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Hello I am Billy Dees and I am thrilled that you stopped by my website! This website is a collection of my editorials and blog posts. Social issues, politics, and pop culture are among the topics featured. The Billy Dees Podcast is available on most of the major internet radio platforms. An episode list starting with the most recent and live shows will appear here:

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Agile Audio Dashboards – Want Voice With That

This podcast is an interview with Jeff “Ski” Kinsey (@Consultski on Twitter) from Agile Audio Dashboards. This episode hit the airwaves as well on News-Talk 1480 WHBC located in Canton, Ohio during September 2018.

Jeff, along with his partner Tom Montelione, produce custom Alexa Skills. This podcast talks not only about Alexa but in addition the importance of “voice” regarding the future of online marketing and our interaction with technology.

We also cover aspects of podcasting including its integration with Alexa devices and the role of audio in general as it is related to digital marketing.

If you enjoy technology it’s all the better but this is an interesting program across the board for anyone who may be interested in what the future may be for how we interact with the internet.

Ask your Alexa device: “Alexa, enable Audio Dash Updates” to hear more from “SKI”

This is an audio snippet of the podcast:

For your convenience the full audio interview is available in this post below. It is also available on most of the popular podcasting platforms including iHeartRadio.

Also below is a video snippet of a separate live WHBC broadcast hosted by Pam Cook about Agile Audio Dashboards. In it both of us talk a little bit about voice and each of our individual backgrounds.

“Want Voice With That” by Agile Audio Dashboards (Pilot Episode)

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interviews with Michael B. Solomon and Kay Raga from NAMI

Our podcast this time around deals heavily with the subject of mental illness and fighting stigma. We have two interviews on tap for you in this episode. First, we talk with Michael B. Solomon who is the subject and one of the authors of “It Comes from Within: Living with Bipolar Illness.” The book was co-written with Gloria Hochman. Second, we talk with Kay Raga representing the NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) organization.

The process of reading Michael’s book and reviewing material with Kay about the NAMI group was a very rewarding and educational experience for me. I would certainly expect the same experience for other readers and listeners of our podcast as well.

Michael B. SolomonI interviewed Mike over the phone and he not only talked about the book but gave us much insight into his evolving experience with bipolar illness through the years. It is a personal journey of trials and tribulations to be sure but also one of triumph and perseverance. His gentle personality comes forth very much in this interview and lends the podcast a heartwarming tone and a message of much hope.

I talked with Kay with a mobile recording set up on location at the NAMI office in Canton, Ohio. Kay not only has a wealth of knowledge and experience in regard to the services of the NAMI organization but also has a great audio voice that lends itself to the stylings of NPR. Her cadence and sense of purpose will draw you into the subject matter.

Billy Dees with Kay Raga from NAMII would strongly encourage everyone to give this podcast episode a listen. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to work on this project. My very special thanks to Michael B. Solomon, Kay Raga and Donna Cavanagh of HumorOutcasts.com.

For more information about the National Alliance on Mental Illness please go to NAMI.org.

For your convenience the podcast interview is available below at the bottom of this post. The interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iHeartRadio under “Billy Dees.” (Available on Alexa devices as well.)

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Radio – Michael B Solomon and Kay Raga from NAMI

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Dorothy Rosby

HumorOutcasts Press (Publisher)This podcast is an interview with Dorothy Rosby. Dorothy is the author of I Used to Think I Was Not that Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better,” who refers to the book as the book for people who read self-improvement books and never get any better. She also is the author of I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch, Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest.” 

Dorothy Rosby is a speaker and syndicated humor columnist whose writing appears in publications across eleven states. Her column has been recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association. She was a finalist in the 2015 Robert Benchley Annual Award for Humor Writing and was the 2015 first-place winner in the Humor Column category of the National Federation of Press Women contest.

During this interview with Dorothy we cover a gamut of topics including her method of topic selection, the discipline of writing, and interestingly how she feels humor can be a method of persuasion.

