Joe Bevilacqua

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Joseph Bevilacqua, February 2013

Joe Bevilacqua (born January 2, 1959) is an American actor, voice actor, producer, director, author, dramatist, humorist, cartoonist, and documentarian.


Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev, is a public radio producer and 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, author, actor, journalist, documentarian, and even cartoonist.

As of 2016, "Joe Bev" produces five weekly podcasts also heard of over 100 public radio stations, each hour a different format: comedy, drama, jazz, cartoons, and interview, and has created over 300 audio titles distributed by Blackstone Audio.

He also hosts a weekly live music radio program broadcast over 103.7 FM WPWP Pawling Public Radio located in Pawling New York. The first hour, Bev devoted to classic rock. The second hour classic jazz, the third restored 78 RPM records.

Early life[edit]

Bevilacqua was born on January 2, 1959 in Newark, New Jersey, the son of a policeman, Joseph Bevilacqua Sr., and a housewife, the former Joan Kvidahl. Bevilacqua began performing as a child. His family moved to Iselin, New Jersey in 1965. In 1971, he began recording his first audio stories, Willoughby and the Professor, half hour stories, in which he performed all of the voices himself, creating live sound effects, and scoring with 78 RPM records he found in his attic.[1][2]

According to NPR, Bevilacqua sent a 120-minute cassette of his Willoughby stories to voice actor Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear, Quickdraw McGraw, Huckleberry Hound and other Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward cartoon characters.[1] Butler soon dubbed himself Bevilacqua's mentor.[3][4]


Joe Bevilacqua has written and edited a number of books, including Daws Butler, Characters Actor, the authorized biography of his mentor and the voice of Yogi Bear. He co-authored the script book Uncle Dunkle and Donnie with Daws Butler and edited Butler's Scenes for Actors and Voices workbook. He has also written many liner notes on the history of radio for Radio Spirits releases.[5][6]

Radio career[edit]

This photo by Lorie Kellogg depicts producer Joe Bevilacqua listening to a mix-down of his audio work.
Joe Bevilacqua in his studio in Napanoch, NY. Public Radio.

As of 2016, "Joe Bev" produces five weekly podcasts also heard of over 100 public radio stations, each hour a different format: comedy, drama, jazz, cartoons, and interview.

He also hosts a weekly live music radio program broadcast over 103.7 FM WPWP Pawling Public Radio located in Pawling New York. The first hour, Bev devoted to classic rock. The second hour classic jazz, the third restored 78 RPM records.

Bevilacqua has produced radio in many genres. At the age of 19, Bevilacqua produced his first radio show, Liquid Comedy, for public radio station WRSU in New Brunswick, New Jersey, which was subsequently distributed internationally by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (which became Pacifica Radio Archives). He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 1980s, a four-hour per week mix of classic jazz and comedy for WKNJ in Union, New Jersey.

Bevilacqua 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. His features play on NPR.[7]

He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, and in 2009, Bevilacqua presented his commentary for Marketplace.[8] about his "green lifestyle".

As of June 2014, Bevilacqua had 14 regularly airing radio series, and 34 hours of new radio per month.[9]

The Joe Bev Hour[edit]

The Joe Bev Hour is the umbrella named used by radio stations for all of his productions [10] syndicated worldwide:

  • The Comedy-O-Rama Hour [11][12] is improvised radio theater, performed by regulars Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, Kenny Savoy, Jim Folly and guest stars Rick Overton,[13] Judy Tenuta,[14] Bob Camp (co-creator of Ren and Stimpy), Shelley Berman, Al Franken (before he was a Senator), Bob Edwards, Julie Newmar and Stuart Pankin. The series had a four-year run on Sirius XM Radio before moving to syndication.
  • The Jazz-O-Rama Hour [15] is a music show hosted by Bevilacqua, featuring 78 RPM and early LP recordings remastered from his own personal collection spanning the 1920s to the 1960s.
  • The Joe Bev Experience [16] is an omnibus of documentaries, interviews, comedy and drama.
  • Cartoon Carnival [17] is an hour of rare and classic cartoon audio, children’s records, cartoon music and sound effects, new radio cartoons, interviews and mini-documentaries about the animation.
  • The Joe Bev Audio Theater [18] is an anthology of drama and humor storytelling with full casts, sound effects and music.
  • The Joe Bev Hour Sunday Edition [19] is a rotating lineup which includes The Comedy-O-Rama, The Joe Bev Experience, Cartoon Carnival, and The Joe Bev Audio Theater.

