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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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HumorOutcasts Radio “I am So Sick of White Guys” by Jim Corbett and Tim Jones


How many of us need more white guys? Probably not many of us right? So here’s a podcast with three more white dudes for your listening pleasure.

On behalf of HumorOutcasts Radio on HumorOutcasts.com, I recently had the chance to interview Jim Corbett and Tim Jones who are the authors of, “I am So Sick of White Guys – The Coloring Book Experience” available on Amazon. And we don’t mean the good “sick” either, but rest assured the book and the podcast are definitely “cool sick.”

Naturally to enjoy the content of this satirical and adult coloring book it would help for the reader to be progressively minded. Therefore, how “good” you may feel that the book may happen to be is rooted heavily in subjectivity.  However, even though I may not agree with all of the concepts on every single page, I can put on an objective hat. I have no issue stating that for me this book was a creative and witty isometric exercise into a fusion of political satire, humor, and social commentary.

The book’s illustrations were created by Steve Hartley, who in my opinion did a great job maintaining the recognition of the caricatures yet portrayed expressions that match the essence of the scenes and situations depicted.

Jim Corbett and Tim JonesIn this day and age it doesn’t take much to inflame a segment of the public. Jim and Tim have had their fair share of angry blowback from the right and from the land of social media. They sent me various links prior to the interview to show me this aspect of their experience and perhaps to give me fair warning of some of the grief that I could possibly catch as the interview migrates its way through the digital media cyberspace.

We touch on some of this negative feedback during the podcast but we really wanted to stay centered on the humorous aspects of this book as well as the societal messages conveyed in the content.

If you share an illustration with someone and it sparks a conversation, it has done its job.

During our pre-production meeting I suggested to Jim and Tim, that given the provocative title of the book, it may help to give the interview some depth if I threw them a few curve ball questions as opposed to producing what amounted to an audio infomercial.  They were very receptive to the idea and they both did a fantastic job making their points in this podcast which give it an intrinsic value of substantive content above what would otherwise be considered as just a digital media marketing tool.

I hope you enjoy the podcast.

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Molly Stevens

I had a lot of fun interviewing Molly Stevens, who is the author of, “Boomer on the Ledge.”

Molly brought up some good points during the course of our podcast. One of the themes that seems central to her message is that it is never too late to discover new passions and ways to be creative as we mature. In fact, sometimes life experiences can enhance our ability to tackle original endeavors and challenges.

Another concept that seems very dear to Molly is the idea that humor is a great way to deal with life challenges and can also be a way to inspire others to examine their own place in life in a more lighthearted and positive fashion.

Molly StevensMolly lives in Maine and still works as a registered nurse part-time after a long and fulfilling full-time career in the medical field. More recently Molly discovered the joys of writing and over the past number of years has been showcasing her work on her blog ShallowReflections.com.

“Boomer on the Ledge” is an interesting blend of musings and observations about the positive and negative aspects of being a Baby Boomer as well as an inspired pictorial of images photographed by Molly to illustrate the perceptions conveyed in the book.

Billy Dees and Molly StevensMolly is a contributor to HumorOutcasts.com and can be found on Twitter @ShallRef and on her Facebook pages Shallow Reflections and Boomer on the Ledge. Her book, “Boomer on the Ledge,” can be found here on Amazon published by HumorOutcasts Press. You can follow @HOPress on Twitter.

Please take a moment to enjoy our podcast interview with Molly Stevens.

The playable audio program is right here:

HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Molly Stevens

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The "Running Log" by Roger Hollis

Book: “Running Log”
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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" 

SKO Radio, a New Internet Radio Station Based in Akron, OH is Coming Early 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.

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"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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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