Friday, January 4, 2013

New Sgt. Preston Radio Drama Saturday January 5 4:30 pm ET on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

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Sgt. Preston  of the Yukon:
"A Call from the Storm"
 part 2

will be heard on the 22nd edition
of The Joe Bev Experience
airing Saturday, January 5
at 4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PT on
after Joe Bev's Comedy-O-Rama Hour and Jazz-O-Rama Hour (part of "The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block" starting 2:30 pm ET). \

Joe Bev, who's full name is Joe Bevilacqua provides all the voices for the new Sgt. Preston story, written by Jim Nixon. 

Bevilacqua also plays all the characters in chapter four of his sound effect rich dramatization of J.C. Del La Torre's epic SCI-FI novel Ancient Rising.

Plus, Victor Gates comedy cop show Streets of Staccato: Stench of the City part five will be featured.

The weekly radio hour is an anthology series representing the depth and breath of Bev's 40-plus year career in audio storytelling, from documentary to radio drama, and new and classic installments of Bev's older radio show Cartoon Carnival (still heard on many stations).

Challenge of the Yukon was a radio series that began on Detroit's station WXYZ (as had The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet), and an example of a Northern genre story. The series was first heard on February 3, 1938. The title changed from Challenge of the Yukon to Sergeant Preston of the Yukon in November 1951, and remained under that name through the end of the series and into television. The program was an adventure series about Sergeant William Preston of the North-West Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, Yukon King, as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.

What the Critics Say:

BUY The New Stories of Old-Time Radio: Volume One, Set One
By Joe Bevilacqua Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua
Length: 3 hours and 47 min. HERE
"The enthusiasm of the writers and their respect for the period is infectious." (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine)
"Joe Bevilacqua is an amazingly talented actor and producer who brings these stories to life! You will think you are listening to actual old time radio!" (Jim Harmon, OTR historian and author)
"Are you a fan of old-time radio? Do you wish they were still making those wonderful programs so you wouldn't have to keep listening to the same old episodes again and again? Do you poop out at parties? Do you wish I would stop asking so many questions? Well wish no more o traveler of the airwaves. From Joe Bevilacqua and his Waterlogg Productions, the vita-veeta-vegemin of old-time radio, comes this echo from a bygone era. It’s The New Stories of Old-Time Radio! That’s right, creator, writer, and narrator Joe Bev has taken some of his own favorite radio programs, and created brand new episodes for all of us to enjoy. Contained in this set are all original episodes of Our Miss Brooks, Tom Mix, Candy Matson Yukon 2-8209, The Clyde Beatty Show, The Green Llama, and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon. Assisting Joe Bevilacqua on the narrating duties, is his wife and creative partner Lorie Kellogg. With these two working together, you really don’t need anyone else. They can create more unique voices between the two of them than you can shake a radio at.(Audiobook Heaven)
Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) is a veteran radio theater producer and voice actor. A protege of Daws Butler, 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.

Early Western Swing 78s on Jazz-O-Rama

Early Western Swing 78s on Jazz-O-Rama

Link Davis
Bob Wills, Bill Boyd and Al Dexter will be among the country artists who's 78 RPM records will be heard on the this week's The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

Host Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "Early Western Swing", including:

Link Davis - Texas Swing
Milton Brown - I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal 
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Who Walks In When I Walk Out
Light Crust Doughboys - Blue Guitars
Al Dexter - Saturday Night Boogie
Crystal Spring Ramblers - Fort Worth Stomp
Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys- Ride'em Cowboy
The Tune Wranglers - El Rancho Grande
Noel Boggs & His Day Sleepers - Steelin' Home 
Light Crust Doughboys - Pussy Pussy Pussy
Red Sovine - Billy Goat Boogie
Cliffie Stone - Silver Stars
Al Dexter - New Broom Boogie
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Cowboy Stomp
Bill Boyd and the California Wranglers - Show Me The Way To Go Home


The Tune Wranglers
Link Davis was born in 1914 in Sunset, Montague County, Texas. One of eight children, he formed a trio with two of his brothers during the late '20s, playing local dances. A natural musician, Davis started out playing the fiddle and later took up the saxophone. He gravitated toward Western swing music when he turned professional and one of his earliest known steady gigs was as a member of the Crystal Springs Ramblers, a Fort Worth-based outfit with which he cut his first record in 1937.

Louis Armstrong's New Orleans,
with Wynton Marsalis:
A Joe Bev Muiscal Sound Portrait

by Joe Bevilacqua Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, Winton Marsalis, Donald Newlove, Leonard Lopate, Louis Armstrong

Length: 59 min. 

