Friday, September 28, 2012

O. Henry's "Tolbin's Palm" on The Joe Bev Experience - Saturday, Oct. 6th - 3 pm (ET) on CRAGG

Joe Bev & Lorie Kellogg perform classic American stories of O. Henry and Philip Freneau, part of "The Joe Bev 3-hour Block" airing every Saturday, starting 1 pm (ET) / 10 am (PT) at

Host Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) presents classic American stories of O Henry and Philip Freneau, on the 11th edition of The Joe Bev Experience airing Saturday, Oct. 6th at 3 pm ET / noon PT on, right after Joe Bev's Comedy-O-Rama Hour and Jazz-O-Rama Hour (part of "The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block" starting 1 pm ET).

Stories this week include "Tolbin's Palm" by O. Henry, performed by Joe Bev and Lorie Kellogg. The recording will soon be released as an audiobook through and Bev plans on producing audio of the complete O. Henry catalog.

Also on the hour, "A Freneau Sampler," poetry and prose of Philip Freneau combined with an biographical play about his life written and directed by Joe Bev(ilacqua). Funded by The New Jersey Historical Commission and The Monmouth County Historical Society.

Joe Bevilacqua is a veteran radio theater producer and voice actor. He also works on stage and is the winner of the 2012 New York TANYS Award for Excellence in Acting. He has performed at the Improv, Caroline's on Broadway, Catch a Rising Star, the Comic Strip, opened for Uncle Floyd, worked with Al Franken, Shelley Berman, Louis Black and Rick Overton. Joe has also MC'd shows featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Mahr and Gilbert Gottfried. He has been regularly heard on National Public Radio and Sirius-XM Radio and has produced hundreds of hours of audiobooks. He currently produces and hosts three radio hours per week for the Internet radio station Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

William Sydney Porter, known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry's short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings.

Porter gave various explanations for the origin of his pen name. In 1909 he gave an interview to The New York Times, in which he gave an account of it:
It was during these New Orleans days that I adopted my pen name of O. Henry. I said to a friend: "I'm going to send out some stuff. I don't know if it amounts to much, so I want to get a literary alias. Help me pick out a good one." He suggested that we get a newspaper and pick a name from the first list of notables that we found in it. In the society columns we found the account of a fashionable ball. "Here we have our notables," said he. We looked down the list and my eye lighted on the name Henry, "That'll do for a last name," said I. "Now for a first name. I want something short. None of your three-syllable names for me." "Why don’t you use a plain initial letter, then?" asked my friend. "Good," said I, "O is about the easiest letter written, and O it is."

A Freneau Sampler: 
The Prose and Poetry of Revolutionary War Writer Philip Freneau
By Joe Bevilacqua
Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua, William Melillo, Alison Nead, Rick Ramos, Leslie Spital, Cathi Tully

  Length: 31 min.


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