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Chapter 1. An Overview of Podcasting > Getting Inside the Listener Experience

Getting Inside the Listener Experience

Even though your focus in reading this book is on producing your own podcast, there are two important reasons why the best place to begin is to become familiar with what it’s like to be a podcast consumer, or listener. The first is simply that listening to podcasts is very, very cool and we guarantee you’ll enjoy it. The second, more important reason is that you cannot be a great podcaster—or, probably, even a very good one—if you aren’t intimately familiar with every facet of your listeners’ experience.

As radio guru Walter Sabo notes, each medium “has its own physics.” To understand this better, consider the differences between movies and television. On the surface, they appear to be very similar—they both involve images that are viewed on a screen, for example—but that similarity only exists up to a point.


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