Dorothy RosbyYou can follow Dorothy along with her amusing witticisms on Twitter at @DorothyRosby.

The podcast interview is available below at the bottom of this post. For your convenience the interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcasts and Stitcher under “Billy Dees.” It can also be accessed on TuneIn and iHeartRadiothrough your Amazon Alexa streaming device. (Produced for HumorOutcasts.com.) 

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Dorothy Rosby

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Why I Like Podcasting! (Video)

June 2018 Social Media Video Studio Promo for Billy Dees Podcast

 

NFL Taking a Knee Protest Commentary Podcast

This podcast is an opinion commentary about the NFL ruling that players and personnel must stand for the National Anthem.

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview Brian Kiley “The Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins”

 

I recently interviewed Brian Kiley for HumorOutcasts.com. Brian has a substantial resume as a comedy writer and entertainer. Brian has been a staff writer for Conan O’Brien for 23 years and been nominated for 16 Emmy Awards one of which he won in 2007. He has appeared numerous times on the David Letterman show, Late Night with Conan and four times on the Tonight Show. Brian Kiley also has his own Comedy Central half-hour special.

Brian Kiley is also the author of a novel, “The Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins” available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. The book has a subject matter that you probably wouldn’t expect from a comedy writer. For more information about the nuances of the story line, without any spoilers of course, I would like to refer you to Brian himself on our podcast interview.

Any time that I take on an interview I am somewhat nervous about how it will turn out because I want it to ultimately be good for the subject. However, when approaching an interview with someone like Brian I am also aware of two things. For one, they have been interviewed over the years by the best of the best. And two, they do so many interviews that they get asked the same questions over and over again.

The challenge, therefore, is to talk about the right mix of information relevant to the book and yet respectfully throw in a few curve-balls to add an organic feel to the conversation about his craft. I expressed this anxiety to Brian before we began recording and he was very gracious and receptive to the idea.

As they say, with that being said, I invite you to listen to our podcast produced on behalf of Donna Cavanagh and HumorOutcasts.com. The episode is available at the bottom of this post.  For your convenience the interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcastsand Stitcher under “Billy Dees.” It can also be accessed on TuneIn through your Amazon Alexa streaming device.

The podcast is titled on these services as:

HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Brian Kiley – The Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview Cathy Sikorski “Who Moved My Teeth?”

 

What is a caregiver? If you help someone else you may be a caregiver and not realize it. As time goes on in a given situation your role as such may well become a major responsibility. Many of us should also be aware of the looming risk that we ourselves will someday be in a situation where we require assistance in our daily lives.

These are daunting possibilities to ponder. I happen to feel, however, that choosing to be a caregiver for a loved one when it is possible is a noble and rewarding act. Moreover, it does not have to be the nightmare that it often turns out to be when we wait for a crisis to develop before we take action to become informed.

This is the subject of the book, “Who Moved My Teeth? Preparing for Self, Loved Ones and Caregiving” by Cathy Sikorski.

Cathy is an attorney who specializes in elder care. I found Cathy to be a skilled speaker who infuses the right amount of humor and lightheartedness into such topics as powers of attorney, advanced directives, managing medical bills and many other subjects. The book provides an excellent background into these matters and provides a feel for what you may need to research.

As stated in the book:

“And this is where a good Elder Lawyer comes in. Find her or him and talk to them. Know what you can and cannot do and when you can and cannot do it. Knowledge is Power.”

This is a highly informative podcast with a strong functional value and is available below at the bottom of this post.  For your convenience the interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcasts and Stitcher under “Billy Dees.” It can also be accessed on TuneIn through your Amazon Alexa streaming device. Follow Cathy on Twitter at @Cathy_Sikorski and me at @BillyDees.

The episode is titled on these services as:

HOPress HumorOutcasts Cathy Sikorski – Who Moved My Teeth?

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