We in Yowp-Land are commercial-free, but would like to pass on word (for no commission, naturally) of a coming attraction on your computer, the very computer you’re on right now. See how easy this is already?
The first Joe in question is Joe Barbera, the second is Joe Bevilacqua (see right), and the rhyming Radio in question is Shokus Radio.
Joe Bev is beginning a show called ‘Cartoon Carnival’ which he’s describing as the first radio cartoon show ever. He’s graciously, and quite unexpectedly, sent me a copy of the first programme.
For anyone interested in the early Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Joe starts off with a real treat. It’s a piece he did for NPR in the U.S. on Joe Barbera, with portions of an interview from 1990.
You can hear Daws Butler giving a couple of tips on voice acting. It’s like Daws is still with us which, in a way, he is. And there’s a cute little bit with Daws doing a conversation between Huck and Yogi.
It’s not all Hanna-Barbera. There’s much more, including the always wonderful June Foray reprising her role as Rocky in a performance on stage (whoever is Bullwinkle does a terrific job). Mel Blanc fans (and who isn’t among them?) will enjoy his audition reel. There’s even a contest. And Joe briefly plays disc jockey as he spins ZR-51 Light Movement from the Hi-Q library (now, if he only had some Jack Shaindlin cues I’m trying to find!).
There’s a very easy pace to the show, punctuated by familiar sound effects utilised almost as transitions. The production is top-notch. It must have taken Joe forever to assemble the elements and do a mix. He’s probably thankful he’s not dealing with a mono reel-to-reel machine and a razor blade for editing, as aging radio producers did in their youth.
The programme will be on Shokus from 3 pm to 4pm (Pacific) Monday through Sunday so, if you’re like me and can’t listen during the week, you can tune in on weekends. There’ll be a fresh show every week.
Oh, yes, the link. Go here to check out Shokus Radio. And Joe’s site is here.