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10 Steps to start your own EMS podcast


Invest in a decent microphone for a high-quality listening experience for your EMS podcast listeners.


Podcasting is a dynamic method to deliver web-based video or audio content to a growing audience of EMTs, paramedics, managers, field supervisors and instructors. Each episode of the EMS1 Inside EMS podcast and the Medic Mindset podcast receive thousands of listens.

EMS podcast content is always available for listening to during a commute to or from work, while exercising or between calls. Much of the content, like these NREMT test-taking tips or this discussion on the benefits of CPAP, is just as relevant today as the day it was first published.

10 EMS podcast tips

For this tip, I asked one of my favorite podcasters, Jamie Davis — the Podmedic — for his tips on starting a podcast.

“To avoid the ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’ approach, it helps to have a plan of action,” Davis wrote. “Use these 10 steps to create a checklist of material for creating your own EMS podcast. Remember, content is king and good content is more important than technology whiz-bang.”

  1. Select the main show topic that is specific to your interests and knowledge.
  2. Select one or more episode topics that can be broken into shorter sub-topics.
  3. Decide on the length of the show. A good target for most starter episodes is 10 to 20 minutes.
  4. Break the show into segments — a beginning, middle, and end.
  5. Decide on the length of your segments to organize each episode.
  6. Plan your opening that will get you right into the core content.
  7. Select your microphone and recording device. Start small and cheap using a USB microphone and PC with built-in or shareware software.
  8. Record your show and convert your recorded audio to mp3 format for upload.
  9. Upload your file to your website and link to your RSS feed.
  10. Add your podcast category RSS feed to podcast directories like iTunes and Google Play.

Read more about each of Jamie’s 10 Steps for Starting an EMS Podcast. You will also find a Free Video Tip on Podcasting from Jamie Davis — the Podmedic.

This article, originally published July 7, 2009, has been updated

Greg Friese, MS, NRP, is the Lexipol Editorial Director, leading the efforts of the editorial team on Police1, FireRescue1, Corrections1 and EMS1. Greg served as the EMS1 editor-in-chief for five years. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the University of Idaho. He is an educator, author, national registry paramedic since 2005, and a long-distance runner. Greg was a 2010 recipient of the EMS 10 Award for innovation. He is also a three-time Jesse H. Neal award winner, the most prestigious award in specialized journalism, and the 2018 and 2020 Eddie Award winner for best Column/Blog. Connect with Greg on Twitter or LinkedIn and submit an article idea or ask questions with this form.

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