through interviews or the retelling of true stories with their own narrative added in. The most widely known example of this podcast is This American Life, which curates real life stories from the American public under a different theme each week. Podcast creators who choose this format look for podcast hosts who are not your typical radio announcer voice, and instead are relatable, conversational, and approachable.
Interviews or panel discussions are the second most popular podcast format. This style features one host with either a single interviewee, or multiple throughout the program. Podcast hosts in the interview or panel discussion space are more conversational in nature, often leaving the listener feeling like they are tuning into a passionate conversation among friends.
The third podcast format is known as the hybrid podcast. This format has one set host, but often features contributors or guest hosts. Hybrid podcasts typically begin with a monologue from the host and then transition into an interview segment, a discussion panel, or a contributed piece. Hosts of hybrid podcasts often speak with an authoritative, yet conversational tone.
The fourth most common podcast format involves repurposed content. Podcast creators source content from a variety of sources, including workshops, other interviews, and live events. The podcast host's role in this format is to create a narrative that connects each piece to a central theme with a conversational and engaging tone.
Tapping into the ever growing podcast market is a strategic decision that many brands are making. With over 100 million Americans listening to a podcast monthly, there's demand for great content in the form of podcasts. Podcasts are a way to connect with listeners in a meaningful way, and is an opt in form of media that truly captures intent.
No matter the podcast format you choose, you can find the voice over style you're looking for on Voices. Take a listen to our voice actors' demos to find the right sound for your podcast and get started today.
Frequently Asked Questions
A podcast is an audio series that revolves around a topic or theme. Podcasts can be streamed online or downloaded onto a device for listening on the go.
A podcast host is the voice of the podcast. They typically interview guests, share stories, and introduce segments on the show.
Starting a podcast takes planning! After coming up with your initial concept, the next step is to plan out your podcast in depth what the themes of each episode will be, who the guests are, and what will be discussed. Once those important details have been thoroughly planned out and you have found the voice for your podcast, it's time to record. From there, it's on to audio editing, publishing and promotion.