Dorothy Rosby – Humor Writer and Author – Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate…

Dorothy Rosby is an author, speaker and syndicated humor columnist whose work appears in publications throughout the West and Midwest. We are happy to have her on this episode talking about writing humor and the pressure of the holidays.

Her new book is:

‘Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate: Holidays, Special Occasions and Other Times Our Celebrations Get Out of Hand

Dorothy Rosby

The book is described on her website “as a collection of humorous essays about holidays, special occasions and other times our celebrations make us feel not-so-celebratory. It’s understanding for those who think Christmas form letters can be honest—or they can be interesting. And it’s empathy for anyone who’s ever gotten poison ivy during Nude Recreation Week or eaten all their Halloween candy and had to hand out instant oatmeal packets to their trick-or-treaters.”

You can find out where to find her on her website DorothyRosby.com.

You can find Dorothy on Twitter: @DorothyRosby

You can find the Billy Dees Podcast on your favorite podcasting platform. For your convenience we have the episode below on Spotify. You may also view the webcam version below the podcast on YouTube.

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.

Making the Most of Your Interview Appearances – Billy Dees Featuring Kristy Mickelsen

This episode discusses numerous aspects of being interviewed as a guest on podcasts as well as other types of shows.

This episode was recorded with a live studio audience via Twitter Spaces.
  • What should guests bring to the table in terms of content?
  • How should you query the shows you want to be on?
  • In what ways should you support the show after your interview?

Billy Dees and then Kristy Mickelsen each give their core presentations which together run approximately 40 minutes into the episode. Then, a conversation opens up with a live studio audience which was facilitated via Twitter Spaces. The podcast was recorded in studio with an audio feed brought in from Twitter for a question-and-answer segment.

Kristy Mickelsen

Twitter Spaces is a form of the burgeoning medium of social audio. In short, hosts can create audio spaces for presentations and talks. Billy Dees was recently named one of the top voices in social audio by the Global Interview based in Ireland.

You can find Billy Dees on Twitter @BillyDees and Kristy Mickelsen @KristyBooks.

The episode can be found on your favorite platform under the Billy Dees Podcast. The full episode is below for your convenience.

“Walking with Fay – My Mother’s Uncharted Path Into Dementia” by Carolyn Birrell

Carolyn Birrell

Carolyn Birrell retired to Bonners Ferry, ID, in 2006, after living in Atlanta, GA, for 20 years where she worked for the American Cancer Society National Headquarters and then as a real estate agent and a new home builder. She began caring for her aging mother shortly after her move and started chronicling her journey.

What began as a written collection of her mother’s difficult behaviors during dementia’s earliest stages quickly turned into a comprehensive book that she continued to update until the inevitable end of her mother’s disease.

In this interview, Carolyn talks about her years long journey with her mother and Alzheimer’s dementia, and how her journals turned into a book.

An estimated 6.2 million Americans aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2021.

You can find Carolyn Birrell’s website here carolynbirrell.com.

You can find the full interview on your favorite podcasting platform on the Billy Dees Podcast. For your convenience the full interview is here along with the webcam version.