Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cartoon Carnival Review!


Radio cartoons?

BY:  16 MAY 2010 5 COMMENTS
If you think old time radio is a thing of the past, think again.
While the “old time radio” label doesn't exactly fit the new programs available (for obvious reasons), there are still a lot of individuals and companies dedicated to the notion that there’s room for exclusively audio entertainment. While entertainers prominent during the Golden Age of Radio – that era that lasted from the early 1920s through the 1950s when televisions took over as the primary source of broadcast entertainment – have achieved legendary status over the years, there are a good number of groups and individuals who still write and produce comedies, dramas, historical broadcasts and other programs that cater to the tastes of a wide range of listeners.
Some of those new programs can be found on National Public Radio (NPR) stations around the United States while others are broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. Other programs are distributed through Internet radio stations, the Internet sites of independent operators dedicated to making their work available to the public and through other places on the Internet.
Here at First Arkansas News, a fair amount of space has been dedicated to old time radio programs and you can count on more posts centered on OTR in the future. Still, there’s plenty of room here for new programs and you can count on seeing some information about that form of entertainment from time to time.
You can expect, then, to see several articles in the months to come covering some of those new programs and the individuals and organizations responsible for them. That series kicks off here and now with a profile of Joe Bevilacqua, a self-described actor, biographer, director, documentarian, dramatist, radio historian, teacher and writer.
The term “jack of all trades” comes to mind, and it certainly fits Bevilacqua. He’s started dabbling with voice acting when he was 12-years-old, developing the Willaby and the Professor (renamed Willoughby and the Professor) series which still figures into his work as a voice actor and producer today.
Through the Willoughby series, Bevilacqua started producing what he describes as “radio cartoons” – episodes featuring comedic scripts, voices and even music common to cartoon programs. His interest in developing those programs prompted him to send a letter to Daws Butler – the voice of Hannah-Barbera cartoon characters such as Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear and Quick Draw McGraw – featuring some of his drawings and asking for advice on how to break into the cartoon business.
“He wrote back a very discouraging letter,” Bevilacqua said. “He said the business is too hard … and advised me to stay home in New Jersey and open a sign painting shop.”
Bevilacqua, who was 15-years-old at the time, responded by sending Butler a 120-minute tape of his voice acting for the Willoughby characters. Butler, in return, sent him a tape on which he demonstrated how to do cartoon voices. The back-and-forth resulted in Butler effectively mentoring Bevilacqua.
Bevilacqua said that arrangement helped him forge the career he has today, adding that being able to witness Butler at work doing things like adding voices to The Jetsons gave the budding voice actor an invaluable education.
That training shows up in one of Bevilacqua’s Cartoon Carinval series, which he describes as a the world’s first radio cartoon show. The one-hour show – which appears on the Shokus Internet Radio Network and a few National Public Radio stations in the country – features cartoon music, Bevilacqua (who goes by “Joe Bev” during the broadcasts) providing voices for original material such asWilloughby and the Professor and imitating vintage cartoon characters such as Popeye and Yogi Bear.
Bevilacqua said he had produced the show for XM Radio in the past and said he will have soon have some more programming on XM – a network that is a natural for such audio entertainment as the station caters to niche programming and his audio cartoon work certainly falls into that realm.
XM, he added, is a boon to people in the audio entertainment field. A typical radio station’s signal only carries so far, but satellite radio expands around the nation – you might only have a few fans of a particular niche in a community, but that fan base becomes very large and of interest to commercial enterprises when the market becomes global rather than regional.
The same, Bevilacqua said, is true of the Internet – the potential to reach fans through the Web is staggering.
Regardless, he said that radio figures prominently in his plans. Bevilacqua has worked in public radio and has convinced a few NPR stations – such as KITC 106.5 FM in Gilchrist, Ore., and Wisconsin Public Radio WGTD HD3 – to carry his program and is in the process of visiting with more public stations.
Bevilacqua quipped that he’s been more involved in the production end of things than marketing, but believes he’ll be in a position to soon shift gears and expand his programming to other parts of the country.
He added that his programs can always be heard on the Internet at
Cartoon Carnival is just the tip of the ice burg when it comes to Bevilacqua’s activities. He’s produced original comedy and drama series and has been hard at work on a series documenting the history of old time radio featuring voices of those famed actors of yesteryear (many of which are characterized by Bevilacqua) and, well, just a lot of stuff – visit his site at for more information.
Ultimately, Bevilacqua said he hopes he provides some diversion to people who are looking for a break from the typical bad political, economic and international news of the day.
“I want people to smile when they listen to my show,” he said.
About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Joe Bev Experience #23: "Aliens, Robots, and Willoughby & the Professor Meet the Prisoner"

"The Prisoner"
Saturday January 12
4:30 pm ET
on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

Joe Bev presents original radio drama and comedy. The Joe Bev Experience is part of "The Joe Bev 3-hour Block", which follows The Comedy-O-Rama Hour & The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

Joe Bev's childhood creations Willoughby and the Professor meet aliens, robots and the Prisoner will be heard on the 23nd edition of The Joe Bev Experience airing Saturday, January 12 at 4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm 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 2:30 pm ET).

