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 According to Wikipedia, a podcast is "an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download in order to listen to." This guide provides some simple tips for creating a podcast, locating sound, and hosting your creation.


Podcasting Workflow


  • Consider your audience
  • Consider your theme
  • Consider segments (sections)
  • Consider naming and branding


  • Consider hook or introduction
  • Provide a summary and indicator of segments
  • Include a conclusion
  • Provide information and teaser for next session
  • Consider content warnings
  • Copy script template (From University of Guelph)


  • Consider how you will record audio
  • Consider the environment and space constraints
  • Experiment with devices
  • Explore devices available from Norlin Library MELL


  • Practice script
  • Prepare space
  • Record silence buffer 
  • Re-record errors or mistakes


Gather assets

  • Record your own music or sound effects
  • Or, find creative commons or public domain licensed sounds 
  • Ask a librarian if you are unsure about licensing


  • Choose the software you are most comfortable using (see for learning materials about software)
  • Audacity
  • Garage Band (Mac)
  • Adobe Audition $
  • Logic Pro $
  • Even out vocal volume
  • Remove background noise
  • Add sound effects and music
  • Trim or segment


  • Export to mp3
  • Upload to soundcloud, itunes, sticher, google play, or a platform of your choice (learn about distribution options)
  • Share show notes or transcripts


Adapted from University of Guelph, 'Record a Podcast', CC BY NC SA 4.0.

Tips from Professionals

  • Practice in advance
  • Allow time to experiment with software
  • Be careful to attribute and cite appropriately

Music and Sound Sources

Several sites make music and sound content available with creative commons licenses.  

Creative Commons




Explore the devices available for check-out:

Norlin Library Multimedia Equipment Lending Library

Learn more

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