5 Popular Podcasting Formats: Pick Up The Right One And Get Started

Published: 23 April 2019

Want to start a podcast?

Before you start thinking about where to publish your content or how to get the attention of the audience, you should decide what type of show you'll host.

Yes! You need to choose a format.

Though interview shows are popular podcast doesn't only mean it has to be an interview only. There are many other formats that make a podcast stand out. Here we'll discuss the top five podcast formats to help you decide which format is best suitable for your content. But before that let's discuss why choosing a podcast format is so important?

If you have a consistency in the topics you speak about, the frequency of posting new content and in your show format, you will definitely end up building good and loyal audience whom you will find desperately waiting for your next episode.

By choosing the interview format for the first week, solo for the second and storytelling rant the week after, you’ll find it hard to get the audience's attention. Your audience will be confused having no clue how to describe your show to other people. It will make it difficult to get new listeners through personal recommendations. Also, changing the format every week will make it tough for you to keep up with content production.

So it's better to stick to one format and think about what you can add value to your show. Here are the five popular interview formats that will help you pick up yours.

Interview Shows

Interview shows are very popular and classic podcast-formats. These shows generally feature a host and a new guest every episode. The audience loves this format because they get a chance to know a lot of interesting personalities within a niche and learn from their experiences. This format works best if there's a common interest that makes all the guests feel connected.

The best part is, as the conversation flows, you don't have to edit the episode much. You don't have to think or speak much about any topic as each guest will bring their own perspective.

Solo Podcasts

In Solo casts, you don’t need any co-host. You'll be hosting your show, all alone, featuring monologues on a topic you are comfortable with. Generally, people pick up this format to share their experiences or talent like singing, poetry, comedy, etc. Your audience will feel like they get to know you and it will help you establish your own brand. The solo cast doesn't mean you can't invite any guest ever on your show. To add some spice to the fun, you can bring on guests every now and then.
Well, if we talk about the advantages, you aren't bound to schedule recording around someone else. You can record a new episode as per your convenience. Also, editing a single voice is easier than editing multiple.


The most addictive shows features report on stories from the world around us. They could be epic, based on true crime investigation or a report on the news. Storytelling brings them the truth and interesting things to light. Nailing the show takes a fine team of journalists, editors, producers, audio engineers and a lot of time.
You can either tell one story in multiple episodes across a season or have a new story for every new episode. If you are thinking to go with this format, put your investigator hat on and get ready to show your creativity with editing and production. For this format, you need to do proper planning and research.


Listening to a Conversational podcast will make your audience feel like they are overhearing a discussion between two persons. Listeners will feel more connected. This format is very common and doesn't require any typical setup, just a bunch of people sitting around and having a discussion on a dedicated topic or wide range of things.

Recording a Conversational podcast is very easy as you don't have to put much efforts into planning or editing. you will only need a brief outline of what you want to discuss in the episode. And if you run out of the topic, someone will definitely come up with a topic in your rescue. Creative and specific topics will help you to engage the audience.

Educational Shows

Listening improves learning. This type of podcasts is good not only for the students but for people, who want to learn more. The educational shows could have solo or multiple hosts and mostly are a conversational podcast. The audience will keep coming back to get more information.
A major reason behind the popularity of these podcasts is that you’ll get to learn new things without having to sit and focus on just one thing. You can listen to the show while running, driving, or lying on the bed.

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the format with which you are comfortable and get started.