Stations running The Joe Bev Hour including WGTD, Wisconsin Public Radio, Sound Stages Radio, WHRO-Norfolk, VA, The 1920s Radio Network, Toon Radio, Pawling Public Radio, Radio New Zealand, WGTD, Wisconsin Public Radio, Sound Stages Radio, WHRO-Norfolk, VA, The 1920s Radio Network, Toon Radio, Pawling Public Radio, Radio New Zealand, Prairie Public, Moab Public Radio, KAZU, WNMU-FM, KREV, WMMT, KAWC, Red River Radio Network, Marfa Public Radio, KCUR, WEZU, WSNC, Troy Public Radio, WCMU Public Radio, WRPI, KUAT, KUHF, KVMR, WRFA, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, WHRV, KVMR, WUCF, WFIU, KRPS, KUT, WLRN, WTIP, WNCU, KEOS, KRUA, New Hampshire Public Radio, KGOU, Delta College Public Radio, WPSU, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KMXT, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WEFT, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, WRVO, WYSO, WMPG, WGUC, KRPS, WEKU, Oregon Public Broadcasting, WXXI, Yellowstone Public Radio, Robin Hood Radio/ WHDD AM 1020/FM 91.9-WLHV FM 88.1 /WGHQ AM 920, WHRV, WVAS, WDCB, WMUK, KCCK, WAMC, Here and Now, WGBH, KWIT, KDUR, WGUC, WJFF, WILL, WNPR, WCAI/WNAN, KTNA, WKSU, WKMS, AMU, KSTX (KPAC), KERA, WFCR, WUAL, KZYX, KCPW, Stan, Delmarva Public Radio, KRCB, WKNO, KSJD, KFSR, KUHF, KQED, Spokane Public Radio, WUIS, WEKU, WEPS, WNCU, WPSU, KUOW, KUHB, KTXK, Raven Radio, WQUB, WCOM, WMUB, KGLT, KDNK, KMXT, KSFR, WVPE, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, KSUT, KUVO, KDLG, KVNF, KUHB, Yellowstone Public Radio, WERU, KSRQ, WKSU, KRCB, GAUF, WUSM, WDNA, KUGS, WGCU, KFAI, WUTS, East Village Radio, KAOS, KBBI.

Bear Manor Radio[edit]

In March 2014, BearManor Media appointed Joe Bevilacqua Program Director of the new Bear Manor Radio Network.[20]

In an announcement dated Mar. 28, 2014, Ben Ohmart, president of Bear Manor Media, the publisher of books about old Hollywood, said, "We are excited to collaborate again with the extraordinarily talented Joe Bevilacqua." [21]

The BearManor Radio went on the air streaming 24/7 on April 1, 2014, with six program. On June 1, 2014, the network added four more hour, all produced by Joe Bevilacqua. These are:

  • The Voice Actor Show: Interviews with top voice actors [22]
  • Lorie's Book Nook: Interviews with Bear Manor authors [23]
  • The J-OTR Show: A mix of new and old time radio [24]
  • Fred Frees Favorites: An audio book sampler [25]
  • The Jazz-O-Rama Hour: Early 78 RPM and LP recordings remastered [15]
  • Cartoon Carnival: Interview, music and soundtracks [17]
  • The Lost OTR Show: Recently uncovered old time radio not heard in over 60 years [26]
  • Audio Classics Archive: The top old time radio from the vault of Terry Salomonson [27]
  • What's Cookin' with Chef Steve:[28] Jazz, authors, and recipes

Audio Books[edit]

Joe Bevilacqua's audio credits include the radio documentaries: From Moonshine to Armadillos: the Birth of the Austin Music Scene (2003), that tells the history of the Armadillo World Headquarters; One Song at a Time: Tales from the Kerrville Folk Festival (2000); and We Take You Now to Grover's Mill: The 50th Anniversary of The War of the Worlds Broadcast (1988), which includes the last interview with John Houseman. His radio documentary Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady (2001), was heard on over 400 public radio stations and included interviews with Johnson White House Administration members Liz Carpenter, Bess Abell, and Nash Castro, Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, Lady Bird biographer Jan Jarboe Russell, and First Ladies Betty Ford and Barbara Bush.

In 2011, Joe Bevilacqua signed a deal with Audible to distribute all of his audiobooks, including radio drama, science fiction, comedy, cartoons, documentary, classic literature, biography, and autobiography.[29]

In 2012, Bevilacqua signed a new deal with Blackstone Audio, who has released more nearly 100 audio titles by Bevilacqua, for download, CD, retail and libraries. 100 more are planned for 2014, many radio theater and comedy.[9]

383 audio titles and books by "Joe Bev" as of 2016:


Since the 1970s, Joe Bevilacqua has been cartooning his own characters, starting with Willoughby and the Professor. He has drawn for many of his projects and most recently drew cover art for six new Blackstone Audio titles coming up July 1, 2014, under the collective title A Joe Bev Cartoon.[30][31]

Film & TV[edit]

Joseph Bevilacqua has acted in a number of US movies and TV shows. Not content to hide behind his microphone, Bevilacqua will be seen acting in the feature films: as the first lawyer Abraham Lincoln met as a child in The Better Angels directed A.J. Edwards, Cold in July directed by Jim Mickle, as an IRS Agent in TV's Deadly Devotions, and as an angry villager in Hits directed by David Cross. A number of this films went to the Sundance Festival in 2014.

