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Billy Dees - Writer, Podcaster, & Media Enthusiast 

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This website is a collection of my editorials and blog posts. The site also features many of my podcasts. The "Billy Dees" Podcast is available on most of the major Internet Radio Networks including Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, and Google Play for Android. 

Social issues, politics, and pop culture are among the topics featured. I am not an ideologue. I try to objectively examine issues and hopefully present a unique perspective to the reader and listener. Thank You.

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Entries by Billy Dees (31)

Monday
Dec112017

The "Running Log" by Roger Hollis

Book: “Running Log”
@HOPress on Twitter
The day before Thanksgiving I had a chance to stop by the office of Roger Hollis with a mobile production set up and talk to him about running and his new book, the “Running Log.” 

The “Running Log” essentially encompasses three elements; running, cartoons, and motivation. Roger has been a long-time runner and has enjoyed both the physical and mental benefits of running. He has also enjoyed drawing cartoons and illustrations for personal enjoyment and for various books and publications. My experience with Roger has allowed me to appreciate his down-to earth attitude and practical approach to most given situations with a little bit of humor as part of the mix.
 
Roger HollisI would describe the “Running Log” as a diary of sorts for runners and other fitness enthusiasts to document their progress alongside various illustrations and motivational witticisms authored by Roger. However, you don’t have to go by my description of his book because you can listen to Roger himself in this episode of HumorOutcasts Radio at the bottom of this post.
 
Roger Hollis and Billy DeesYou can find the “Running Log” on Amazon and it makes a perfect companion to all of those New Year’s resolutions to get out and to be more active. Roger is also a contributor to HumorOutcasts.com and you can find his newborn presence on Twitter @roger_hollis
 
Please give our podcast a listen. Thank you.
 
HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio – Roger Hollis “Running Log” Listen to "HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Roger Hollis 11 22 2017" on Spreaker.
Sunday
Nov192017

SKO Radio, a New Internet Radio Station Based in Akron, Oh Debuts in January 2018

Earl McCune of SKO Radio NetworkFor generations listening to the radio meant having an antenna. Broadcast radio is under the province of FCC regulations, has a limited and measured transmission area, and all of the airways essentially are part of the public domain. What we normally refer to as print and broadcast media (radio and television) has dominated the dissemination of news and information for most of the last century.

Again, just most but not all of the last century. The rise of the internet over the past few decades has opened many new metaphoric “airways” for a wider diversity of voices to be “transmitted” via internet streaming to worldwide audiences. Furthermore, these new channels are not beholden to the restrictions of the public airways or other terrestrial broadcast boundaries. Welcome to the world of online media.

You don’t necessarily need a computer anymore. If you have a smartphone or a tablet you have access to this new cyber media world both as an audience member and as a participant. Streaming devices in the home are also giving greater access all of the time to growing audiences of both audio and video online media.

Along these lines investment in internet radio and podcasting, both by traditional media entities beginning online diversification and new online startups, is rapidly growing. Style and presentation are also evolving for the better due to the talent base that internet radio and podcasting are attracting. Moreover, marketers are aware that internet enabled automobiles will likely only serve to expand the base of internet radio listeners where almost half of general radio listening takes place.

This January 2018 a new internet streaming radio station, SKO Radio, is hitting the proverbial “airways” from Akron, Ohio. This past week I had a chance to talk with one of the principle owners, Earl McCune. We talked about what internet radio is, how it differs from standard broadcast radio, and what the hopes may be for a new era regarding audio media and internet radio programming.

Earl McCune and Billy DeesYou can find SKO Radio on Facebook at SKO Radio Network and on Twitter at @SKORadioNetwork. The website is not fully implemented at the time of this writing but will be online at www.SKORadio.com. In the meantime if you have any questions about being an announcer or a salesperson for the station, advertising, or the programming that will be available you can contact the staff of SKO Radio through the Facebook site.

For your convenience my interview with Earl McCune is available at the bottom of this post. You can also find it on your favorite podcast service under the “Billy Dees Podcast” including on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, PlayerFM, and Spreaker. You can follow my “Billy Dees” persona on Twitter at @BillyDees.

Listen to "SKO Radio Interview with Earl McCune" on Spreaker.

Monday
Nov132017

"Getting Started in Freelance Writing" by Ginny Simon 

We often hear the term “freelance writing,” but exactly what is it and can it be a viable career choice?

This podcast is an interview with Ginny Simon, the author of “Getting Started in Freelance Writing.”

Ginny talks about the creative and business aspects of freelance writing, the importance of research, and how your content should be marketed to potential clients.

It is a very informative podcast and we hope that you will give it a listen.

The podcast is featured on HumorOutcasts.com and the book is published by Corner Office Books, a division of HOPress-Shorehouse Books. You can find “Getting Started in Freelance Writing” on Amazon.

Listen to "HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Ginny Simon 10 23 2017" on Spreaker.

Saturday
Oct072017

Podcast Interview "If I Could Mend Your Heart" by Mary Farr

HO Press – Shorehouse Books
“If I Could Mend Your Heart” by Mary Farr
Podcast Interview

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mary Farr. Her book, “If I Could Mend Your Heart,” deals with the subject of managing grief. This sorrow can be due to the loss of life but also any event or circumstance which heavily impacts our lives. The book is available here on Amazon.

Even though this is a difficult theme, this is not a depressing podcast and this is not a sad book. Rather, Mary explains that often times carving out an alternative and positive path in life can be a part of how we manage the trials and tribulations that we all experience.

The podcast is featured on HumorOutcasts.com. For your convenience the interview is also playable at the bottom of this post or for those of you who regularly listen to podcasts it is also available under “Billy Dees” on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and nearly all of the other major podcast/internet radio platforms for your favorite streaming device or mobile app.

