Thursday, July 9, 2015

Audio Classics Archive with Terry Salomonson ---> Popeye on the Radio #3


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Audio Classics Archive
with Terry Salomonson

Popeye on the Radio #3

Popeye on the Radio:
Popeye Goes to the Circus, Popeye Meets Robin Hood,
     Popeye Meets a Giant (1936)


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Popeye Movie Medley -
     Radio Popeye Floyd Buckley with Olive Oyl and Orchestra

     Popeye the Sailor Man - Billy Murray (1931)

The Popeye radio program was broadcast over three different networks by two sponsors from 1935 to 1938. Wheatena hot cereal first sponsored the show on September 10, 1935 thru March 28, 1936. 87 episodes aired on the NBC Red Network on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights at 7:15pm. Wheatena reportedly paid King Features Syndicate $1,200 per week for the rights to the sailor. The show followed Amos & Andy, one of the most listened to programs in radio history. This desirable lead-in gave Popeye a ready-made audience in prime time. It was also quite unusual and more expensive for a kid's show to be programmed in an evening time slot. A majority of children's episodic programming of the day was broadcast in the cheaper late afternoon for the after-school crowd.
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Detmar Poppen, a Broadway veteran of light musicals, played Popeye. On the surface, this appeared to be error in casting. Poppen's impression of the squint-eyed sailor was only vaguely reminiscent of the familiar cartoon voices of Billy Costello or Jack Mercer. But apparently, Wheatena put so much money into the broadcast rights paid to KFS and into leasing national airtime thru the NBC-WEAF Network that their remaining budget did not afford them enough money to contract with Mercer or Mae Questel who voiced Olive Oyl in the cartoons.

Olive Lamoy played Olive Oyl and Charles Lawrence voiced Wimpy in the shows. These Broadway veterans were also somewhat inept at recreating their screen counterparts. Child actor Jimmy Donnelly


rounded out the cast as Matey the Newsboy. Matey was a non-Segar character who filled in as a poor substitute for Swee'pea (whose limited vocabulary tended not to work well on radio). One especially redeeming quality of the show was the wonderful music of Victor Erwin and his Cartoonland Band, whose orchestra also performed on the Fleischer cartoons. A live orchestra was also an extravagant expense for Wheatena and is virtually unheard of in typical children's radio programs.


Apparently as a cost saving measure for the second season, Wheatena moved the broadcast to another network. CBS aired the program from August 31, 1936 to February 26, 1937 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7:15pm. Floyd Buckley, a silent screen actor, replaced Detmar Poppen to voice Popeye in 78 episodes. Otherwise the cast was unchanged. Once again, reference to spinach was conspicuously absent. Popeye's familiar refrain from the Sammy Lerner theme song was altered to say: "Wheatena's me diet, I ax ya to try it, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man!"


Unlike other popular kids programming of the day like Little Orphan Annie and Jack Armstrong which pitched free mail-in offers regularly, Popeye radio premium offers were scarce. Wheatena did produce three nice enamel lapel pins of Popeye, Olive and Wimpy, available for boxtops mailed to their plant in Rahway NJ. The pins are relatively plentiful today, suggesting response to the offer was strong.

Wheatena decided that they would not renew their sponsorship for a third season of the Popeye Radio Show when King Features' asking price for the broadcast rights to the character was raised well beyond what the New Jersey-based company felt was fair and profitable.


But a year later in the Spring of 1938, Joe Lowe Corporation's Popsicle, Fudgsicle and Creamsicle advertising signs began springing up at retail outlets proclaiming "Listen for Popeye on the Radio after May 1st." CBS again aired the show from May 2, 1938 thru July 29, 1938 on three nights a week for 15 minutes at 6:15pm. Because of its brief run, references to who played Popeye and other enlightening background information is still elusive, outside of the fact Popsicle sponsored 39 episodes. Kids who saved Joe Lowe brand frozen confection product wrappers could exchange them for store items, such as the Popeye Pipe Toss game, the Bubble Pipe set, the harmonica, Jeep and Popeye figurines, as well as other neat toys.

