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Playlist: Consider for music specials

Compiled By: Michael Marsolek

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Don Was on Art of the Song Creativity Radio

From Art of the Song | Part of the Art of the Song series | 59:00

Recorded live with an audience at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Don Was talks about the creative process involved in producing, playing and managing a life in music.

Was_small For six years, Art of the Song has been providing consistent, high quality content to an increasing number of stations in the public radio system. Currently serving 200 stations with 300 shows in the archive Art of the Song Creativity Radio is balanced 50/50 talk and music. Proven to be very popular with listeners, Art of the Song fits well in transition times between afternoon news and talk into evening music programming, or weekend programming that highlights local folk and acoustic shows.

Art of the Song Creativity Radio has developed three formats for their programming keeping the sound fresh and always evolving.

Standard format is comprised of interview, supporting music and two short features, The Creativity Corner in which artists and non-artists alike (often drawn from listeners) give an account of their personal experiences with the creative process; and the Song Analyst which goes into detail on the craft of songwriting using lessons about techniques used to make songs sound good, to further the understanding of creativity at work.

Concerts and Conversations is an alternative format. This is a live show recorded with an audience. These shows often include a lively Q & A with audience members at the end of the interview. There are no short segments in programs recorded live.

A third offering is the AOTS Special: either focused on a particular recording effort of note (eg: We Are All Connected: Music for The People of Darfur from Berklee College of Music & Song Of America - which includes a rare interview with Atty General Janet Reno) or music for the season - the annual Holiday Sampler, a joyous, sometimes hilarious visit to music of the winter holidays.

52 weekly shows with 26 new programs per year and 26 repeats from prior years.

All shows available as 59:00 minute with floating break or 53:50 two segment.
Content is delivered either by CD or via download from the Art of the Song server.

Tri Crazy

From Beatrice Black | 04:50

Soft feature on growth in popularity of triathlon. Good to hook on Hawaii Ironman 10/9/10. 4:50

Tri Crazy
Beatrice Black


'Marketplacey' feel w/good detail on spending power of triathletes.

Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground

From Lester Graham | 53:25

This compelling documentary explains how a John F. Kennedy challenge to college students ultimately became the Peace Corps.

It explores Kennedy's thinking about how badly the United States related to countries around the world during the Cold War. Students helped him realize how America's youth could help change that.

You'll hear from the students who proposed the idea and became part of the effort. You'll hear how the White House quickly brought the Peace Corps to life from Kennedy administration officials who were there (including the last known interview with Ted Sorensen).

And an intriguing story of getting Congress on board and keeping the CIA out.

Kennedy_mi_student_union-edt_small During the 1960 Nixon and Kennedy campaigns for president, John F. Kennedy made a late-night stop at the University of Michigan and challenged students to take their skills to the developing world to help others.  The students embraced that challenge and proposed a program that Kennedy would call the Peace Corps.

This documentary examines Kennedy's motivation and the students stories as the idea was developed.  It also tracks the obstacles, including a reluctant Congress and the CIA which tried to infiltrate the ranks of the Peace Corps.

Author Elizabeth Gilbert on being "Committed."

From New Hampshire Public Radio | Part of the Writers on a New England Stage series | 53:24

"Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert reads from her latest memoir, "Committed." In an interview with Virginia Prescott, she reveals what it is like to live in the wake of that book's success, and shares her study of marriage across time and cultures.

Gilbert2_small "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert reads from her latest memoir, "Committed." In an interview with Virginia Prescott, she reveals what it is like to live in the wake of that book's success, and shares her study of marriage across time and cultures. This is part one of the piece, Elizabeth Gilbert's talk and reading.

Summer Insects

From Ed Herrmann | Part of the Wake Up and Hear the Roses series | 02:30

Soothing sounds from the short lived singers of summer - cicadas, crickets, and grasshoppers.

Default-piece-image-0 Soothing sounds from the short lived singers of summer - cicadas, crickets, and grasshoppers. Recorded in Starved Rock State Park, central Illinois.

Home Planet: Wanting the 'Firsts' to Last Forever

From Spokane Public Radio | 02:38

Going to summer camp for the first time is a big milestone for a mother as well as a child.

Cherylannebw_small Going to summer camp for the first time is a big milestone for a mother as well as a child. But writer Cheryl-Anne Millsap says that when it's your last child, your last chance to see everything for the first time, the milestone is bittersweet. As broadcast on Spokane Public Radio. Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a writer for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington.

"Deconstructing Laurel & Hardy"

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the The Comedy-O-Rama Hour series | 54:38

Give your listeners a break from the news with this one-hour special that mixes new radio theater and classic soundtracks, deconstructed by veteran award-winning radio producer Joe Bevilacqua..

12051216-deconstructing-laurel-hardy-encore-saturday-230-pm-et-at-cultradioagogocom_small  "Deconstructing Laurel & Hardy was a NEW classic and a comedy masterpiece! Simply, the best thing you two have ever done," tweeted @cult_radio (Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!) following the premiere broadcast of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour special, created by husband and wife team Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) and Lorie Kellogg.

"We have had many requests from both listeners wanted to hear the special again and fans who missed it the first time," says Bevilacqua.

The comedy hour combines audio from classic moments from Laurel & Hardy movies with a new radio theater in which "the boys" open a fix-it shop and recall their past failures as they handle a barrage of wacky customers. 

In the new moments, full of funny sound effects and music, Joe Bev voiced not only Stan and Ollie but James Finlayson, Billy Bletcher, Edgar Kennedy and other characters including a dog. All of the females roles, including Mae Busch, were voiced by Lorie Kellogg. 

Along the way, listeners are treated to hilarious moments from classic Hal Roach Laurel and Hardy sound films, including: 

Brats (1930) 
Blotto (1930) 
Towed in a Hole (1932) 
Sons of the Desert (1933) 
Them Thar Hills (1934) 
The Fixer Uppers (1935) 
Way Out West (1937) 
Block-Heads (1938) 
A Chump at Oxford (1940)

Among the highlights of the special is when Bev inter-cuts a scene the English version of "Blotto" with the Spanish version "La vida nocturna," one of the films Laurel & Hardy spoke phonetically. First, Bev as Stan recalls the scene in which he is speaking Spanish an Ollie English. Then, Bev as Ollie recalls the same scene but with him speaking Spanish and Stan English.

Laurel and Hardy were one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy double acts of the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. Composed of thin Englishman Stan Laurel and large American Oliver Hardy, they became well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy. They made over 100 films together, initially two-reelers (short films) before expanding into feature length films in the 1930s. Their films include Sons of the Desert (1933), the Academy Award winning short film The Music Box (1932), Babes in Toyland (1934), and Way Out West (1937). Hardy's catchphrase "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" is still widely recognized. 

Bevilacqua also hosts and produces three distinct radio hours per week, known collectively as The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block, which includes The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour and The Joe Bev Experience, which air on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go! every Saturday at 2:20 pm ET.

Archived Comedy-O-Rama Hours are now podcast on iTunes at: 
Bevilacqua is a veteran radio theater producer and voice actor. He also works on stage and is the winner of the 2012 New York TANYS Award for Excellence in Acting. He has performed at the Improv, Caroline's on Broadway, Catch a Rising Star, the Comic Strip, opened for Uncle Floyd, worked with Al Franken, Shelley Berman, Lewis Black and Rick Overton. Joe has also MC'd shows featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Mahr and Gilbert Gottfried. He has been regularly heard on National Public Radio and Sirius-XM Radio and has produced hundreds of hours of audiobooks. 

Lorie Kellogg is the co-producer. Kellogg started her education at the Kansas City Art Institute. There she studied painting, printmaking, photography, commercial design and video. She continued to Graduate School at the California Institute of the Arts where she received her MFA in Film/Video. Lorie is a graphic designer creating websites, logos, newsletters, newspaper & magazine layout, package design, ad design, and edits video & audio. 

More about Waterlogg Productions at http://www.waterlogg.com

Video of Joe Bev as Laurel & Hardy:

Piece of My Heart: The Story of Janis Joplin

From KUT | 57:31

Winner of the Grand Trophy 2011, International Radio Festivals! An intimate reconsideration of Janis' journey from a tiny Texas refinery town to the world stage.


Though Janis became an international symbol of the San Francisco music scene of the ‘60s, her Texas roots profoundly influenced her music, her identity, and ultimately her enduring legacy.  Join Kris Kristofferson, Tracy Nelson of Mother Earth, and some of those closest to Janis during her days growing up in Texas for an exclusive one hour documentary-- “Piece of My Heart: the Story of Janis Joplin”.  Hosted by David Brown and produced by the award-winning Texas Music Matters team at KUT Austin.