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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 Interview with Leslie Handler “Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank”

Leslie Handler is the author of the new book, “Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank” subtitled, “An Inspirational Collection of Essays from Humorous to Simply Human.”

During our podcast for HumorOutcasts.com Leslie takes us on a personal journey from her early life in Texas and the Cayman Islands, to her various careers and then a health crisis, and through her transition into writing. Which is very fitting because her book is also very personal.

The essays in her book are her individual stories which are not embellished with any creative license. The compositions range from financial issues, raising children, and reoccurrences of mice infestation.

Leslie HandlerLeslie is a great speaker and is very engaging. I found her to be a very genuine person during our discussion and I have little doubt that that quality came across very well during the writing of her book.

Please give our podcast a listen right 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. It can also be accessed on TuneIn through your Amazon Alexa streaming device. The episode is titled on these services as, “HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Leslie Handler - Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank” under Billy Dees.

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Social Media Video Promos for Outside Projects

I have been involved with several talk radio projects in addition to the Billy Dees Podcast. As part of that process I have been producing video promos mostly for Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If your group or organization has any questions about my media bookings please use the email prompt located at the upper right of this website. Thank you. - Billy Dees

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Perry Block the Author of “Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute”

 

It has been said that youth is wasted on the young. If you can relate to that sentiment then it is likely that you will empathize with my interview of Perry Block; the author of, “Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute” available on Amazon.

Perry is a Baby Boomer who no longer can reconcile his image in the mirror with a more youthful and handsome self-image that he seems to carry around with him. Of course, who among us has a completely accurate self-image? I certainly picture myself with darker hair and bulging abs.

This is an experience that all of us can understand and it isn’t always pleasant. Should it be?

Maybe not. We are in a society that extols the virtues of positivity. Every cloud has to have a silver lining. There is almost a shroud of political correctness wrapped around us all of the time that compels us not ever to say that a particular stage of our life or a given experience just, well, sucks. That is not to say that these moments have to be an awful source of depression either, but just as the cliché goes, “It is what it is.”    

Perry BlockPerry talks about aging as it relates to different aspects of life such coping with social trends and changing relationships with a nervous energy that fuels an edgy sense of humor. He can sometimes take you down a path that you fully anticipate will go one direction but then somehow directs you to a place that isn’t on the map.

I certainly completely appreciate Perry’s attitude but then again I’ve been going through a mid-life crisis for about the last thirty years so what do I know? Maybe you should listen to the interview yourself.

The podcast was produced on behalf of HumorOutcasts.com. The interview is available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. It can also be accessed on TuneIn through your Amazon Alexa streaming device. The episode is titled, “HOPress HumorOutcasts Radio Perry Block - Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute.”

The podcast may also be played right 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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