Sam from Erie St Vinyl Talks Records and Audio

We had a great visit with Sam from Erie St. Vinyl in Massillon, Ohio.

Selfie time with Sam and Billy Dees on location at Erie St. Vinyl.

Do you remember the feel of old record stores back in the 1970s? In addition to vinyl record bins around the store, Erie St Vinyl is decorated with vintage audio gear and décor. They even burn incense so that the aroma of the store has a classic record store vibe.

During this interview we discuss how people’s listening habits to music has changed, and how a new generation of music fans are discovering vinyl. We also chat about the business aspect of opening a brick-and-mortar shop to cater to the vintage audio and vinyl music fan.

You can find Erie St. Vinyl on Facebook.

Regarding the production, this episode was recorded on location at Erie St. Vinyl. Since Covid, it has been difficult to do location recordings. Although online production tools have improved over the past several years, it is still a great experience to record guests in their own environment with a mobile system.

This can bring a set of technical challenges. Very often location settings are noisy, don’t have have treated environments, and will often have loud air conditioning or appliances running in the background. However, we have found it is worth it to enter someone else’s world. The audience certainly appreciates this aspect of the interview over any minor imperfection of sound or lighting.

The environment of Erie St. Vinyl itself was worth capturing. The space is absolutely loaded with charm and atmosphere. Sam deserves much credit for following her goal of creating this great place.

You can find the interview on your favorite podcasting platform including the Spotify player below. We also recorded a videocast which is also posted below. The video version contains footage of the shop.

New Member of the Production Group

We are very pleased to announce that Kristy Mickelsen has agreed to have Perfect Media Productions, LLC, help produce and facilitate the distribution of her podcast, “W.W.A.A. Podcast.”

We first had Kristy as a guest on the Billy Dees Podcast about a year ago. Kristy is an author and an advocate for such issues as cancer, autism, lupus, and mental health. She is also a 43-year-old wife and mother, whose passions include her two autistic children, reading, and writing. After her appearance on the podcast, Kristy started becoming an active member of the social audio community, especially on Twitter Spaces. As her audience widened, Kristy decided to enter the field of podcasting.

Kristy is very active on Twitter, and you can find her at @KristyBooks. Want to know more about Kristy’s podcast? You can listen to her and her podcast trailer below on Spotify. More episodes are on their way soon.

Podcast Update August 2022

I would like to personally thank everyone who has been listening to the Billy Dees Podcast. We don’t feature every episode here on the production website, but we did want to update followers of the blog about some updates and recent episodes.

We have had a wonderful uptick in listens over the past 90 days.

July 2022

Apple Podcasts (then iTunes Podcasts) is where the podcast debuted and remains where a sizable percentage of the listens come from. More recently, Pandora has grabbed a huge percentage of listens. Also, Goodpods, which is what Good Reads is for books except for podcasts, is also coming on strong for listens and has been very active with us on Twitter. Their goal is to have a place where independent podcasts can thrive. We also want to welcome listers on the JioSaavn platform which is based in India.

Some great guests have contributed to our growth. Here is a sample of some of our recent episodes you may have missed. All of these episodes are available on your favorite podcast platform under the Billy Dees Podcast.

“Twitter and Twitter Spaces for Authors with Ruth L. Snyder”

You can find Ruth on Twitter at @RuthLSnyder During this episode we are talking about using Twitter and Twitter Spaces for authors. Many of the topics we cover are applicable to any social media or content marketing strategy in general.

Our guest is Ruth L. Snyder who is the author of “Learn Twitter” which is geared toward writers. Ruth is also a speaker and a book coach.

“Community Building and Marketing with Twitter Spaces with Guest, Keith Keller”

You can find Keith on Twitter at @KeithKeller

Whether you want to improve your content marketing strategy or simply want to build your brand, social media is almost always a major tool in your toolbox. In this episode we are talking with Keith Keller who has been a Twitter strategist since the early days of the platform.

Keith discusses how to Amplify Your Message, Build Your Brand, and Create a Community via Twitter and Twitter Spaces. We also ask him about Social Audio, what it is, and how Twitter Spaces approaches the medium of social audio.

“Talking About Hope with Graciela Moore”

You can find Graciela on Twitter at @SoMCoaching

Graciela Moore is ICF certified, a transcendental hope coach, and author. Graciela also helps HSIP thrive into soul-alignment and is a public speaker.

On this episode Graciela talks about hope, the different ways we consider hope, and how important it is in our daily lives. Please listen in for some great insights into personal growth, happiness, and hope!

Rachel Thompson Talks About Her Book, “Broken People” and Marketing

Rachel Thompson is an author of seven books. She is a champion for survivors and is the originator of the hashtag #SexAbuseChat on Twitter.

She also promotes other writers and is also known for the much-used blogging #MondayBlogs hashtag.

You can find her on Twitter @RachelintheOC, and at @BadRedHeadMedia which is all about creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors.

On this episode we are talking with Rachel about her advocacy for survivors, being an author, and her presence on the new medium Twitter Spaces.

This year 2022, “Broken People” was released and won ‘Best in Category’ for Nonfiction with the Book Excellence Awards

Maria Humphreys from Strong Body Strong Soul, Discusses Meditation, Spirituality, and Social Audio

You can find Maria on Twitter and Twitter Spaces @sbssforme and @techie_maria

On this episode we are talking with Maria Humphreys from the Strong Body Strong Soul Podcast. Maria is passionate about inspiring stories and is very enthusiastic about all topics related to audio, including the emergence of social audio. Maria has been able to combine her meditation practices with the nuances of spoken word communication.

Food, Exercise, and Their Impact on Wellness with Guest Lenora on Twitter Spaces

Billy Dees and Lenora Colarusso

Twitter Spaces is an audio medium allowing for a configuration of hosts, speakers, and listeners. This Space was hosted Thursday January 6, 2022, at 2:00pm EST.

If you are familiar with the app “Clubhouse,” you are likely to recognize Twitter Spaces which is very similar. Spotify, LinkedIn, and any number of other social media platforms are also exploring what is being termed as “social audio.”

Currently, the only way to take part in a Twitter Space is via the Twitter smartphone app. If you already have Twitter on your phone you can utilize Twitter Spaces.

Spaces is an audio only platform.

In my opinion, for podcasts and as a production tool, the guests sound a bit “phoned-in” on Spaces but otherwise is acceptable. I am not sure how much I will be using Spaces for podcast episodes, but it has potential as a break-through medium. Real-time and trending topics are built into the fabric of Twitter which gives the platform a head-start in the social audio spectrum.

Our guest for this episode was Lenora Colarusso, who has been on the podcast numerous times. The first part of the episode covers Lenora and her journey of recovery and well-being. It is followed by snippets from a Question-and-Answer period that followed on the Space. Guests take part from all over the world, which is one of the great things about the Twitter Spaces format.

Why Space Matters! Podcast!

This is a subject we have covered before. However, since the successful landing of the NASA Mars rover, Perseverance, we decided to revisit it in podcast form.

This episode is a commentary by Billy Dees about why space matters to society, the economy, and the humanity of the United States and the world.

You can find the Billy Dees Podcast on nearly all of the major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

For your convenience the episode is right here, just hit play.