Veteran radio producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts this entertaining, informative hour, recorded in the French Quarter of New Orleans and featuring jazz great Wynton Marsalis, jazz author and historian Donald Newlove, WNYC Radio talk show host Leonard Lopate, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and others, on the origins of jazz, and the life and music of legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Also featured is the music of Armstrong throughout his long career, and rare recordings, including audio from a 1957 CBS TV documentary with Edward R. Murrow.


Milton Brown (September 7, 1903–April 18, 1936) was an American band leader and vocalist who co-founded the genre of Western swing. His band was the first to fuse hillbilly hokum, jazz, and pop together into a unique, distinctly American hybrid, thus giving him the nickname, "Father of Western Swing". The birthplace of Brown's upbeat "hot-jazz hillbilly" string band sound was developed at the Crystal Springs Dance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas from 1931 to 1936. Brown's music inspired the great string jazz musicians from Europe, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli who in 1935 formed the Hot Club de Paris quintet.

Milton Brown 
Along with Bob Wills—whom he performed with at the beginning of this career—Brown developed the sound and style of Western swing in the early 1930s; and for a while he and his band, the Musical Brownies, were more popular than Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Brown's career was cut short in 1936 when he died in a car accident, just as he was poised to break into national stardom.

James Robert Wills (March 6, 1905 – May 13, 1975), better known as Bob Wills, was an American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader. Considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing,[1][2][3] he was universally known as the King of Western Swing. Wills formed several bands and played radio stations around the South and West until he formed the Texas Playboys in 1934 with Wills on fiddle, Tommy Duncan on piano and vocals, rhythm guitarist June Whalin, tenor banjoist Johnnie Lee Wills, and Kermit Whalin, who played steel guitar and bass. The band played regularly on a Tulsa, Oklahoma radio station, and added Leon McAuliffe on steel guitar, pianist Al Stricklin, drummer Smokey Dacus, and a horn section that expanded the band's sound.

The Light Crust Doughboys are western swings longest running band spanning from 1931 to the present. Over the years ther group has had many member changes and many of the WS greats had played with them at one time or another. Their music ranged from cowboy ballads to all out hot jazz.

Woodrow Wilson Sovine (July 17, 1918 – April 4, 1980), better known as Red Sovine, was an American country music singer associated with truck driving songs, particularly those recited as narratives but set to music. The most famous example was his 1976 number one hit "Teddy Bear".

Al Dexter (May 4, 1905 – January 28, 1984) was an American country musician and songwriter. He is best known for "Pistol Packin' Mama," a 1944 hit that was one of the most popular recordings of the World War II years and later became a hit again with a cover by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters.
Al Dexter

Born into a musical Oklahoma family that had fiddled for generations, Jimmie Revard moved to Texas before he became a teenager, but honored his home state when he named his band Jimmie Revard's Oklahoma Playboys. Revard's foray into the western swing scene of 1930s Texas began at St. Mary's University and soon after, he recruited the Hofner brothers, singer/guitarist Adolph and steel guitarist Emil. The band so impressed a rep from Bluebird Records who had stopped by San Antonio to hear them that he decided to record them immediately; "Oh! Swing It" was released in October 1936. After completing his recording contract in 1940, he become a San Antonio policeman. After the war, Revard performed locally, but never made another serious attempt to record.

During his life, Noel Boggs appeared on some 2,000 recordings as a soloist, with Bob Wills, Spade Cooley, Jimmy Wakely, Hank Penny, Bill Boyd, Sheb Wooley, Les Anderson, Merle Travis, Tommy Duncan's Western All Stars and the Cass County Boys. He worked on the radio with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and the Sons of the Pioneers. He made regular television appearances with Spade Cooley and on Jimmy Wakely's television show. His motion picture work included appearances in Rhythm Roundup, Blazing the Western Trail, Lawless Empire, Frontier Frolic, Everybody's Dancin', and Out West Teenagers.

The Tune Wranglers formed in 1935, and its original membership included Buster Coward (vocals, guitar), Eddie Fielding (banjo), and Charlie Gregg (vocals, fiddle). Fielding was replaced by Joe Barnes (known as Red Brown) soon after, and around 1936 Eddie Duncan joined on steel guitar. Fiddler Leonard Seago also played with the group for a short period. They played most often in Texas and Mexico, where they received airplay on border radio stations such as WOAI and KTSA. From 1936 they recorded for Bluebird Records, both under their own name in English and under the name Tono Hombres in Spanish. In total, they recorded about 80 tunes, including a session of Hawaiian-style songs with banjoist/reeds twins Neal & Beal.

