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.

Twitter is Now Owned by Elon Musk

Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard that Elon Musk has purchased Twitter.

I have been an avid user of Twitter almost since the very beginning, my @BillyDees account is over 12 years old. I first started with Twitter as a blogger. I hosted my own blog and was an editorialist for several other blogs circa 2010-11. There is absolutely no question that Twitter drove readers to my posts. The topical and trending nature of Twitter complimented my editorial writing like a charm.

During this time, I was also a multimedia specialist and continue in that capacity in 2022. In fact, I have been an audio professional for 30 some odd years. As 2012 rolled by, podcasting entered a phase of rapid growth. Several crime podcasts garnered national attention and high-ranking politicians and newsmakers began granting interviews. Internet and streaming capabilities in phones and mobile devices started to become more common. As podcasting grew, given my background, podcasting became a natural fit for me. Twitter, in my opinion, is tailor made for the fast and trending topics covered by podcasters.

I often state that Twitter is my social media home. I now have incorporated Twitter Spaces, an audio forum similar to Clubhouse, as part of my content mix. What happens to that feature, along with other aspects of Twitter, are a large part of the speculation around Musk’s acquisition.

What will Elon Musk do with Twitter? Why did he buy it?

Simply put, I don’t know. However, I am a fan of Elon Musk, and I am optimistic about the future of Twitter. It needed a reset.

Elon Musk’s Twitter account Oct 30, 2022

Musk has often stated that he wants to champion “free speech” on the platform. Elon has suggested he would reconsider Twitter’s approach to content moderation and permanent bans from the platform, all of which could impact the political landscape. At the same time, Musk has reassured advertisers that he doesn’t plan to turn the platform into a “free-for-all hellscape.” In my opinion, Elon also very rightly has mentioned his desire to rid the platform of bots. So much so, that he made the number of bots central to his argument to abandon the deal during this roller coaster ride of the last six months.

The notion that Twitter may also expand the idea of paid subscriptions has also arisen. I, so far, have no issue with this overall concept. I already subscribe to Twitter Blue and feel this would certainly cut down on fake accounts and give a greater consumer voice to users.

As to why Elon decided to buy Twitter, I can only guess. Unlike most of the speculation I have run across online, I do not feel there is anything regarding the technology of Twitter or any intrinsic value Twitter has within it, that could be that intriguing to someone who lands rockets vertically.  

I do feel, the megaphone that Twitter wields, has enormous value. Tesla and SpaceX have no advertising budget. He now has a pick-line directly into the bloodstream of the marketplace. Twitter also has a celebrity aura around its brim. Along with being one of the most successful businessmen in the world, Elon Musk is now a pop-culture icon. Not to mention, in 2024 which is drawing ever so closer, he could be a dominate political force.

Stay tuned.

Podcast Update for October 2022

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Audio platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, and Goodpods continue to be strong places for listeners heading into the fall of 2022 for the Billy Dees Podcast. We continue to incorporate video, when possible, mostly for the benefit of guests who wish to be able to share links where they appear onscreen. We also have been posting audio only podcasts on YouTube because that platform is the second largest search engine available. However, our efforts have focused on audio media.

This brings us to the emergence of what has been termed “social audio,” which has also been a large contributing factor to the podcast. There are various formats but in essence a “room” or “space” consists of a host, speakers, and listeners in an audio forum. The content can be basically any genre or category although mental wellness, motivation, and creativity are among the many favorites. So far, we have been focusing on Twitter Spaces and the Wisdom app. We have recently been accepted as a creator on Fireside (co-founded by Falon Fatemi and Mark Cuban) which has some great production features including video and the ability to live-stream to YouTube. High up on our list is to begin producing some content on Fireside.

You can find Billy Dees on Wisdom and please be aware this is not a place to find the regular podcast episodes listed. The app is free and will give you the capability to listen to creators on the app and interact with them if you wish. We will at times repurpose our content created on social audio into a podcast episode. If you have a Twitter account, you do not need a separate app to engage a Twitter Space.

We have begun researching the blockchain and NFT marketplace for the best content posting options for podcasts and media in general. This has the makings for an exciting new era of content creation. More to come on this but simply put, Web3 and the related technology is on our radar.

Please follow and subscribe to the Billy Dees Podcast, you can find us on your favorite podcasting platform. Here are our podcast links and various social media Billy Dees Linktree.