The Popeye Radio Show was definitely targeted to young kids. While there is little to recommend the show to adult audiences today, just the idea of Popeye on the radio is extremely intriguing. As a result, Wheatena and Popsicle advertising items promoting the show are earnestly sought by collectors of both radio and comic character genres.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Joseph Bevilacqua's acting career is documented on the Internet Movie Database!

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Joseph K. Bevilacqua


Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev is primarily known as a radio theater dramatist. However, 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, Bevilacqua's father bought him a cassette recorder, on which is created his first ...See full bio »
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Filmography

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 2015Redrum (TV Series)
Terry King
Families and Foes (2015) ... Terry King
 2015The Haunting Of (TV Series)
Alan Ladd
Jordan Ladd (2015) ... Alan Ladd
 2015Untitled HBO/Rock 'N' Roll Project (TV Series)
Rabbi
Episode #1.4 (2015) ... Rabbi
 2014Boardwalk Empire (TV Series)
David Sarnoff
Eldorado (2014) ... David Sarnoff
 2014The Fly Room
Uncle Dwight
 2014John Wick
Man on Bus Reading the New York Times (uncredited)
 2014The World Wars (TV Mini-Series)
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
Never Surrender (2014) ... Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
 2014Hits
Angry Townsperson (uncredited)
 2014Cold in July
Coroner (uncredited)
 2014The Better Angels
Lawyer (as Joe Bevilacqua)
 2013Greatest Mysteries (TV Series documentary)
General Smedley Butler
White House ... General Smedley Butler
 2013Deadly Devotion (TV Series)
IRS Agent
Mormon Splinter Cult (2013) ... IRS Agent


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

LATEST WATERLOGG PRODUCTION AUDIO BOOKS OUT NOW EVERYWHERE!



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The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
(audiobook)

By William Shakespeare
Adapted, produced, and directed by Joe Bevilacqua
Performed by a full cast
4.2 hrs • 4 CDs • Audio Theater 
Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts 
Release Date: 07/07/15 
℗ 2015 by Joe Bevilacqua, Waterlogg Productions





The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is instructed to enact on his uncle Claudius. Claudius had murdered his own brother, Hamlet's father, and subsequently seized the throne, marrying his deceased brother's widow, Gertrude.




Casting Kean faculty and students, and portraying the melancholy
Danish prince himself, Bevilacqua not only completed his nearly four-hour radio adaption of Shakespeare's greatest work, he did so while carrying a double major; producing, acting in, and sometimes writing radio plays for the WKNJ Radio Theater he founded at the college station; rehearsing and portraying Dr. Martn Dysart in Equus on the Kean Stage; and working twenty hours per week at Kean's Writing and Math Lab. After graduating, Bevilacqua saw his production of Hamlet picked up and distributed by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) and aired on public radio stations nationwide.
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 and the Camp Waterlogg Summer Freeze Special,
Stinky in Winterland



The Joe Bev Holiday Treat is a joyful and surprising one-hour compilation of Christmas themed stories—some true, some fictional—hosted by veteran public radio producer Joe Bevilacqua.
The stories included are “Sleepy Santa,” “The Christmas I Saved Macy’s,” “Sherlock Holmes’ Creepy Christmas in Scotland,” “A Rockabilly Christmas,” and “Willoughby and the Professor Spend Christmas in the Middle East.”

The Camp Waterlogg Summer Freeze Special: Stinky in Winterland is The Wizard of Oz meets The Little Rascals when a freak summer blizzard hits Camp Waterlogg, leaving poor arts and crafts counselor Olive Pitts, Sgt. Left, Chef Ron, Rasta-Lasta (the new music instructor), and twenty-seven camp kids trapped in the Abner Bibberman Memorial Barn.
Comedy-O-Rama Variety Pack Too! More Audio Theater from 
Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg



Produced by Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg
Featuring full-cast productions of works by Joe Bevilacqua, Daws Butler, Lorie Kellogg, Mitchell Pearson, Emmanuel Adeleye, and Charlie Morrow
5.9 hrs • 5 CDs • Audio Theater 
Fiction/Humor 
Release Date: 07/07/15 
℗ 2015 by Joe Bevilacqua, Waterlogg Productions


This collection from husband-wife team Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg includes five audio programs—over six hours of audio entertainment!

