Listener Value: Why Podcasters Should Mic Their Interview Questions


PodMov Daily: Thursday, June 25

Episode 234: Your Thursday Podthoughts

Listener Value: Why Podcasters Should Mic Their Interview Questions

When interviewing, should podcasters mic their questions? Rob Rosenthal of Transom explains why the answer is “yes.” The teacher, producer, and HowSound host starts with the clearest reason: “Why should the listener have to struggle to hear the question? How does that add value to the story and the listening experience?”

A contrast in sound quality and volume “takes the listener out of the moment,” Rosenthal points out. “Imagine it. You’re listening to a podcast or the radio. The interviewee’s voice is very present. It’s like they’re in the room with […] you. And then suddenly there’s this voice that sounds like it’s in a box. That disrupts the mood of the story.”

Reporter Sean Cole, who works for This American Life, tells Rosenthal, “Genuine interactions on the radio are so satisfying because […] it’s like you’ve taken life and put it directly on the air.” When an interviewer’s questions are miced, the two agree, the recorded conversation retains nuance that listeners will value.

What the WarnerMedia Deals Mean for the Podcast Industry

In Forbes, Bill Rosenblatt assesses how WarnerMedia’s two new deals “show how the podcasting industry is branching out into distinct business models as it matures.” The media giant will be co-producing original podcasts with Spotify based on the DC Universe, and also co-producing shows with iHeartRadio for HBO Max.

“In the podcast business, Spotify and iHeartMedia are apples and oranges,” Rosenblatt says. “The most important word in the press release about the WarnerMedia/Spotify deal — and the most indicative of how Spotify’s and iHeartMedia’s podcast strategies differ — is “exclusive.” In that sense, Spotify is using the Netflix model of exclusive content.

Rosenblatt sees room for both. “The differences between iHeartMedia and Spotify in the podcast space will become more and more apparent in the future: Spotify will move further into exclusive content and walled gardens, and iHeart will continue with its strategy of making podcasting an on-demand version of AM/FM radio.”

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