Podcast Slang Evolution – PCI 374

Exploring Quirky and Evolving Terminology in the Podcast World

Podcasting came to be around 20 something years ago and with this time has come changes to the way that people refer to the podcast industry and medium as a whole, effectively creating podcast slang that we’ve all become familiar with. Today we reflect on the creative and dynamic nature of the podcasting industry, continually evolving as the podcasting medium grows and changes.

Today’s Hosts: Mike Dell and MacKenzie Bennett

Here’s some of the words commonly used in podcasting.

The Basics
RSS Feed

Episode vs. show
Program vs. show

Audio Drama

Programmatic Advertising
Dynamic Ad Insertion

According to ChatGPT, these phrases are popular podcast slang.

Podcast: A combination of “iPod” (Apple’s portable media player) and “broadcast.” The term was coined in 2004 by journalist Ben Hammersley.
RSS Feed: Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a web feed format that allows users to access updates to online content in a standardized way. Podcasts use RSS feeds to distribute episodes.
Podcaster: A person who creates or hosts a podcast. The term is a natural derivative of “broadcaster.”
Podcasting: The act of creating, producing, and distributing podcasts. The term is derived from “podcast.”
Episode: An individual installment or segment of a podcast series. The term is borrowed from traditional radio and television shows.
Show Notes: Written summaries, links, and additional information related to a podcast episode. These notes often accompany episodes on podcast platforms or the podcast’s website.
Podfade: The phenomenon where a podcast gradually loses its regularity or ceases production altogether. This term is a blend of “podcast” and “fade.”
Audible Blink: A short sound or musical interlude within a podcast episode, often used for transitions or emphasis. This term emphasizes the auditory nature of the brief break.
Podsode: A shorter, bonus episode released between regular episodes. The term is a blend of “podcast” and “episode.”
Binge-Listening: Consuming multiple episodes or an entire podcast series in one sitting or over a short period.
Audio Drama: Podcasts that use fictional storytelling and sound effects to create a dramatic narrative experience. The term emphasizes the dramatic and immersive aspects of these podcasts.
Soundscaping: The art of using sound effects and audio elements to create a rich and immersive sonic environment in a podcast. This term is derived from “soundscape.”
Mic Fright: Nervousness or stage fright experienced by individuals when speaking into a microphone. It’s a play on stage fright, emphasizing the fear of performing in front of a microphone.
Edit Bay: The physical or digital space where podcast editing takes place. It’s a nod to the editing rooms in traditional media production.
True Crime Fatigue: The feeling of exhaustion or burnout from consuming too much true crime content. This term highlights the specific challenges associated with true crime podcasting.
Nichecasting: Creating content that caters to a specific, often narrow, audience or interest group. It’s a combination of “niche” and “broadcasting.”

Glossary of Terms in Podcasting

Focused on audio definitions

Industry Focused for the creator beyond recording

Terms and jargon explained

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