On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview former executive producers Kurt Bruner and Al Janssen. They talk about working at Focus on the Family and being involved with AIO, a disagreement over the split episode Sunset Bowlawater on Album 34, the power of a good story and their favorite episodes. They also discuss the new Odyssey Adventure Club two-parter set in the Middle East called When One Door Closes, the ministry both Al and Kurt are involved with, persecuted Christians, and much more. Listen to the full podcast interview.
If you're a reader looking for family friendly books, Focus on the Family is the place to go. Their Imagination Station series already has 17 titles out so far, with the 18th coming this October. You can also read about your favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters in books like The Fight for Kidsboro, Strange Journey Back, Passages, devotionals, books exclusively for young girls, the Official Guide, and much more. And two years ago, Focus on the Family released the first two volumes in another series: Bible KidVentures. Now it's time to gear up for the third volume, which is called Stories of Danger and Courage. Here's the book's summary:
Have you ever wanted to witness the Red Sea opening or the walls of Jericho falling? Bible KidVentures Stories of Danger and Courage takes you into the middle of the action of your favorite Bible stories. In each story, you are the main character. What happens is up to you! Through your choices, you can receive great rewards, get into big trouble, or even lose your life. It’s your turn to witness Bible history in action by entering the story and choosing your own path. Smell the salt water as the Red Sea parts before your very eyes, or hear the battle cries of Amalekite warriors facing the Israelite army. The lives of Moses, Rahab, Jehoshaphat, and early church leaders take on compelling excitement through these up-close-and-personal accounts. In each of the four choose-your-own-ending stories, you decide how the story ends!
Bible KidVentures: Stories of Danger and Courage officially releases on May 1, 2016, and is already available for preorder.
Production of new Adventures in Odyssey episodes is in full swing. Album 60: Head Over Heels just finished airing on the radio and Album 61: Without a Hitch is scheduled to be released on CD in October. Before that it'll be available on the OAC. We now know all the episode titles on Album 61, thanks to the AIO Blog which revealed that the third episode will be called Old Tricks. And this week the AIO team is back in the recording studio in California to record Album 62, which doesn't yet have a title. But we do have the episode titles: Connie the Counselor, No Friend Like an Old Friend, Fathers and Sons, The Grass is Always Greener, Exit Stage Left and Enter Stage Right. The stories include comedic banter between Eugene and Connie, Jason investigating a mystery at the antique shop, classic hijinks with the Parker family, the return of Connie's half-sister Jules Kendall, and songs from Eugene's ukulele, including one called "Three Cheers for a Happy Ending." You can check out the official AIO Facebook page for more photos of the recording session.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to D.J. Harner, the voice of Mr. Whittaker's daughter Jana Whittaker-Dowd. She talks about how she first got in touch with Focus on the Family before AIO had even begun, working with the first voice of Mr. Whittaker, Hal Smith, and her career as a publicist. They also discuss Mr. Whittaker's health, Jana's return to the show, and more. Plus, Bob and Jesse invite listeners to send in their questions about Album 60, Album 61, and the future of the show for an upcoming podcast with the producers. Check out the podcast interview.
Lamplighter Theatre has just released a video interview with former Adventures in Odyssey writer, directer, producer and author Paul McCusker. He talks about getting involved with the Lamplighter Guild, working at Focus on the Family, and writing hundreds of AIO episodes. Paul also discusses what it takes to become a writer, the books that have influenced him, living the Christian life and much more. You can check out the video interview below.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview actor Dale Inghram, the voice of Wooton's identical twin brother Wellington Bassett. Dale talks about the other voiceover work he's done, playing a part in a Lord of the Rings play, working with the voice of Wooton (Jess Harnell), and acting on the radio program Unshackled. He also discusses playing the villain, a future appearance of Wellington on the show, and shares some of his coffee expertise. Plus, we hear a preview of the new episode Between the Lines, Part 1. Listen to the full podcast interview.
A week ago the cover art for Adventures in Odyssey's upcoming release, Album 61: Without a Hitch, was revealed online. The CD comes out on October 1st, 2016, and is available for preorder on Amazon and CBD. So far we know five of the titles of the six episodes on the album. And today we can finally reveal the album's summary, which gives fans a few more clues about what to expect in these new stories. You can check out the summary below:
Adventures in Odyssey is approaching its 30th anniversary of entertaining families with enthralling storylines that teach biblical values disguised in humor. Young and old alike will be delighted to meet all the characters of Odyssey and follow them on their adventures.