Joe Bev, who's full name is Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) provides all the voices for a new Willoughby and the Professor story "Squidge Attack" and an encore story in which the duo meet Number 6, from the classic 1960s TV series "The Prisoner".

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Willoughby and the Professor is epic science-fiction fantasy comedy, in the Monty Python/Terry Gilliam vein, about a boy and his professor who travel willy-nilly across time and space in a failed attempt to ''cure the world of all its ills''. Produced, directed, and voiced by Joe Bevilacqua, with David Garland and Margaret Juntwait, written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa, theme music by David Garland, musical numbers written by Joe Bevilacqua, performed by the Paul Salomone Trio with Paul on piano, Ed Fuqua on bass, and Jim Mason on drums. Bevilacqua first created the characters after his father bought him a Panasonic cassette recorder in 1971 when he was 12 years old.

The hour of radio theater also includes "The Crashed Martian," "The Hypersensor," "The Best Robot," and Robot with a Malfunction" written by Pedro Pablo Sacristan and voice by Joe Bev and Lorie Kellogg.

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).

What the Critics Say:
"Descendents of Laurel and Hardy and Holmes and Watson, among others, Willoughby and the Professor bring radio listeners along on a series of adventures, often in exotic lands and always in the more exotic land of the imagination. Judging from the hundreds of letters WNYC Radio has received about 'Willoughby,' a couple of characters who can go anywhere in the world while remaining inside the listener's radio and head is just the ticket." (David Hinckley, New York Daily News)
"There's not a whole lot of comedy on radio these days. We chose to add 'Willoughby and the Professor' to our Contemporary Radio Humor collection because it is unique. One person does all the voices. Bevilacqua was a student of Daws Butler, a master of cartoon voices. It is a very interesting program." (Ken Mueller, Radio Manager, The Museum of Television and Radio)
"13,000 Roaches in a Box. For most artists working in radio theatre, the projects tend to be group efforts, with actors, a producer and director, writers, engineers, and sound effects personal. But Joe Bevilacqua is producing a successful radio theatre series almost single-handedly. The great part about radio theatre is you can portray 'any subject in any location in any circumstance, from another part of the world to the past to another dimension. you can create a whole world unto itself'. For example, in one episode, there was a box full of 13,000 roaches and, through a mishap, the box exploded. Even in TV or film, Bevilacqua asks, how could you have 13,000 roaches raining down?" (Amy Hersh, Backstage) 
"'The Willoughby and the Professor' radio cartoon series... part of the 'Contemporary Radio Humor" series at the Museum of Television and Radio, along with works of Stan Freberg, Bob and Ray and other innovators. The globe-hopping adventures of Willoughby and his professorial companion aired on WNYC Radio, produced by Joe Bevilacqua who also did all the voices..." (Paul D .Colford, New York Newsday)

The Whithering of Willoughby and the Professor: Their Ways in the Worlds 
The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour Volume Three
by Joe Bevilacqua
Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua
Length: 8 hours
& 8 min.
This is epic science-fiction fantasy comedy, in the Monty Python/Terry Gilliam vein, about a boy and his professor who travel willy-nilly across time and space in a failed attempt to ''cure the world of all its ills''. Produced, directed, and voiced by Joe Bevilacqua, with David Garland and Margaret Juntwait, written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa, theme music by David Garland, musical numbers written by Joe Bevilacqua, performed by the Paul Salomone Trio with Paul on piano, Ed Fuqua on bass, and Jim Mason on drums.

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The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series first broadcast in the UK from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan, it combined spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory, and psychological drama. 

The series follows a British former secret agent who is held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job. Although sold as a thriller in the mold of the previous series starring McGoohan, Danger Man (1960-68), the show's combination of 1960s counter-cultural themes and surreal setting had a far-reaching effect on science fiction/fantasy programming, and on popular culture in general.

Joe Bev
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.

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Tito Puente 78s on Jazz-O-Rama Saturday January 12 3:30 pm ET on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

"The 78 Records
of Tito Puente"
on The Jazz-O-Rama Hour,
part of "The Joe Bev 3-hour Block" 

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Early Latin Jazz will fill the air when the 78 RPM records of Tito Puente will be heard on the 27th edition of Joe Bev's Jazz-O-Rama Hour airing this Saturday, January 12 - 3:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm PT, on Internet radio powerhouse Cult Radio-A-Go-Go! (

This Saturday Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "The 78 Records of Tito Puente", including:

  1. Mambo Rama
  2. Pare Cochero
  3. El mambo diablo
  4. Cuban Nightingale
  5. Coco May May
  6. Coco Seco
  7. Babarabatiri
  8. Bam Baram Bam
  9. A Burujon Punao
  10. Mambo Macoco
  11. Titos Mambo
  12. Mambo Gallego
  13. Mangue
  14. Goza Mi Cha Cha Cha
  15. Abaniquito
  16. El Rey Del Timbal
  17. Tito's Merengue

Born in Spanish Harlem to parents from Puerto Rico, Tito Puente would eventually become a legendary musician of Latin-jazz, and dance-oriented mambo compositions. Over his 50 year career Puente released or appeared on a vast catalog of albums (notably Dance Mania in 1958), on television (The Cosby Show and The Simpsons) and in films (The Mambo Kings). His talent and skill allowed him to explore numerous musical styles within Latin-jazz including mambo, son cubano, cha-cha-cha, and bossa nova. He won numerous Grammy awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given posthumously in 2003.