1. A Waterlogg Double Feature: The Joe Bev Holiday Treat and The Camp Waterlogg Summer Freeze Special: Stinky in Winterland
2. The Adventures of Tea Man: More of The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, Vol. 5
3. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins: A Radio Adaptation from the Voice of Yogi Bear!
4. The Ology of Isms: A Nigerian Twist on The Emperor’s New Clothes
5. Trouble in Simuland: A Joe Bev Audio Theater
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins:

A Radio Adaptation from the Voice of Yogi Bear!





Don’t miss this never before released recording of the Dr. Seuss story, dramatized for radio and directed by Daws Butler! Performed by Daws Butler and his sons, Chas and Don Butler, this radio play was produced by veteran award-winning producer Joe Bevilacqua, who talks with Daws’ sons before the play.


Daws Butler was the master of voice. His was the voice behind most of the classic Hanna-Barbera characters: Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quickdraw McGraw, Elroy Jetson, and a hundred others. He also originated the vocal character of Cap’n Crunch and other famous Jay Ward cartoon characters. His significant work with Stan Freberg in the 1950s on The Stan Freberg Show and multimillion-selling records such as “St. George and the Dragonet” are still held in reverence today. He also ran a voice acting workshop for many years. Among his many successful students are Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, and Corey Burton, from Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind.

The Ology of Isms:

A Nigerian Twist on The Emperor’s New Clothes



The Ology of Isms is a Nigerian twist on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” written by Nigerian playwright Emmanuel Adeleye. This radio theater production is produced by Joe Bevilacqua and features sound effects, music, and a full cast.

Trouble in Simuland:
A Joe Bev Audio Theater








This comic futuristic nightmare finds Ned Nardly using his new theme park for his own evil purposes. Featuring a full cast, produced with sound effects and music by veteran award-winning radio theater producer Joe Bevilacqua, and written and directed by Charlie Morrow, this radio play originally aired as part of WBAI Radio's 99.5% Perfect Players. It has since aired on NPR, Sirius-XM Radio, and other radio stations and podcasts worldwide.
Cancer Cabbie Chronicles
A diagnosis of cancer is never welcomed by anyone. But for veteran radio producer Joe Bevilacqua, his diagnosis had a silver lining. He struck up an unexpected friendship with the cab driver who took him to his radiation treatments, a Chilean immigrant named Patrick Nilo (owner of CJ Cabs, Ellenville, New York) who came to the United States in 1973. We go for a ride with them.

The Best of Chatting Up a Storm: Interviews with Claudia Cragg
Russell Banks, Garrison Keillor, and Dave Isay are among those heard on Chatting Up a Storm, Vol. 1, a distillation of the best broadcast interviews by journalist Claudia Cragg, with thinkers, authors, and change-makers from the United States and around the world.


Welcome, Foolish Mortals, Revised Edition: The Life and Voices of Paul Frees




He was Disney's Haunted Mansion Ghost Host, Boris Badenov, Professor Ludwig von Drake, Pillsbury Dougboy, Toucan Sam, the Green Lama, and thousands of voices you have heard on records, radio, and television and in films. He was voice acting genius Paul Frees.

The Camp Waterlogg Chronicles 11:
"Firesign Gets (Camp) Waterlogged":
The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama



 
Firesign Theatre's David Ossman (as George Tirebiter), comedy legend Shelley Berman, and former SNL comedian Senator Al Franken join the cast of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour for another six misadventures of Sgt. Lefty, Ellis da Boatkeeper, Adam Maxwell, Andy, and Woody (all voiced by Joe Bev); Olive Pitts, Ellis, Mrs. Terwilliger, and Lkie (all voiced by Lorie Kellogg); Ron Drysdale and Jimmy (both voiced by James Folly). 






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