It was just two weeks ago that fans were able to start preordering Album 61: Without a Hitch, which releases on CD on October 1st, and now the front cover artwork has been revealed. As you can see from the picture, it features three of listeners' favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters, Eugene, Connie, and Penny. Album 61 will have a total of six episodes, and right now we know five of the titles: Parker for President, The Feud of Mason County, The Key Suspect, and A Very Bassett Wedding, Parts 1-2. What do you think about this cover art by artist Gary Locke? Are you excited for the upcoming episodes featuring Wooton and Penny? Leave a comment below.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with the actors voicing Penny Wise's parents, Carol Mansell and Victor Brandt, who first appeared in the new Album 60 episode Words from the Wise. They discuss ad-libbing on the show, the roles they've played before, working with Jerry Seinfeld and William Shatner, the pronunciation of Wooton's name, and they improvise a scene on the spot. They also talk about Penny and Wooton's wedding day, being welcomed into the AIO team, growing up listening to radio, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
The new special collection from Adventures in Odyssey is called The Ultimate Road Trip and releases on CD on May 1st. The digital download, however, is already available for preorder and comes out a month earlier, on April 1st. Here's the summary: "Fasten your seat belts and settle in for a road trip adventure with the folks from Odyssey. Whether it’s surfing with Rodney Rathbone in Hawaii, running from a mad bull with Eugene Meltsner in Mexico, or chasing down a family fortune with Wooton Bassett in Alaska, you never know what will happen next! Along the way, the Barclay family learns about family togetherness on their best vacation ever, the Washingtons solve a mystery while stranded in a long-forgotten ghost town, and Bernard Walton discovers a map to an underground river of gold! Don’t miss the on-ramp to more than six hours of nonstop action and character-building fun for the whole family in our Ultimate Road Trip collection!"
There will be 18 episodes in this special collection:
Plus, you may have heard about the book from actors Will Ryan and Katie Leigh, the voices of Eugene Meltsner and Connie Kendall. It's called Adventures in Oddity and came out in paperback last year. Well, now it is finally available as an eBook. Check out Amazon to get the Kindle Edition.
The Adventures in Odyssey team was in the studio recording Album 61: Without a Hitch in February, and now the album is already available for preorder on Amazon. It will be released on CD on October 1st and will feature six episodes on "marriage and family." So far we know the names of five of those episodes, which will be titled Parker for President, The Feud of Mason County, The Key Suspect, and A Very Bassett Wedding, Parts 1-2. In other news, the title of the next Imagination Station book has been revealed. It will be called Trouble on the Orphan Train, and will also come out in October of this year. And look out for upcoming interviews with Penny's parents, Wooton's brother Wellington, and Mr. Whittaker's daughter Jana in future editions of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast.
A few members of the Adventures in Odyssey team are currently in New Zealand filming footage for the Odyssey Adventure Club. They're preparing videos to go alongside an upcoming three-part episode set in New Zealand which will be released next year for Season Four of the club. While they were there producers Dave Arnold and Bob Smithouser had the chance to do an interview with the radio station Rhema, in which they talked about developing Christian entertainment, the OAC, how long it takes to produce a show, the future of radio, and much more. Check out the audio interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with composer Jared DePasquale, who wrote the music for the new two-part Odyssey Adventure Club episode called When One Door Closes. Jared discusses some of the more interesting instruments he uses, how he first got into composing, the importance of his faith and his work both on Radio Theatre and Odyssey. We also get to hear some music tracks, and listen to Jared talk about his experience with Middle Eastern music, plus some clips from When One Door Closes. Check out the full podcast interview.
There are two new Lamplighter Theatre audio dramas now available for preorder. The first story is called A 'Strordinary Little Maid and features Peggy Perkins, who will delight you with her extraordinary ability to share the gospel. Her tenacious courage intrigues people from all walks of life, and her faithfulness invites them to experience the joy of the ’strordinary God she serves. It will be released on June 1st, 2016. The second story is The Haunted Room, which follows the three Trevor siblings as they take up residence in the grand but gloomy Myst Court. Gripped in the mystery of past tragedy and concealing a dark secret, the former home of their reclusive aunt is rumored to be haunted. This audio drama is set for release on July 1st, 2016. You can check out all the details at lamplighter.net.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with author Marianne Hering and a special guest about the newest Imagination Station book release, In Fear of the Spear. They explain the true missionary story the book is based on, the context behind the isolated tribe in Ecuador, and how the writing process went. They also discuss how the violent content was dealt with, the many adaptations, the changes that were made, the theme of forgiveness and much more. The book is the seventeenth in the series and is now available in stores. Check out the podcast interview.