Bill Boyd and The Cowboy Ramblers became major stars on radio and were offered work in Hollywood films and Boyd eventually appeared in six Western films during the 1940s. One of his other hits was "If You'll Come Back", No. 4, Jan. 1941. For his contribution to radio, Bill 'Cowboy Rambler' Boyd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd.

Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.
Joe Bevilacqua 

Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2.

22 weeks ago, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

Monday, December 31, 2012

an encore presentation... "Deconstructing Laurel & Hardy" Special Airs Sat. Jan. 5th, 2013 on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

THIS SATURDAY, Jan. 5th, 2013

By popular demand... an encore presentation of...

Joe Bev's "Deconstructing  Laurel & Hardy" Special
on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

One-Hour Comedy-O-Rama Tribute
Mixes New Radio Theater & Classic Comedy Soundtracks

Joseph Bevilacqua and his friends

"Deconstructing Laurel & Hardy was a NEW classic and a comedy masterpiece! Simply, the best thing you two have ever done," tweeted @cult_radio (Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!) following the premiere broadcast of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour special, created by husband and wife team Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) and Lorie Kellogg.

"We have had many requests from both listeners wanted to hear the special again and fans who missed it the first time," says Bevilacqua.

The comedy hour combines audio from classic moments from Laurel & Hardy movies with a new radio theater in which "the boys" open a fix-it shop and recall their past failures as they handle a barrage of wacky customers. 

Instead, the veteran award-winning radio producer and voice actor created 
"Deconstructing Laurel & Hardy,"
airing Saturday, Jan. 5th, 2013
 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT
on Internet powerhouse
Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!
It can be heard streamed live at: h

In the new moments, full of funny sound effects and music, Joe Bev voiced not only Stan and Ollie but James Finlayson, Billy Bletcher, Edgar Kennedy and other characters including a dog. All of the females roles, including Mae Busch, were voiced by Lorie Kellogg. 

Joe as Stan in the Ellenville, NY, 4th of July Parade
with the Sons of the Desert

Along the way, listeners are treated to hilarious moments from classic Hal Roach Laurel and Hardy sound films, including:
  • Brats (1930) 
  • Blotto (1930) 
  • Towed in a Hole (1932) 
  • Sons of the Desert (1933) 
  • Them Thar Hills (1934) 
  • The Fixer Uppers (1935) 
  • Way Out West (1937) 
  • Block-Heads (1938) 
  • A Chump at Oxford (1940) 

Among the highlights of the special is when Bev inter-cuts a scene the English version of "Blotto" with the Spanish version "La vida nocturna," one of the films Laurel & Hardy spoke phonetically. First, Bev as Stan recalls the scene in which he is speaking Spanish an Ollie English. Then, Bev as Ollie recalls the same scene but with him speaking Spanish and Stan English. 

James Finlayson

Laurel and Hardy were one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy double acts of the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. Composed of thin Englishman Stan Laurel and large American Oliver Hardy, they became well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy. They made over 100 films together, initially two-reelers (short films) before expanding into feature length films in the 1930s. Their films include Sons of the Desert (1933), the Academy Award winning short film The Music Box (1932), Babes in Toyland (1934), and Way Out West (1937). Hardy's catchphrase "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" is  still widely recognized. 

Oliver Hardy

Joe Bev, who's full name is Joe Bevilacqua also hosts and produces three distinct radio hours per week, known collectively as The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block, which includes The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour and The Joe Bev Experience. 

Archived Comedy-O-Rama Hours are now podcast on iTunes at: 

Lorie Kellogg
and Joe Bevilacqua
Comedy-O-Rama Hour

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, Lewis 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. 

Lorie Kellogg is the co-producer. Kellogg started her education at the Kansas City Art Institute. There she studied painting, printmaking, photography, commercial design and video. She continued to Graduate School at the California Institute of the Arts where she received her MFA in Film/Video. Lorie is a graphic designer creating websites, logos, newsletters, newspaper & magazine layout, package design, ad design, and edits video & audio.


 "Laurel and Hardy in Knuclear Knuckleheads"

A video from Joe Bevilacqua filmed in 1987.

(Visually) Performed by Alison Nead as Oliver Hardy, Ron Willoughby as James Finlayson, and Joe Bevilacqua as Stan Laurel. Joe Bevilacqua is the voice of all three characters!

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