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.
The next release from Adventures in Odyssey, Album 60: Head Over Heels, is airing on the OAC right now, will be out as a digital download next month, and finally releases on CD in March. And now Focus on the Family is launching a new contest to give fans their own copy. In 300 words or less, you need to answer the question: "Why Do You 'Heart' Odyssey?" Entries must be submitted by mail and arrive before January 29th. Of the fourteen winners chosen, all will receive a copy of Album 60 and an AIO t-shirt, and the grand prize winner will also get a phone call from none other than the show's host Chris Anthony. You must be under 18 and living in the United States to enter. Check out the contest details.
On the new episode of Audio Theatre Central, a podcast focused on family friendly audio drama, Adventures in Odyssey writer Nathan Hoobler gives listeners a tour of the Foley Room at Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs. Nathan explains the sounds behind each character's footsteps, the original Imagination Station, the details the sound designers add to the show and much more. Check out the audio interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to the first winner of the John Avery Whittaker Award, Eldon Babcock. He and his daughter Joleen talk about listening to AIO on the radio in the car, Eldon's work as a chapel speaker, his puppet shows, planting churches, leading people to a faith in Jesus Christ, and so much more. Plus, Bob and Jesse announce an OAC talent contest. Check out the podcast interview.
Adventures in Odyssey writer Paul McCusker's new Father Gilbert book series is debuting on January 27th with the release of The Body Under the Bridge, an intense story featuring a centuries-old battle between two local families, a mummified corpse, and a secret occult society. And it all picks up where the original Radio Theatre dramas left off. If this sounds interesting to you, you can head over to Goodreads to enter the giveaway to receive the book for free. Fifteen copies are up for grabs for this contest. To enter, you'll need to sign up for a Goodreads account. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States, Canada and Great Britain, and the deadline to enter is January 31st, 2016.
Books 13 to 15 in the Imagination Station series are titled The Redcoats Are Coming, Captured on the High Seas, and Surprise at Yorktown. And now you'll be able to experience this three-book story arc about the American Revolution all in one omni-book. This new three-pack will be released for sale in May 2016. Travel alongside Patrick and Beth as they meet heroes such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock, get captured by the British, and sneak through trenches and race across battlefields to warn General George Washington about a dangerous spy. This upcoming compilation is already available for preorder from CBD.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse present another free episode just in time for the gift-giving season. The show is called New Year's Eve Live and was originally recorded in front of a live audience at Focus on the Family in 1997. A shortened version of the live show appears on Album 31: Days to Remember. But stick around until the end, because the podcast allows for the opportunity to bring back never-before-released scenes that had to be cut for time, including the lengthy opening scene, an appearance from Paul Herlinger, the voice of John Avery Whittaker, and an extra song from Eugene Meltsner. Plus, writer and director Phil Lollar and sound designer and executive producer Dave Arnold talk about creating the episode for AIO's tenth anniversary, earlier versions of the script, audience participation during the live show, and much more. Check out the free episode and podcast interview.
Album 60: Head Over Heels is currently airing on the Odyssey Adventure Club and the CD version has been available for preorder for some time. But for those building up your own digital library of Adventures in Odyssey, this news story is for you. Album 60 is now available for preorder on Amazon as a digital download and releases on February 1st, a whole month before the CD comes out. It can be purchased as individual episodes or together as the whole album. The full set includes a bonus track called "Behind the Scenes of Between the Lines." Check out its Amazon page if you want to listen to 30-second previews of the upcoming episodes. But only do so if you don't mind a few spoilers. How are you going to listen to AIO's newest episodes? You can write a comment down below.
The Adventures in Odyssey team will be releasing a new and exciting special collection next year called The Ultimate Road Trip, featuring over six hours of your favorite vacation episodes. 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!" Look for it in stores in May 2016.
The AIO Blog has just released an audio interview with the director of kids and culture marketing at Focus on the Family, Christi Lynn. She talks about first listening to Adventures in Odyssey, her career in radio, and how she originally came to FOTF. She also discusses the marketing and retail process, working with artist Gary Locke, developing AIO packaging, advertising, setting up contests, the Odyssey Adventure Club and much more. Plus, you'll be excited to hear that Christi makes an important announcement about the future of Adventures in Odyssey. Next year Album 61 is coming out, and now we already have a title. It will be called Without a Hitch and releases in October. You can check out the full audio interview below.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview April Hong, the voice of Min in the latest Odyssey Adventure Club episode, A Daughter's Love. April talks about what she enjoys about being an actor, travelling the world with her father, playing characters of different ages, and recording Odyssey in the studio with the other actors family-style. She also discusses how she goes about taking on various accents, working on the upcoming episode The Boat People, and more. Plus, Bob and Jesse announce today's premiere of the first episode of Album 60: Head over Heels on the OAC, titled Words from the Wise. Check out the podcast interview.
