In 2011, the veteran Sirius XM and NPR broadcaster released over 600 hours of audio entertainment in many genres--audiobooks, radio theater, new stories of old-time radio, memoirs, biographies, comedies, dramas, children's stories, science fiction fantasy and cartoons.
"Last year, we received the most critical acclaim ever!" exclaims Bevilacqua, founder of Waterlogg Productions, who says his audio is a cut above the average audiobook: "I spend many extra hours designing the sound-scape. These are much more than narrator readings."
He adds, "Our first new audio title for 2012, A Waterlogg Valentine Double Feature, will be released in time to share it with a loved one."
The entire line of Waterlogg Productions audio entertainment is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible for Kindle, Blackberry, Android, iPhone, iPod or iPad download, or CD purchase or rental. at http://www.waterlogg.com
Here are some of the great reviews:
Yabba Dabba Doo!: The Alan Reed Story
"A lively tribute to the life of character actor and cartoon voice Alan Reed, spiced by background music and audio clips of radio/TV shows and movies. Most of it is read by Alan Reed Jr. (whose father had died in 1977) but there are some bits spoken by Reed himself from 1970s interviews. Joe Barbera is heard commenting on Alan's work with The Flintstones (as Fred) and the creation of the series. Bill Marx narrates some letters Fred Allen wrote to Reed. Joe Bevilacqua, who turns up doing some narration, puts in backing music and various clips which make this a nostalgia trip into the Golden Age of Radio. I really enjoyed all the clips, the inside info, and the journey into the life of a skillful character actor--the man who decided the best way to express Fred Flintstone's exuberance at life was to shout out, "Yabba Dabba Doo!" (Robert, Audible listener, Beverly, MA)
"Alan Reed, the voice of Fred, is no longer with us, but Joe’s done his damnedest to bring him back in a five-hour, six minute audio book called 'Yabba Dabba Doo!: The Alan Reed Story.' Fans of old radio shows should be delighted to hear that contained within the mound of audio (if audio came in mounds) is Bill Marx narrating letters Fred Allen wrote to Reed. People may not realise Alan’s Falstaff Openshaw character was an early resident of Allen’s famous Alley; Allen used the Falstaff character to comment on political and social affairs through rhyming verse. Allen gave ownership of Falstaff to Reed when he left the show. The Openshaw voice was the one Reed used for ‘Frederick’
The New Stories of Old-Time Radio: Volume One
"The enthusiasm of the writers and their respect for the period is infectious."
"Joe Bevilacqua is an amazingly talented actor and producer who brings these stories to life! You will think you are listening to actual old time radio!" (Jim Harmon, OTR historian and author)
"Are you a fan of old-time radio? Do you wish they were still making those wonderful programs so you wouldn’t have to keep listening to the same old episodes again and again? Do you poop out at parties? Do you wish I would stop asking so many questions? Well wish no more o traveler of the airwaves. From Joe Bevilacqua and his Waterlogg Productions, the vita-veeta-vegemin of old-time radio, comes this echo from a bygone era. It’s The New Stories of Old-Time Radio! That’s right, creator, writer, and narrator Joe Bev has taken some of his own favorite radio programs, and created brand new episodes for all of us to enjoy. Contained in this set are all original episodes of Our Miss Brooks, Tom Mix, Candy Matson Yukon 2-8209, The Clyde Beatty Show, The Green Llama, and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon. Assisting Joe Bevilacqua on the narrating duties, is his wife and creative partner Lorie Kellogg. With these two working together, you really don’t need anyone else. They can create more unique voices between the two of them than you can shake a radio at." (Steven Brandt, Audiobook Heaven, audiobook-heaven.com)
A Freneau Sampler: The Prose and Poetry of Revolutionary War Writer Philip Freneau
"Remember when family used to gather around the radio and listen to such favorite shows as 'The Shadow' or even 'The Guiding Light'? According to Joe Bev not enough people do and they are missing out on quite an experience. So he is making his contribution to the comeback of radio drama and comedy show by producing and directing new programs. Those are the shows Bev enjoys best -- the kind that challenge the imagination and capture attention." (Carmen Juri, The New Jersey Star Ledger)
We Take You Now to Grover's Mill: The Making of the 'War of the Worlds' Broadcast
"The Making of the War of the Worlds Broadcast is engaging, informational, and sound rich. This program, like the original War of the Worlds, rates a listen. Thankfully, the producer interviewed WOW producer John Housman not long before he died [on the 50th anniversary of the landmark broadcast, Halloween of 1988]. The story of this legendary Orson Welles broadcast is for the most part allowed to unfold through descriptions by Housman, and writer Howard Koch, along with voices recorded at Grover’s Mills’ 50th anniversary event. You can hear traces of amazement in the voices of people who heard that broadcast 70 years ago. Housman, reflecting 20 years ago on why the program still holds fascination, said: 'It's history. It’s one of the great events of the new age of mass communications.' True still." (Sydney Lewis, Atlantic Public Media)
Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady
"Informational, Inspiring. This is an excellent, uplifting journey through Lady Bird Johnson's life, and her growth and transition to first lady under tragic conditions. It's wonderful to hear her voice, rendered here in excerpts from interviews she's given and speeches she's made. It is especially poignant to hear a portion of her first audio diary entry, made the day after JFK's assassination. Nuanced choices of music are a production plus, but the strength is in the spoken word. Wisely chosen excerpts create a rich experience. The hour contains a wide range of voices, from historians to those who worked with her or know her, and they pinpoint her influence on LBJ, and on the capital, and the nation -- particularly in the areas of environment, race, and education. She truly is a force for good." (Atlantic Public Media)
"'Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady, 'written, narrated and produced by Joe Bevilacqua, is a love letter to a woman admired not only by her fellow Texans but also by the world. The one-hour program was among four winners in the best documentary category at The New York Festivals." (Clay Smith, Austin American-Statesman)
Son of Harpo Speaks!: A Family Portrait
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bill Marx’s life story. I can’t wait for the sequel.” (Irving Brecher, Marx Brothers screenwriter)
“A charming memoir. I enjoyed it thoroughly.”
"This book by the son of Harpo Marx gave me pleasure. (Or, as Groucho might have put it, this book pleasured me.) It's a journey of self-discovery, and Bill’s book is a useful primer for youngsters who hope to make a living in the arts." (David J. Hogan, Filmfax)
Daws Butler Teaches You Dialects. Lessons from the Voice of Yogi Bear!”
"Can you possibly learn from anyone better? Daws Butler is gone. But, thanks to old cartoons and radio shows, and one Joe Bev, they really are still here." (Don Yowp, http://yowpyowp.blogspot.com)
More reviews in other genres will be published in subsequent announcements.
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Waterlogg Productions is a multi-media entertainment company founded by husband and wife team Joe Bevilacqua & Lorie Kellogg.
Their combined talents spanning over 40 years have garnered many awards in radio.
In 2009 Waterlogg Production ventured into the world of audio books and in 2011 video.
In 2010 Joe Bevilacqua signed a new deal with Audible to distribute all of his audio books including radio drama, science fiction, documentary, comedy and biography.
In 2011 Joe signed a deal with Sirius/XM [[Sirius XM Radio]] to broadcast his work on the Book radio Ch. 80.
Christmas 2011, Joe Bevilacqua voiced Commander Crumpet for the Bob Camp co-founder of and director for Ren & Stimpy [Spümcø] designed iPhone game Tanks of Fury produced by Iversoft.
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