2019 Is The Year Of Podcasts
So many questions; what actually is a podcast? How to I find them and listen to them and how do I know which ones to listen to?!
Over to Chris Godfrey, host of The Chef Weekly, Ex-Chef and full time food lover…
My main passion is chocolate, as that’s my day job, but podcasting is a great sideline to keep my knowledge of the the cheffing world up to date.
For those that have not listened, a podcast is essentially a hybrid of talk radio and an audiobook. They are great as you can listen to them whilst doing something else; like driving, running/walking or cooking. You can find podcasts on the Apple app or Spotify for those with Android phones. You don’t even need a smartphone as you can listen on line at Podbean.
Podcasts have been around since 2004 but in the past 2 years their popularity has soared and they are so easy and cheap to set up I thought I would get involved too. You can start to record onto a smartphone and edit it with the bundled software on your phone. The top podcasters use studios similar to radio. But as a home Podcaster my budget wouldn’t stretch that far. I use the Zoom H2 audio recorder and I’m in the process of upgrading to the Zoom H6. These give great audio quality and the flexibility to record on the move without a whole bunch of cables. Audacity is a great piece of free editing software which is straightforward enough for podcasting but also has functionality for multi-level music recording.
It’s estimated there are 18 million episodes currently available to download, across the world in every subject you could imagine. I’ve listened the award winning Stuff You Should Know for many years whilst driving up and down the country and listen to one about pilots, whatever your subject/hobby is there is a podcast to suit. At the time I was thinking about creating one based on all things catering there were no foody podcasts for those in the industry, they were aimed at nutrition and health. But now the likes of Heston, Jamie Oliver and The Great British Chefs have copied me and are in on the act!
My podcast, The Chef Weekly, is just in its infancy at episode 13 but I’ve managed to use my network to get some great guests such as National Chef of the Year Juba Winkowski and I am always looking for interesting angles and guests to keep my audience entertained.
So why is the year of the podcast 2019? Well so many more people are downloading them here in the UK but also in more developing countries where the networks aren’t stable enough for video streaming, but downloading a small podcast is easy enough.
Also look at how many proper celebrities now have a podcast as well as their other outlets. Google Podcasts will be coming to the UK in 2019 and all the hosting companies are exploring ways to monetize them.
So whether you want to listen or you want to make one, get on a podcast app and listen to a few. They’re free to download and usually a lot of fun!