Latin jazz is jazz with Latin American rhythms. Although musicians continually expand its parameters, the term Latin jazz is generally understood to have a more specific meaning than simply jazz from Latin America. A more precise term might be Afro-Latin jazz, as the jazz sub-genre typically employs rhythms that either have a direct analog in Africa, or exhibit an African influence. The two main categories of Latin jazz are: Afro-Cuban jazz—jazz rhythmically based on clave, often with a rhythm section employing ostinato patterns from Cuban popular dance music; and Afro-Brazilian jazz—includes bossa nova and jazz samba.

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.


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.


Joe Bev in his natural environment- the kitchen.
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.

"The Hobbit" Comes to The Comedy-O-Rama Hour Saturday, January 12, at 2:30 pm ET on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

Jim Folly & Kenny Savoy return to Camp Waterlogg 
on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!
Comedy-O-Rama parody
of Martin Freeman in the Hobbit 

This Saturday, January 12, at 2:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT, "The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block" will include radio comedy, classic jazz and radio drama, starting with The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, then The Jazz-O-Rama Hour and The Joe Bev Experience following. Listen online for free at

First, "The Hobbit" is parodied on The Comedy-O-Rama Hour: Camp Waterlogg-A-Go-Go! "Andy in the Underground, Stinky in the Cheese."

During the hour radio theater comedy, Sgt. Lefty, Ellis, Adam, and Woody take Andy (all voiced by Joe Bevilacqua) on a hike in the woods. The scenes were improvised and recorded in stereo by Bevilacqua in the actual snow covered woods behind his home in the Catskills.

Rats are part of the camp
While hiking, Andy falls down a hole, lands in Middle Earth and plays cards with the Baby of the Woods, Golum, and Bilbo Baggins (all voiced by Lorie Kellogg). Andy wins the game and the ring and becomes the Lord of the Rings and invisible.

Meanwhile, Elise, Mrs. Terwilliger, Olive, Courtney and Lkie (all voiced by Lorie Kellogg) plan a surprise party, and Chef Ron accidentally abandons Stinky Peter at Marcello and Luigi's cheese shop.


The Camp Waterlogg Chronicles 1:
"The Camp Waterlogg Offensive"

by Joe Bevilacqua , Lorie Kellogg , Pedro Pablo Sacristan Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, Kenny Savoy, Jim Folly
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
Six one-hour comic misadventures of Sgt. Lefty, Olive Pitts, Ellis the Boatkeeper, Squeaky Lkie, Stinky Peter, Mrs. Terwilliger and all the wacky denizens of Camp Waterlogg, the dilapidated Catskills kids camp. The creation of husband and wife team Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) and Lorie Kellogg, The Comedy-O-Rama Hour has evolved since its successful run on Sirius XM Radio into a wacky mix of family-friendly humor, radio theater, audio cartoons, and improvisation.
The Camp Waterlogg Chronicles 1 includes:
"Cupid Comes to Camp Waterlogg" part 1
"Cupid Comes to Camp Waterlogg" part 2
"Homeland Security Comes to Camp Waterlogg"
"Camp Waterlogg, Bon Appetite"
"The Camp Waterlogg Offensive"
"Camp Waterlogg: The Animals Are Revolting"


Jim Folly as Chef Ron
The hour also includes Jim Folly as Marcello and Chef Ron, and Kenny Savoy as Luigi and Stinky, and the story "Chess of Many Colors" by Pedro Pablo Sacristan, voiced by Kellogg and Bevilacqua.

Bilbo Baggins is the title character and protagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit, as well as a supporting character in The Lord of the Rings. In Tolkien's narrative conceit, in which all the writings of Middle-earth are translations from the fictitious volume of The Red Book of Westmarch, Bilbo is the author of The Hobbit and translator of various "works from the elvish" (as mentioned in the end of The Return of the King). The latest film adaption by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is currently in movie theaters, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Kenny Savoy as Stinky Peter

Now in its 44th week on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go! (and its 104th since 2002 including the Sirius XM broadcasts), The Comedy-O-Rama Hour is produced by Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev).

Lorie Kellogg & Joe Bevilacqua

The couple have been working together since they met in 1996. They recently toured with their Vaudeville in the Catskills stage show, in which they performed "Lambchops" the classic Burns and Allen comedy routine, and Bev MCd and performed the classic Abbott and Costello routine Who's On First? with Bob Greenberg. A second tour is planned for 2013 (TBA). 

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