HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Molly Stevens

1BOTL coverI 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.

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Molly Stevens

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 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.

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Billy Dees and Molly Stevens

“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.

Molly 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

Is Podcasting a Bubble that is Due to Pop?

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So many microphones, so little time.

Is podcasting part of a digital media bubble that is due to implode?

Although it is impossible to predict the future, in a word I would say “no.” Podcasting is here to stay as a viable media tool although the landscape of the medium will change. At the same time, for the time being I would be remiss not to acknowledge that there is an overabundance of podcasts.

Podcasting is going through what the blogosphere did over ten years ago. At first there was such a hunger for articles and information that was an alternative from magazines and newspapers, that everybody jumped on the blog bandwagon. Contained in the inundation of blogs were poorly written posts and frivolous content. There is still no shortage of blogs but the cream has risen to the top in many cases by the most talented and consistent bloggers. Not to mention many of the people who were blogging about their morning breakfast a decade ago are now taking pictures of their toast over on Facebook.

We have that dynamic now with podcasting. The podcast medium is over-crowded and many podcasts have poor sound quality and production value. Furthermore, I certainly do not know how some podcasters come up with their show ideas. I would need a hit of acid to listen to an hour long podcast about ten things to use a condom for other than its intended use. Since I am strongly anti-drug, suffice it to say the likelihood of me medicating myself through that type of content is pretty slim.

The novelty of this type of podcast is sure to wear off and in time the crowded podcast field will level off. In my opinion there are three things that will keep podcasting, in essence, alive for a good while into the future.

For one, the good thing about many different creators being attracted to podcasting is that a good diverse talent base is also expanding, which will only serve a growing audience. The audience itself is becoming much savvier in terms of what constitutes good production value and content. Screwball shows can have a viable share of the marketplace as well but will have to up their game on par with professionally produced comedy shows and radio programs.

Second, the landscape for digital media regarding content marketing is enormous and the demographics for podcasting are possibly wide open depending on the subject matter. A big advantage of podcasts over video or written blogs is that they do not require your complete attention. A busy listener who is juggling a career and family can easily listen to an episode while doing pretty much anything else simultaneously. As big businesses and their marketing divisions are realizing the new potential to build a bridge of good content to their client base by utilizing podcasts, investment in the medium will likely propagate.

Thirdly, the utilization of audio only in general is increasing rapidly. Audio streaming devices in the home are already very common and as internet enabled cars are also on their way to becoming a norm, a loftier potential to reach a large audience is being set in place. The day is coming when while on your way to work, you can simply ask your car’s dashboard how your local councilperson is planning to vote on an upcoming issue and within a few seconds you will hear his or her voice. From this aspect alone I have been advocating the idea that building a reservoir of audio content online is a good idea for many people who need to get the word out about what they do.

Predictions about the rise or fall of podcasting have been happening every year especially since 2012 when the medium’s popularity began to soar. My opinion is that the rage will level off but podcasting and especially audio content in various forms is here to stay.

In the meantime I hope that the sheer number of podcasts do not hurt the brilliant shine of the medium. There was a time when telling someone that you had a blog was met with a deep sigh because of the saturated blogosphere. For the serious practitioners of podcasting the best advice I can give you is to stay consistent, don’t try to compete with every new podcast that comes along, and be sure to serve your loyal audience members with great content.

We’ll just have to wait for the dust to settle around us.

“Running Log” by Roger Hollis

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Publisher: HOPress – Shorehouse Books  Twitter:  @HOPress

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.

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Roger Hollis

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.

I 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

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Roger Hollis and Billy Dees

description of his book because you can listen to Roger himself in this episode of HumorOutcasts Radio at the bottom of this post.

You 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, Debuts in January Based in Akron, Ohio

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Earl McCune, one of the principle owners of SKO Radio

For 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.

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SKO Radio will be based in Akron, Ohio

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.

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Earl McCune and Billy Dees

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.

You can find SKO Radio on Facebook at SKORadioNetwork 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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“On the Air” with Earl McCune of SKO Radio and Billy Dees

 

SmartPhone Video Formats

How do you shoot video?

Up and down or sideways? Some people are very passionate about this topic. I wouldn’t call myself passionate about it but I do feel video should be shot sideways. In smartphone speak that means landscape or in video terms it’s what amounts to 16×9.

I accepted a LinkedIn Video challenge a while back and decided to post a short video about smartphone shooting formats. For your convenience I have it here for you:

“Getting Started in Freelance Writing” by Ginny Simon

Ginny Simon CoverWe 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.

For your convenience the podcast is right here:

Why Podcast?

Online Media Concept. Blue Podcast Button with Microphone. 3d ReI come from the world of audio and media production in general.

With that being said, in professional and social settings I often get asked about podcasting and its relevance. Being that I enjoy the medium I’m not sure how much people expect an objective answer from me. Well, there are no easy solutions in today’s complicated and fragmented online and traditional media landscape. I would not tout podcasting as a one size fits all solution for everyone. However, it is becoming a force that more and more people are turning to as part of their overall content marketing strategy.

The audience for podcasting is growing. According to recent data from Edison Research, the audience is strong in the age group 18-54. The podcast listener tends to be educated, affluent, and is also part of a group that likes content that is free from advertising or that is at least low in advertisement rotation. The on-demand nature of podcasts seems to be a big part of the medium’s appeal as well.

There are plenty of ways for people to produce their own podcasts at a low cost just as there are easy ways for them to produce their own online videos and digital pictures. However, just as with video and other media there are times when professional production is more appropriate. For one, the growing audience is increasingly listening to podcasts on better sounding streaming devices and becoming savvier regarding production quality. Secondly, as this occurs companies and organizations wanting to increase their listenership may not want to incur the time of in-house training and the cost of equipment to get to a high production level. Even with this being the case, most of the time professional podcast production is very affordable when compared to television and other media.

Investment in the medium is improving not only with increased funding but with traditional media outlets beginning podcast divisions. Style and presentation is also evolving for the better due to the talent base that podcasting is attracting. Moreover, marketers are aware that internet enabled automobiles will likely only serve to expand the base of podcast listeners where almost half of radio listening takes place.

fdb26a0f-3bfe-4804-9e0f-9a7f34098669To me, one of the major appeals of podcasting is the fact that they do not require the audience’s complete attention. Unlike a video or a blog post, you can listen to a podcast while you are pretty much doing anything. This is a key feature for young professionals who are busy with a family and a career.

I would also want to be aware of the burgeoning use of interactive audio content. It may not be long before you are able to just simply ask your car’s dashboard what your council representative’s position is on a given issue and his or her voice will be coming out of the speakers. Building an online reservoir of audio content for your potential clients to access in the future is probably a good idea.

Podcasts can be very entertaining and informative. I certainly would encourage anyone to become a fan of podcasting.

For the more ambitious of you who may want to try making one, it is often said that good writers are good readers first. I would advise the same for novices regarding podcasts. Listen to a few of them. Remember, we don’t expect online videos to be stylized as television programs and podcasts do not need to be modeled after morning zoo radio shows. Get some ideas and settle on your own panache.

Oh, and have fun.

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