Sunday, June 7, 2015

Joe Bev dedicates two podcasts the late Margaret Juntwait




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Joe Bev dedicates two podcasts 
the late Margaret Juntwait
I first met Margaret Juntwait in 1991. She came to WNYC as a volunteer. She cataloged records and CDs and helped in other ways as need. I was the Senior Radio Publicist and also produced holiday specials and occasional radio plays.

One day, Margaret came to me while I was voicing a station promo and asked if I would train her on radio voice and microphone techniques. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music and would like to be on air, but she had never been before a mike.

I immediately saw something special in Margaret, a rare combination of intelligence, kindness and true beauty inside and out... so I said yes.

We worked together for several months and I started letting Margaret voice some of the promos I was working on with then WNYC promotions wizard Mark Maben.

Next, she was hired by John Schaefer as his assistant on New Sounds, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Margaret went on to be the host of WNYC's Midday Music, and later, Evening Music. In December 2004, she was hired by the Metropolitan Opera to be the first woman to host the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts.

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My very good long-time friend and colleague left us last week, after a long battle with cancer. Having just recovered from my own cancer battle myself, the loss of this amazing person is even more striking to me. I miss her deeply and am heart-broken.

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One last story. Just before I resigned from WNYC in 1995, I was producing my Willoughby and the Professor radio theater, co-written with Robert J. Cirasa, which David Garland was kind enough to air on his Evening Music show, on WNYC-FM, the first Wednesday of every month. These surreal satires developed a cult following and were even featured in a two page article in the New York Daily News by David Hinckley and were part of a Museum of TV & Radio exhibit.



For the first 15 Willoughby installments, I voice acted all the roles, even the women. The result was funny and cartoony. But the scripts were getting more serious as I invested myself more in the bizarre  world I had dreamed up.

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Episode 16 evolved into a nightmarish take-off on the 1960s TV classic The Prisoner. Episode 17 became an epic Greek god sea adventure.

Somehow, a man voicing the women roles did not seem appropriate to the tone I was trying to achieve.

In stepped Margaret Juntwait, who not only voicing the women roles in these two plays, but doing each in a different dialect: French, German, British, Swedish and Greek.
You can hear Margaret's opera like performances on two of my latest podcasts: The Joe Bev Hour Sunday Edition and The Joe Bev Audio Theater.

It is my way of paying tribute to this wonderful woman. I am proud that I had a very small part in her success.

Best to you all,
Joe Bev




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                 Ghost Stories: 2 Creepy Tales Ghost Stories: 2 Creepy Tales Written by: Pennie Mae Cartawick  Narrated by:  Joseph Bevilacqua & Lorie Kellogg Length: 53 mins UNABRIDGED. An enhanced audiobook, with complete music score and extensive sound effects to add to your listening experience. SILENCE BE DAMNED.   This narrative is a disturbing, nightmarish tale of a lady named Lydia and her journey through a busy subway train station when things quickly begin to change. Something menacing awaits down there, A monstrous and punishing supernatural force that comes to life, but be warned, this story is not for the faint of heart. Leo peered up at her, eyebrows raised. Lydia. What's wrong? She kept screaming over and over. You're...you're bleeding... Lydia felt her hands balling involuntarily into fists, and she felt a new round of screaming building inside her. Leo glanced down at his shirt. His eyes grew as large as dinner plates. Oh my God....what is that? THE EXCHANGE.  A ghostly tale of a boy that moves to a new house with her mom and sister, his father had recently died. He encounters a small girl in the playground up the street where he lives and then the spine tingling terror begins.... Luke walked up to the girl in the playground and asked, "Why aren't you swinging? The girl looked at him and said nothing for a minute. He was struck by the darkness of her irises, which were almost impossible to distinguish from her blacker-than-black pupils. He swallowed. He was about to turn away when she said, I was swinging, but I don't swing any more. 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. 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)  © 2014 by Joe Bevilacqua, Waterlogg Productions

The Whithering of Willoughby and the Professor:
Their Ways in the Worlds #2






These are the further misadventures of the pertinacious professor and his perky partner who pucker around the globe and through time and space, in a vain attempt to “cure the world of all its ills.” This second set of imaginative, sound-effect-rich audio cartoons, produced, directed, and voiced by veteran, award-winning radio theater artist Joe Bevilacqua, with announcing by David Garland (WNYC, WQXR) and a special guest appearance by Margaret Juntwait (the Metropolitan Opera), includes

1. “You’re a God, Apollo Jacques! or Boys Don’t Have Feats” – the seventeenth and final episode in the NPR/Sirius XM Satellite series
2. “Willoughby and the Professor Meet Willaby and the Professor” – improvisations heard on Joe Bev’s Cartoon Carnival radio show
3. “The Squidge Attack” – a short story, part of Pedro’s Fables
4. “The Incompetent Genie” – a short story, part of Pedro’s Fables
5. “Willoughby and the Professor Meet the Godfather” – an early prototype improvisation
6.“Willoughby and the Professor Go to Hollywood” – an early prototype improvisation
7.“Science-O-Rama” – the soundtracks to the first seven Popular Science magazine videos, animated by Lorie Kellogg
8.“Dimension X Revisited, or Willoughby Goes and Gets It” – a new radio theater based on the short story appearing in the book It’s That Time Again: The New Stories of Old Time Radio


© 2014 by Joe Bevilacqua, Waterlogg Productions


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Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev, is primarily known as a radio theater dramatist, but his career has taken him into every aspect of show business, including stage, film, and television, as a producer, director, writer, actor, and even cartoonist. In 1971 his father bought him a cassette recorder, on which he created his first audio story, Willoughby and the Professor, acting all the voices himself at the age of twelve. In 1975 Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many other Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward cartoon characters, dubbed himself Bevilacqua’s personal mentor after hearing a 120-minute cassette of Willoughby improvisations. Since 1980 Bevilacqua has produced many award-winning radio programs for National Public Radio, Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, and others.
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