Bevilacqua biggest on screen role to date is that of British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery for the 2014 The World Wars History Channel TV Mini-Series.

Joe Bev was also the voice of Unicycler Cat[32] in the North Bay Corp animated television commercials.

For the upcoming movie "The Fly Room," he not only portrayed the on screen character of Uncle Dwight, he was personally commissioned by the director Alexis Gambis, to act as vocal coach to the cast during the entire shoot and wrote, produced and voiced a number of audio sound beds in the style of old time radio for use in the film.

He will be seen in the upcoming Keanu Reeves movie John Wick, as Giuseppe in the upcoming film The Wannabe.


Bevilacqua's stage work includes roles in Equus, Bedroom Farce, Applause, Black Comedy, and others plays. He tours regularly as Bud Abbott in A Tribute to Bud & Lou[33] with Bob Greenberg as Lou Costello. Bevilacqua has performed at [The Improv], Caroline's on Broadway,[34] Catch a Rising Star, and the Comic Strip. He has opened for Uncle Floyd, and has worked with Al Franken, Shelley Berman, Lewis Black and Rick Overton. Bevilacqua has also MC'd shows featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Mahr and Gilbert Gottfried.[35]

In 1989, funded by The New Jersey Historical Commission and The Monmouth County Historical Society, Bevilacqua produced, directed and starred in A Freneau Sampler, consisting of the poetry, prose and life of Philip Freneau.[36]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Father's Day". National Public Radio. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "JOE BEV'S WEBSITE". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lessons from Daws Butler Book Passes on Cartoon Legend's Tricks of the Trade". National Public Radio. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "WELCOME to the Official Website of Daws Butler- The Voice of Yogi Bear!". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "THE STAN FREBERG SHOW, #1 - 7". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Stan Freberg Show". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Joe's work at NPR". National Public Radio. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Green Audio at NPR". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "New Waterlogg "Public Radio to Audio Book Program" Helps Producers Distribute Direct to Listeners". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "waterlogg productions". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "COMEDY-O-RAMA - home of the Waterlogg Production Podcasts and the Daws Butler Biography". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Listen to COMEDY-O-RAMA online". TuneIn. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Rick Overton Visits Camp Waterlogg on the Comedy-O-Rama Hour.". YouTube. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Comedienne Judy Tenuta improvises with Joe Bevilacqua/Joe Bev and Lorie Kellogg on The Joe Bev Hour". YouTube. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Listen to The Jazz-O-Rama Hour online". TuneIn. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Listen to The Joe Bev Experience online". TuneIn. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Listen to Cartoon Carnival online". TuneIn. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Listen to Joe Bev Audio Theater online". TuneIn. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Listen to The Joe Bev Hour Sunday Edition online". TuneIn. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "BearManor Radio". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Veteran Award Winning Public Radio Producer Joe Bevilacqua Named Bear Manor Radio Program Director". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Listen to The Voice Actor Show online". TuneIn. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Listen to Lorie's Book Nook online". TuneIn. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "Listen to The J-OTR Show online". TuneIn. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  25. ^ "Listen to Fred Frees Favorites online". TuneIn. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "iTunes - Podcasts - The Lost OTR Show by (Waterlogg Productions)". iTunes. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  27. ^ "iTunes - Podcasts - Audio Classics Archive by (Waterlogg Productions)". iTunes. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  28. ^ "iTunes - Podcasts - What's Cookin' with Chef Steve by (Waterlogg Productions)". iTunes. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  29. ^ "Waterlogg Production titles on Audible". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  30. ^ "Timeline Photos - Waterlogg Productions - Facebook". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  31. ^ "A Joe Bev Cartoon Collection (Audio Theater): Joe Bevilacqua, Pedro Pablo Sacristan: 9781483015569: Books". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  32. ^ "Joe Bevilacqua voicing Radio Commercial 01 -- Unicycler Cat". YouTube. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  33. ^ "Joe & Bob win as Bud & Lou: "Who's on First?" - Coney Island Talent Show, July 28, 2012". YouTube. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  34. ^ "Video of Joe Bev at Caroline's on Broadway". YouTube. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  35. ^ "WATERLOGG PRODUCTIONS: Rick Overton Celebrates His Birthday with Joe Bev on The Waterlogg Radio Network (WRN)". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  36. ^ "Freneau Sampler Audio Book". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  37. ^ "TANYS Award". Retrieved 14 October 2014.