Most listened-to Keep Your Voice Down episodes of 2023

As we approach the final days of 2023, we are taking a look back at Keep Your Voice Down‘s most listened-to episodes of the year. Doug and I recorded 16 episodes, receiving 1,350 downloads in 24 countries, providing 784 minutes for your listening pleasure.

If you missed any of these episodes, or simply want to listen to one of your favorite interviews a second time, we’ve provided episode descriptions and ways to listen to each. We’d like to thank Kalamazoo (96 downloads), Three Rivers (80 downloads), and Vicksburg (75 downloads) for listening to our podcast the most. Please enjoy this recap and stay safe.

— Alek

Aundrea Sayrie — 68 downloads (February 7, 2023)

Aundrea Sayrie (Deborah Haak-Frost|Watershed Voice)

Alek and Doug welcome poet, community activist, voice actor, author, and Watershed Voice columnist and board member Aundrea Sayrie. The long awaited interview with one of Watershed’s founding members doesn’t disappoint as Aundrea talks the origin story of Three Rivers Open Mic, her Black History Month series on WSV and why she decided to change the format this year, her ongoing health concerns and how they have changed her outlook on life, and an upcoming book she’s written about professional voice acting.

Blake Alford — 76 downloads (October 20, 2023)

Blake Alford

On this week’s episode of Keep Your Voice Down, Alek and Doug are joined by Washington-based hip hop producer and artist Blake Alford. The Anderson, Indiana native talks about his latest project Domino Effect, and the added effort that went into producing the album’s first single, Oxygen, which is set to drop on November 10. 

The trio also discuss how Blake has evolved as an artist, why community and collaboration are vital to any creative process, and answer the question on everyone’s mind, “what kind of music does Alek listen to when playing video games?”

Amber Ward, Jillian Gardner, Portfolio Ink — 78 downloads (February 15, 2023)

Amber Ward (left) and Jillian Gardner

Alek and Doug are joined by Portfolio Ink owner and tattoo artist Amber Ward, and Portfolio shop manager Jillian Gardner. The quartet discuss Amber and Jillian’s respective upbringings, the interesting routes each took to the world of tattoos and piercings, how their love of art and artistic expression influences most everything they do, and their involvement in and support of Three Rivers Pride.

Andrew George, Three Rivers Pride — 79 downloads (May 25, 2023)

Andrew George (left) and Riley Mains speak to media during the 100 Allies for Acceptance rally in front of Three Rivers High School on December 6, 2021. (Deborah Haak-Frost|Watershed Voice)

Andrew George of Three Rivers Pride stops by Keep Your Voice Down to chat about the upcoming and first ever Pride Festival in the City of Three Rivers on Saturday, June 24. Andrew, Alek, and Doug talk about how a Pride flag ban protest and the community support it garnered spurred on the creation of Three Rivers Pride Festival, how it all came together in under six months, and details on what to expect at the event.

The Greatest Recap in the World — A Tribute — 118 downloads (July 21, 2023)

Alek and Doug attempt to recap the magic that was the third annual Watershed Voice Artist Showcase, while Alek grapples with the authenticity of certain pop culture references and idioms used by characters in Ginny & Georgia. Would a teen in the 2020s reference Ghost (1990)? How often does Pinky & the Brain (1995) come up? Is Casper the Friendly Ghost on the typical Gen Z-er’s radar? We ponder.

Jackie Koney, The Mill at Vicksburg — 138 downloads (January 25, 2023)

Jackie Koney

This week on Keep Your Voice Down, Doug and Alek are joined by Jackie Koney, chief operating officer of The Mill at Vicksburg, and friend of the show, Dan Moyle. The quartet discuss the progress of The Mill project and its 110-acre campus being developed for craft brewing, entertainment, tourism and more, right here in Southwest Michigan.

Brittni Huyck — 184 downloads (March 1, 2023)

Brittni Huyck

Local author and hairstylist Brittni Huyck drops by Keep Your Voice Down to talk about her Iron City Heat Series, a trio of what Alek calls “spicy novels” and Doug, an adult, calls romantic novels. The Three Rivers native describes her writing process, what her family, friends, and clients think of her “dirty books,” and what their support has meant to her. Brittni also talks about how her life, the people in it, and her experience as a hairstylist have influenced her creative endeavors.


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