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Podcast episode 16 has been posted!

After a long delay I have recorded episode 16 of the Jolly Roger Telephone podcast. In this episode I discuss “ringless voicemail” and the “Can you hear me now?” scam that have both been circulating around the internet for a few weeks. I share three fantastic (and extremely vulgar) calls with you. If you don’t have time to listen, here’s what I basically think about these two issues:

Ringless Voicemail:

Somehow this turned into a partisan issue. I guess someone at the Republican National Committee supported a proposal to the FCC and now the headlines are saying it’s a Republican idea. But it’s just a proposal by various trade organizations to get around the “opt in” nature of telemarketing calls to your mobile. I cannot imagine this will ever be approved, but if it is, we will all just sign up for a voicemail transcription service and these messages will be filtered by a junk mail algorithm. Or we all just shut off our voicemail. I don’t think it’s a big deal.

“Oh my headset slipped. Can you hear me now?”

The headlines say “Don’t say yes! They can use your recording to force you to pay later!” This is another issue that surprises me. Even the FTC and BBB tell you not to engage. There’s a great article from the Archer Security Group at that discusses this. Kerry Tomlinson traced it back to the source and it seems pretty benign. A scammer threatened to take a business to court because they supposedly had a recording of him agreeing to purchase the services. I’m sure if the business had pushed, it would have fallen apart in court. But rather than deal with it, they just paid. Have any of you heard of a telemarketer successfully suing anyone because of a doctored recording? Yeah, me neither. And I don’t think we ever will. There are hundreds of recordings of me saying ‘yes’ on YouTube. Snip one of those and bring it on, telemarketers!

Anyway, here’s the podcast. There are three calls in here, and two of them are extremely raunchy so you have been warned.

Thanks for listening!


Podcast episode 13 has been posted

Hi all! It’s out of order – I am posting episode 13 AFTER episode 14. But 13 is there now and ready for listening. Also, I noticed that Soundcloud does not allow downloading the tracks by default. I have enable that also. Not that any of you want to permanently archive these files, but there’s no reason to stop you.

In this episode, I discuss my first three bots – the “Original Jolly Roger”, Debbie Doldrums, and Jolly Jenny. Some of you have expressed an interest in the story behind these bots. They all have their own personality and funny stories about their creation.

My podcast should be easy to find in Google Play, iTunes, and any podcast index, but if you want the URL of the RSS feed, it is

Here is a link to episode 13. Thank you for listening and your support in my efforts to stop telemarketing!


Podcast Episode 11 – Interview with Whitey Whitebeard

I have posted episode 11 of the Jolly Roger Telephone Company Podcast. In this episode, I speak with the voice talent behind Whitey Whitebeard! We talk about his bot and learn a little bit about the person behind the voice. Is he senile? Confused? Has he heard the calls where he is abused and cursed? What does he think?


Podcast Episode 10 has been posted

Hello all!

I have posted episode 10 of the podcast. This episode is CRAZY and if you’re new to my podcast, please do not start with this one. If you’re a regular listener, then please enjoy this. I would love to hear what you think about this one.

Podcast episode 9 is ready!

You can find episode 9 of the Jolly Roger Telephone Podcast on Soundcloud or in your favorite podcast app. Or here of course. In this episode I have a really funny call from Human Resources and I also play a nasty call from credit card services. Please enjoy and thanks for listening! Roger