The Very Serious Writing Show, which gives listeners advice on developing practical writing skills, has recently released a number of interviews with some people Adventures in Odyssey fans will be very familiar with. There are two podcast episodes with former AIO writer and producer Paul McCusker, the first part in which he discusses Christian movies and the second part where he talks about C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters. There are also two shows with writer Marshal Younger. In the first he talks about working with the Odyssey team, and in the second he goes through the process of outlining an AIO episode. The podcast also has interviews with writer Torry Martin (Part 1 & Part 2), actor and writer Bill Myers, and two episodes with former AIO writer John Fornof, the first about writing for Adventures in Odyssey and the second about working on the new G.A. Henty audio drama adaptations. That's a lot of content to keep listeners busy while we wait for the release of Album 60: Head Over Heels on the Odyssey Adventure Club. To find all those new interviews and more, you can check out the audio podcast called the Very Serious Writing Show.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to Melissa Disney, the voice of Monica Stone in the Novacom Saga, Victoria Jamison from Wooing Wooton, and young Jenny Whittaker in the Album 56 episode Great Expectations. They talk about Melissa's connection to Walt Disney, growing up with a family in show business, her journey from music to voice over, narrating movie trailers, and her friendship with Katie Leigh, the voice of Connie Kendall. Melissa also discusses working as Christian in Hollywood, the possibility of the character Monica Stone returning to the show, her role in the new Odyssey Adventure Club episode A Daughter's Love, and more. You can check out the podcast interview.
The Odyssey Adventure Club, which now offers members the choice between three different payment plans, has finally added to its archives the third set of the Spanish language episodes, all under the title Aventuras en Odisea. Volume 3 contains 14 episodes, including an adaptation of the first Imagination Station two-parter called "La estación de la imaginación." It features the character Fernando Fernández in the place of Digger Digwillow from the original show. That brings the Spanish language shows up to a total of 40 episodes. Have you been listening to these adapted shows as they've been coming out on the OAC? What do you think of them? Leave a comment down below. And if you're not yet a member of the Odyssey Adventure Club, you can sign up at oaclub.org.
The Adventures in Odyssey team has just unveiled the 25 Days of Christmas Drawing Contest. Do you love to draw? In this new contest fans get to use their talents to create a picture of their favorite AIO characters in a Christmas setting using crayons, markers and pencils. You have until December 18th to mail in your entry, but you'll probably want to get started a lot earlier because daily winners will be start being announced December 1st. Each winner selected will have their artwork featured, and receive a copy of the 17th Imagination Station book, Danger on a Silent Night, as well as the Countdown to Christmas CD collection and an advent activity calendar. The grand prize winner will also get a special phone call from longtime AIO album artist Gary Locke. For more information, check out the contest details. To enter you must reside in the United States, be under the age of 18, and send in your artwork by mail, not via email.
One of the previous polls on the AIO Update asked fans what their favorite Mr. Whittaker flashback episode was and the two-part episode The Triangle won. Now it's time to return to that same poll idea, but with a different character. Actor Dave Madden passed away last January, almost a year ago now, after voicing the character of Bernard Walton the window washer on Adventures in Odyssey for almost 20 years. He was in many great shows, too many to list in a single poll. So in keeping with the tradition of the Mr. Whittaker poll, this new poll question asks fans what their favorite Bernard flashback episode is. There are three options to choose from. The Conscientious Cross-Guard features Bernard telling the story of him at school having to stand up to the bully Tanyer Hyde. The Girl in the Sink includes the story about a missing girl, a mysterious figure name Ezekiel, and a dramatic rescue over a sheer cliff. And finally, Prequels of Love tells the story of Bernard meeting his future wife Maude. Which retelling from Bernard's life do you enjoy hearing the most? You can vote here.
In case you missed it, the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast just revealed some new information about the show's upcoming release, Album 60: Head Over Heels. Here's the summary: "Love me . . . love me not? In the world of Odyssey, life’s issues rarely come together without a hitch. For Penny and Wooton, the answer to a marriage proposal leads to even more questions. Will Wooton meet with Penny’s family’s approval? And will Penny believe the best about Wooton even after the evidence seems to pile up against him? Meanwhile, others in town are asking questions of their own: The Parker family wonders if Mom will ever learn how to ride a bike, Whit unexpectedly questions whether his daughter should move to town, and Emily wonders how an unknown hero is thwarting the robberies across town. Throw caution to the wind and find the answers as the folks in Odyssey jump head over heels into the path of truth and discernment."
And now, here are the episode titles Bob and Jesse shared on the podcast:
Album 60 begins airing on the Odyssey Adventure Club on December 9th, comes out as a download in February and on CD in March, and finally it will air on the radio and online in late spring 2016.