Monday, March 16, 2015

The J-OTR Show with Joe Bev "Dimension X Meets Willoughby and the Professor"





The J-OTR Show with Joe Bev

"Dimension X Meets Willoughby and the Professor"

The J-OTR Show is a series of hour long mash-ups of old and new time radio, hosted, written, produced, directed, and voiced by veteran award-winning radio theater wizard Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev).


Willoughbys: 
35-years Apart”
Joe's history of his Willoughby characters

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Joe Bev  and Walter puppet
designed by Craig Marin of Flexitoon
This time, guest host Walter Cockeyed (Joe Bev) presents the third of 12 "March is Science and Science Fiction Month on BearManor Radio" specials:

"A Logic named Joe" - Dimension X (episode #13), originally broadcast on NBC Radio, July 1, 1950, based on the science fiction short story by Murray Leinster, first published in the March 1946 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.


"A Box in the Dark... or... Dead Men Do Not Groan" - Willoughby and the Professor (episode #12) by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa


BearManor Radio program director Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) and BMR tor guide Professor Ludwig Von Watchmacallit (Fred Frees) have separately blasted into outer space to bring  listeners 12 hours of March is "Science and Science Fiction Month" shows. (See complete schedule below.)

Dimension X was an NBC radio program broadcast on a sustaining basis from April 8, 1950 to September 29, 1951. The first 13 episodes were broadcast live, and the remainder were pre-recorded. Fred Wiehe and Edward King were the directors, and Norman Rose was heard as both announcer and narrator (his famous opening: "Adventures in time and space... told in future tense..."). With a five-month hiatus from January 1951 to June 1951, the series spanned 17 months. All 50 episodes of the series survived and can be heard today. Later, NBC's X Minus One (1955–58) utilized many of the same actors and scripts.


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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".

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.
Willoughby
& The Professor

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)


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"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)



First up, its:

1. The Voice Actor Show with Joe Bev
Guest Janet Waldo
Judy Jetson herself, Janet Waldo, joins noted fictional newsman Walter Cockeyed (substituting for Joe Bev while he is in "outer space") for a tribute to Hanna-Barbera's "The Jetsons",  plus a Blast from the Past: "The Jetsons: Jet Screamer" premiere episode from the Colpix LP.

Coming soon! More March is "Science and Science Fiction Month" on The Bear Manor Radio Network shows:

2. Lorie's Book Nook with Lorie Kellogg
Guest Eric Niderost, author of Sonnets & Sunspots: "Dr. Research Baxter and the Bell Science Films"
Blast from the Past: Dr. Research on "The Burns and Allen Show"

3. The J-OTR Show with Joe Bev
"Dimension X Meets Willoughby and the Professor"


4. Fred Frees Favorites
From the movie Flash Gordon
Chapters 1 of
Scott Viguie's Doctor Geek's Laboratory of Applied Geekdom.
and Sonnets & Sunspots: "Dr. Research Baxter and the Bell Science Films" by Eric Niderost

5. Aroma Thyme Radio with Chef Marcus Guiliano
"The Science and Science Fiction of Food"

6. Audio Classics Archive with Terry Salomonson
"Buck Rogers Meets Flash Gordon"

7. A Comedy-O-Rama Special
"Joe Bev in Outer Space"

8. The Jazz-O-Rama Hour with Joe Bev
"Jazz-O-Rama Goes to Outer Space"

9. Cartoon Carnival with Joe Bev
"Cartoon Carnival Explorers Outer Space"

Then, back down to earth for...
Flash Gordon

*10. Movies on the Radio with Bryan Hendrickson
The Lux Radio Theater: "It Happened One Night"

11. The Lost OTR Show with Joe Bev
Cisco Kid #32 "Valley of Hunted Men"
Cisco Kid #34 Professor "Howard's Hobby"

12. Mid-Atantic Nostalgia Convention Celebrity Interviews
Author Jim Rosin talks about the classic television show "Adventures in Paradise"

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