This is a podcast production in partnership with HOPress-Shorehouse Books. Special thanks to Donna Cavanagh over at @HOPress.

Thanks to all of you and happy listening.

Listen to "HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Mary Farr 9 13 2017" on Spreaker.

Saturday
Aug192017

What If We Had a Protest and Nobody Showed Up?

Who is going to protest today? Who is going to counter protest? How many are going to bring along their phone hoping to catch the next viral video? How much of the media is going to show up hoping to get some good shots of people hitting each other with flag poles? How many people are more than willing to put on a good show for them?

Yes, there are serious divisions and problems in our society worth much debate and analysis.

This stuff, however, does nothing but fuel the myth that more divides us than unites us.

If we turned off cable news, put down our phones, and actually walked out the door and talked to our neighbors, got involved in our community, or maybe volunteered for something; we might just realize that there are some great people in this world.

Remember the old hippie axiom, “What if we had a war and nobody showed up?”

Why not let certain groups from all sides of the warped ideological spectrum bloviate to an empty street and ignore them for the fools that they are while we work together to make the world a better place?

Wednesday
Aug022017

Interview with Wil 3 Author of "Heartly God?" 

Back in June I had the chance to interview Wil 3 about his new book “Heartly God?” for Donna Cavanagh and HO Press.

It was a fun interview to do and I would encourage everyone to give it a listen. Wil 3 gives us various insights into his personality and what went into the writing of his book. If you enjoy writing or the creative process in regard to character or story development then you might find this podcast episode of particular interest. You can find the book “Heartly God?” here on Amazon.

This episode entitled “HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Wil3 Interview” was featured on the “Billy Dees” Podcast which is available on most of the major Internet Radio services including iTunes (Apple Podcasts), Stitcher, Google Play for Android, SoundCloud, and Spreaker.

For your convenience you can listen to it in this post.

Thanks and fun reading to you.

Listen to "HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Wil3 Interview 6 15 2017" on Spreaker.

Saturday
May132017

It Doesn't Take Much to Get Into Trouble

Humor

One summer day last year I was in the middle of my morning routine when the doorbell rang. I absolutely despise somebody ringing my doorbell or pounding on the door especially at 8:00 AM.

So, in typical fashion I ignored it. There isn’t anything that anybody who has been banging on my door has to say that interests me. I don’t care if you are selling gold bricks for a dollar you can go pound salt.

In the meantime, I checked outside and noticed that the bell ringer happened to be the young woman who lived next door to me and she was going from house to house as if she needed help. So alright, in this day and age of stalkers and serial killers, I decided that I might as well put my shoes on to go outside and find out what in the hell was going on.

It turned out that all this fuss was about the fact that she had just started a new job and her car wouldn’t start. She was afraid she was going to be late. By this time a man who was parked in the street, some goon who wouldn’t even say hi to me, offered his car battery to her but didn’t have jumper cables. Already regretting my decision to come outside but yet still trying to be helpful, I offered them the use of a set of cables that I had in my garage.

We got her car started and the goofy Good Samaritan, whoever he was, disappeared into the ether as quickly as he appeared. She seemed relieved that I had stayed with her until the stranger left and she could be safely on her way.

I presumed that was my good deed for the day and that was that.

A day or so passed and I was sitting in my living room when my wife got home early one evening. Without so much as a hello my wife blew into the room and asked me, “What is with this cake that was on the front porch?”

Sure enough she was standing in the doorway holding a cake. I very politely replied, “I don’t know anything about no damn cake.”

To which my wife sharply responded, “And there’s a note on it that says, ‘Thanks for jumping me.’ What the hell?”

It is at this point that no matter what you say you are going to sound guilty of something. Frustrated I gave it my best shot, “Oh for crying out loud that must be from the woman next door who was pounding on the door yesterday morning because she couldn’t get her car started and there was this weird guy in the street who offered to help her but…”

My wife interrupted, “For God’s sake Bill, why didn’t you tell me about this yesterday?”

To which I very logically replied, “Because it never would have occurred to me again from now until the end of the world had it not been for that f**king cake!”

It doesn’t take much to get into trouble. The scripture says, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

It may not be the scripture that you are familiar with but it is the one that I live by.

Saturday
Mar042017

Have You Ever Noticed?

Have you ever noticed that the people screaming about their right to free speech never listen to anyone else?

Have you ever noticed that “Breaking News” now means, “We still do not know anything more than we did an hour ago?”

Have you ever noticed that “beware of the dog” signs are usually posted in front of houses that you know damn well do not have a Godforsaken thing in them worth taking? Walking through the house would be an exercise in avoiding big piles of crap; some of which might actually belong to the dog.

Have you ever noticed that in order to legitimize any pseudo medical disorder all you have to do is attach the word “syndrome” to it? If you experience a painful itch in your groin area after working out then you may have “sticky tickly genitalia syndrome.”

Have you ever noticed that if you are not completely sensitive to the latest “syndrome du jour” or “the latest hip affliction everybody now has” trending on social media you are labeled a hater?

Have you ever noticed the sultry women whispering with a breathy voice in the Viagra commercials probably have had more experience with men suffering from premature ejaculation than erectile dysfunction?

Have you ever noticed those commercials are just a bit too short to enjoy to the fullest? Oh sorry, wait a minute let’s move on…

Have you ever noticed that electric cars need plugged in to charge? Where does the electricity come from much of the time? Mmmm, burning coal and other fossil fuels maybe?

Have you ever noticed that emailing has become on par with texting? “I emailed you the PDF over an hour ago haven’t you read it yet?”

Have you ever noticed that some posts just aren’t much focused and not worth clicking on?

Please notice that I am sorry.