Saturday, August 3, 2013

Birthday Tribute to Louis Armstrong on Joe Bev's WRN Programming for the Week of August 2, 2013

"Satchmo Meets Pops" on Jazz-O-Rama, "Louis Armstrong Does Disney" on Cartoon Carnival, "Camp Waterlogg: The Animals are Revolting" on The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, "Louis Armstrong's New Orleans" on Joe Bev Experience. Free at

Three out of four of Joe Bev's Waterlogg Radio Network (WRN) podcasts this week pay tribute to Louis Armstrong, who was born August 4, 1901.

Nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, Armstrong had a long and successful career as a American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly-recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics).

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The August 2, 2013 WRN Schedule:

JAZZ-O-RAMA:The Jazz-O-Rama Hour
"Satchmo Meets Pops"
Host Joe Bev presents an hour of eraly an late recordings of Louis Armstrong, including: Willie The Weeper; Mack The Knife; Down In Honky Tonk Town; Cornet Chop Suey; Kiss Of Fire; Satchelmouth Swing; Gut Bucket Blues; C'est Si Bon; Laughin' Louie; High Society; A Kiss To Build A Dream; and On
Mahogany Hall Stomp (four versions).

Cartoon Carnival
"Louis Armstrong Does Disney"
Part one of a rare Yogi Bear cartoon (1958); Louis Armstrong does Disney; 
the premiere installment of Disney's "Wonderful World of Color," with Ludwig Von Drake (Paul Frees) and Disney himself (1961); Daws Butler demonstrates how to do Quick Draw Mc Graw and Baba Looey (1975); "Popeye in Giantland" - a rare radio show (1935); Uncle Dunkle and Donnie in "Pete the Pelican"; the conclusion of "Willoughby and the Professor Meet Bartizan the Genie" (1976).

The Comedy-O-Rama Hour
"Camp Waterlogg: The Animals are Offensive"
In this hour, Adam Maxwell (Joe Bev) from Homeland Security is at Camp Waterlogg to find Chef Ron (Jim Folly) away. Meanwhile, Sgt. Lefty, Ellis, and Andy (Joe Bev) and Olive, Elise, Aleta Mae and Lkie (Lorie Kellogg) are being tormented by the chipmunks and squirrels. Joe Bev performs in the Uncle Dunkle story "Reddy Robin and the Owl".  Bob Mils reads from "The Laughmakers" about Bob Hope. Donnie Pitchford is both Lum and Abner in more new OTR. "Willoughby and the Professor Meets Bartizan the Genie" (Joe Bev) continues. The newest "Adventures of Teaman" is heard. Meanwhile, back in 1888 at 221-B Baker Street, London, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson are continue a strange meal.

The Joe Bev Experience
"Louis Armstrong's New Orleans" with Wynton Marsalis: A Joe Bev Musical Sound Portrait
Produced and Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, with Wynton Marsalis, Donald Newlove, Leonard Lopate, Edward R. Murrow,and Louis Armstrong

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.

"Informational, polished, sound-rich, Joe Bevilacqua strikes again with this superb documentary on the life and music of Louis Armstrong. The rich tapestry of music, interviews, and sound from the streets of New Orleans is expertly produced. In addition to some rare recordings, the program includes interviews with Wynton Marsalis and others that really add to what is primarily a music program, rather than detract from the focus of the program. The sound quality is excellent, and the vintage recordings have been cleaned up well. The program is both entertaining and informative, and held my interest for the entire hour. I highly recommend it." (Phil Corriveau, Wisconsin Public Radio)

Upcoming WRN Schedule:

Friday, August 10, 2013

The Jazz-O-Rama Hour:  "Rahsaan Roland Kirk's Early LPs" (Kirk was born August 7, 1935)
Cartoon Carnival: "This Here is Your Life, Stan Freberg"  (born Stanley Friberg; August 7, 1926)
The Comedy-O-Rama Hour: "Camp Waterlogg-A-Go-Go! Ask Dimitri" with guest star Rick Overton (born August 10, 1954)
The Joe Bev Experience: "Yabba Dabba Doo! Chapter 1 & Scenes from the Daws Butler Workshop #15"

Friday, August 17, 2013

The Jazz-O-Rama Hour:  "Open the Door, Richard: The 78s of Count Basie" (born August 21, 1904)
Cartoon Carnival: "An Interview with Friz Freleng" (born August 21, 1905)
The Comedy-O-Rama Hour: "Camp Waterlogg-A-Go-Go! To Julie Newmar, With Love, Ellis" with special guest star Julie Newmar (born August 16, 1933)
The Joe Bev Experience: "Bob Campett's Time for Beany part 1"

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