The folks at Lamplighter Theatre have just released a video online where they discuss what's been going on behind-the-scenes, including preparation for this year's Lamplighter Guild where the keynote speaker will be former Adventures in Odyssey writer, director and producer Paul McCusker. They also discuss Finnian Jones and his backstory, how the production Frozen Fire came together, future audio dramas and much more. Check out the video below.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with writer Kathy Buchanan and editor Liz Duckworth. They talk about how the idea for the Candid Conversations with Connie book series came about, why it was written, and how long it takes to bring a book to completion. Kathy also discusses her inspiration for the book, her role as a parent of young girls, and the advice she would give to her twelve-year-old self. Plus, she talks about writing backstory for the character of Connie Kendall. And we get to hear the first scene of this month's new Odyssey Adventure Club episode called "Walk This Way," which throws Connie into the middle of the Miss Odyssey pageant. You can listen to the full podcast interview.
Adventures in Odyssey's current release, Album 60: Head Over Heels, is out on the Odyssey Adventure Club and is now available for digital download. The CD is set to release from Christian Book Distributors next month, but Amazon already has it in stock. The episodes will air on the radio and online soon after. That means it's time to look ahead to Album 61: Without a Hitch. The AIO team were recently in the recording studio in California working on this upcoming album, and a number of photos were posted on the official Facebook page. One episode called The Feud of Mason County will feature a rivalry between two families, the Dagmar and the McNutt clans, and Whit will do his best to act as a peacemaker. The Key Suspect will be a Jones and Parker mystery, meanwhile another episode will be called Parker for President. Plus, there will be a two-part episode titled A Very Bassett Wedding, and if you've heard the latest story arc featuring Wooton and Penny you can guess where that's going. You can check out all the new recording session photos of the cast and crew online.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse are back, this time to interview Ann Ault, the voice of Ann Jacobs on the show. They talk about her early roles doing comedy in Japan, how she joined AIO and the Jacobs family, working with the first voice of Mr. Whittaker (Hal Smith), and returning to play a clown on the show in Album 47. Ann also discusses her recent work in North Carolina, gives advice to listeners wondering what to do with their lives, how she looks at her life as a ministry, and so much more. Check out the podcast interview.
The first Father Gilbert novel, which picks up where Paul McCusker's thrilling audio drama series left off, is called The Body Under the Bridge and releases in stores this month. But the excitement isn't ending there. The book is only the first in a trilogy, so there are at least two more Father Gilbert installments headed our way soon. The second book will be titled All Desires Known and is currently scheduled to be released in December 2016. Check out the story's summary:
When Father Gilbert traded in his detective’s badge for an Anglican priest’s collar, he never expected he would be pulled into a different kind of mystery – the mystery of the spiritual world. Even attending a conference in a seaside town provides no escape as he has yet another supernatural encounter, this time with a murdered girl who worked at a local massage parlour. Details of the murder lead Father Gilbert to approach the police with clues in common with other cases, bringing him into contact with a detective from his days with Scotland Yard. Meanwhile, a local monastery has been vandalized, with grotesque images and profane graffiti defacing the altar and walls. The head of the monastery, from whom Father Gilbert received spiritual direction a couple of years before, is distressed by the attack, accusing the local sex trade industry of retaliating against his outspoken stand against it. Then, one of the brothers at the monastery is found dead in the local red light district. All evidence points to his having been a regular at a massage parlour – the same one where the murdered girl had worked. Intertwined within this web is a young woman who sees the same apparitions that Father Gilbert thought only he could see, plus an obstinate runaway, a distraught father, and a deep corruption pervading the town. And, whether he likes it or not, Father Gilbert is at the center of it all.
As always with Father Gilbert Mysteries, bear in mind that they are intended for an older audience than Adventures in Odyssey's target age range. Are you planning on getting the first book in this new trilogy when it releases? You can leave a comment down below.