Professionally voiced intros are necessary. Absolutely. I will always encourage new podcasters thatÂ content isÂ the most important value any podcast should have, but having another voice to introduce your podcast is powerful as well. What exactly do I mean when I say an “intro” to your podcast?
Take a listen to what I would consider a simple intro to a simple podcast.
Professionally Voiced Intros for your Podcast (sample)
When I say a “simple” intro. I don’t mean a poor intro or beginner’s version of an introduction to your podcast. In fact, some of the more known talk radioÂ programs in cities all around the United States will have simple and short intros. Why? Because their listeners want to hear the host’s input, opinion and the content he brings. The intro is just a set up of the “awesomeness” you plan on bringing to your podcast.
An audience that hears an outside voiceÂ to introduce your podcast just brings legitimacy to your program, but also substance and content as well. I’ve heard podcasters introduce themselves in the past and it just sounds tacky. Even if you’ve been blessed with an amazing voice, you should never introduce yourself on your podcast. You think you have the pipes to be a good voice guy? Introduce other podcasts and radio programs as a side gig. You might find that it pays well too. But don’t introduce yourself.
If you can’t afford to pay for a professionally voiced intro (which should not be the case…you can find intros at very affordable prices), a regular music bed to start your podcast should do just fine.
A podcast can utilize a outsideÂ voice in a number of ways. Having an outside voice to introduce your podcast is just one way. For example:
“WELCOME TO THE PODCAST 100Â SHOW…..HERE IS YOUR HOST…..MR PODCASTER”
You can also use an outside voice within a podcast or radio show. Perhaps to set the table for a feature segment that you have in the middle of a podcast. Maybe you conduct this segment on a particular day or even at a particular time in the event you are in a live setting. Perhaps there is a game you play that gets your audience involved. Your audience knows to look forward to this particular segment and hears the same professionally voiced “intro” to the segment. Here is an example of a segment called the “24 hour drill”. A weekly podcast segment that recaps the latest headlines in two minutes by the speaking podcaster or on-air host.
“NOW….IT’S TIME…..FOR THE 24 HOUR DRILL…..ALL THE LATEST HEADLINES OF THE LAST 24 HOUR IN TWO MINUTES……THE 24 HOUR DRILL STARTS NOW!”