We don’t always highlight each episode here on the website but here are a few you may have missed.

Laurisha Fant Talks Art, Poetry, Entrepreneurship, and Web3

Laurisha Fant is a visionary with a background in entrepreneurship consulting, who entered being a creative during the pandemic when her commercial painting business slowed down.

Laurisha began to paint in an artistic expression and eventually began creating poetry to unpack her thoughts on life and her past. Laurisha eventually created a live class for organizations to help them to understand the basics of crypto and Web3.

During this podcast episode we discuss entrepreneurship, ideas for entrepreneurs, creativity, web3, and poetry/art. Laurisha enjoys participating in discussions such as this because it’s a great way to hopefully help someone else go for their dreams as well.

You can find Laurisha on Twitter @TheLovely_Lions

Angie Berrett Intuitive Movement Coach – Releasing Stored Trauma

Angie Berrett (she/they) is an Intuitive Movement Coach, Registered Nurse, Advanced Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor and Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Instructor who understands the human body and how it works.

Angie helps people relieve stress, anxiety, depression and trauma through play, movements and fun so they can have healing and peace in their lives.

After going from child abuse survivor to registered nurse to yoga instructor, she has spent much of her life caring for others. In 2017 she hit rock bottom and started on a journey to heal. Discovering playful ways of using movements helped her learn to listen to her body, overcoming her suffering in ways traditional modalities could not. Now, she helps others heal their pain, transforming their lives.

Angie is the Owner and Creator of Angie Berrett Movement, coaching people how to release stored trauma in their bodies while increasing energy, strength, and flexibility.

You can find Angie on Twitter @AngieBerrett

Billy Dees Podcast Now on Facebook

Billy Dees FBTitleI know many of you may be hearing about the Billy Dees Podcast Facebook page for the first time. We just recently have been promoting it.

We are not new to podcasting. We were one of the early adopters of the podcast medium with an episode catalog going back many years and a solid presence on all of the podcasting platforms. Moreover, we have been doing professional audio and radio production for 30 years and have incorporated those tenants into every episode. We have been well respected in the production and broadcast community of northeastern Ohio for decades.

During the past several years we have maintained a social media presence on Twitter. This has worked well and continues to do so. At the same time the popularity of podcasting has skyrocketed and there has been a huge awareness growing on Facebook about podcasting in general.

What sets us apart from the growing number of podcasts that are springing up?

We strive for broadcast quality in two areas.

First, our experience in interviewing guests and creating content is as good as or better than what is found on broadcast media. The guest always comes first. We want them to shine. We do not pursue popular guests for the purpose of shining a light on us.

Second, we have a reverence for the spoken word and great audio as an art form. Since Covid19, in studio and location recording sessions have been limited. However, we have striven even with remote guests, when possible and practical, to work with the best production tools available on the internet.

You can find our Facebook page and the podcast itself below.

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Billy Dees

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Interview with Catherine Bosley about Her Advocacy of Avoiding Online Digital Dangers

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Catherine Bosley

Our guest on this episode of the Billy Dees Podcast is Catherine Bosley, an accomplished speaker, group consultant, personal coach, and television journalist.

Her mission is to help people stay safe in this day of increasing “digital dangers.”

Her passion is as an advocate of hope for those who have been victims of cyber humiliation and bullying. A better you can emerge on the other side once we find the steadfast inner strength that she believes we all possess.

During this interview Catherine talks about her background and experiences as a public figure and why she is such a strong advocate for online safety. We cover the topic of how some people are currently venting their negative opinions and frustrations regarding the Covid19 crisis on social media and how those online remarks could potentially come back to haunt them. We then discuss 5 online tips to avoid falling into this trap.

We also cover numerous categories of “digital dangers” that social media usage and online activities in general can often pose.

If the worst does happen, and we fall victim to a cyber catastrophe of some kind, the interview concludes with Catherine’s recommendations of how we can regain control of the situation.

You can find out more about Catherine Bosley on her website which is CatherineBosley.com.  You can also find her on Twitter @CBosley19.

You can find my podcast interview with Catherine Bosley on most of the major podcast platforms under the Billy Dees Podcast including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

For your convenience the full interview is here:

We also have her TEDx talk from YouTube available right here: