Waterlogg Productions Announces the Release of Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady Audio Documentary

Veteran National Public Radio Journalist Joe Bevilacqua's award-winning exclusive interviews with Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford , Barbara Bush, Katherine Graham available at Audible, Amazon, ITunes and Most Online Stores.

  • (1888PressRelease) June 11, 2011 - One of the most licensed audiobooks on The Public Radio Exchange and iTunes, Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady is veteran NPR producer Joe Bevilacqua's award-winning audio documentary examining the challenges and achievements of this extraordinary woman.

    Bevilacqua spent nearly five months listening to the rare tapes and traveled to Washington, D.C., to interview Mrs. Johnson's colleagues and friends, including First Ladies Betty Ford and Barbara Bush.

    The hour combines never-before-released archive audio, gleaned from thousands of hours of recordings housed at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, period news broadcasts, private conversations with Lyndon Baines Johnson, and the words of Lady Bird Johnson from an interview that has never before been released to the public.

    The program features Bevilacqua's exclusive interviews Lyndon Johnson Administration staffers Liz Carpenter, Bess Abell, and Nash Castro, Washington Post owner Katherine Graham, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum Director Harry Middleton, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Director Robert Glass Breunig, and Lady Bird biographer and Jan Jarboe Russell.

    Other voices heard include Kirk Douglas and Helen Hayes reading from LBJ's and Lady Bird's love letters.

    Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady was produced in association with KUT Radio in Austin, Texas, and overseen by a panel of scholars and experts, including Lewis Gould, retired University of Texas (UT) at Austin Professor of History; Walt Rostow, UT Professor Emeritus, Elspeth Rostow, former dean of the UT LBJ School of Public Affairs; Carl Anthony, Washington, D.C., historian; and Don Carleton, director, The Center for American History at UT.

    What the Critics Say:

    "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 and many other Waterlogg Productions audio books are available at:

    http://www.joebev.com, http://www.audible.com, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.itunes.com, other online stores.

    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.

    Bevilacqua's audio stories are heard on radio stations around the world. His current program, "The Joe Bev Experience" airs Monday to Friday on Sirius XM Book Radio Channel 80 at 3:30am ET, 12:30am PT, and Saturdays from Midnight to 2:30am ET, 9:00pm - 11:30pm PT.

    In 2009 Waterlogg Production ventured into the world of audio books and in 2011 video.

    Feel free to contact them for your audio, video and entertainment needs. Contact: Joebev ( @ ) waterlogg dot com, or go to: http://www.waterlogg.com.

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