The nineteenth poll question at the AIO Update has closed and the final results are in. Fans were asked what their favorite Bernard Walton flashback episode was and they chose Prequels of Love from Album 48: Moment of Truth. You can listen to The Conscientious Cross-Guard on Album 13 and The Girl in the Sink on Album 42.
The episode Prequels of Love aired just before Valentine's Day in 2007 and is full of comedic moments. We get to hear Bernard meeting his wife Maude while she's dressed in a chicken costume, and then his subsequent choking incident. The episode not only adds to Bernard's backstory, it also delves into the love lives of John and Jenny Whittaker, and Doris and Bart Rathbone. Thanks for participating in this poll. And you can always leave your own suggestions for future poll questions.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Natalie Babbitt Taylor, the voice of Jenny Roberts. She talks about working in theater, getting contacted by Focus on the Family, playing a blind character, recording the exciting three-part episode The Perfect Witness, and her favorite shows. She also discusses performing at various Disneyland locations, working at a Christian school, advice for kids interested in pursuing acting, and much more. Plus, we hear a clip of the new Odyssey Adventure Club episode The Good Soil. Check out the podcast interview.
Actor Alan Young, the one and only voice of Jack Allen on Adventures in Odyssey for eighteen years, has passed away. He appears in nearly 100 episodes and his exceptional voice talent will live on for as long as people still listen to AIO. Besides playing the beloved, calm and gracious grandfatherly character Jack Allen, you'll also recognize him as Donovan, Jason's boss at the NSA in the epic two-parter A Name, Not a Number (Album 22), the Mystic Mountain Lion in The Great Wishy Woz (Album 35), and Mr. Welch in It's a Pokenberry Christmas (Album 31). Alan Young was interviewed on two editions of the Official Podcast. You can listen to him on Episode 38 and Episode 173.
It's been three months since Book 17: In Fear of the Spear came out, in which readers had the chance to follow Patrick and Beth on an intense adventure in the Amazon jungle. And now there's more news on the 18th book in the Imagination Station series, which releases in October 2016. It will be called Trouble on the Orphan Train. Here's the summary: "Patrick and Beth arrive on an orphan train, heading west. They befriend an orphan who is falsely accused of being part of a train robbery. No one will adopt the child. Patrick and Beth stay with their new friend until the end of the line. All the while, they search for Eugene, who is missing somewhere in time." As you can tell from the cover art, this next book promises to be every bit as exciting as the previous installments in the series. Do you read the Imagination Station books? Write a comment down below. What do you think of this latest cover design?
The Eugene Sings musical albums were originally released in 2005, around the same time that the Adventures in Odyssey episode Odyssey Sings aired. But these two special albums, which together contain a total of 36 songs (including two bonus songs), have been unavailable for a few years now. That could change, however, if fans of Eugene Meltsner and his ukulele tunes make their voices heard now. Audio Theatre Central has put together a poll where you can declare your support for Eugene Sings to be re-released. After you've voted, take the time to share the poll online to make as many AIO fans as possible aware of this opportunity. With enough support, these musical albums could very well be made available once again. So make sure to check out the poll question.
Heirloom Audio Productions has been releasing high quality audio dramas based on G.A. Henty's epic adventure books over the last few years, with titles like Under Drake's Flag, In Freedom's Cause, With Lee in Virginia, and The Dragon and the Raven. Now comes their fifth installment in the series: Beric the Briton. This tale of the Roman invasion of ancient Britannia remains one of G.A. Henty’s most popular novels of all time. Join Beric and his best friend Bodouc as they live the adventure of a lifetime – captured by the Romans, trained as gladiators, and placed in the service of Emperor Nero himself! When the story of a mysterious “Christus” begins to circulate the Roman Empire, Beric and Bodouc are forced to confront their pagan past. Will the two young prisoners be able to overcome their thirst for revenge and discover the source of true forgiveness? You can order your own copy as a CD or digital download at bericthebriton.com.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse are joined by the show's two producers Dave Arnold and Nathan Hoobler, as well as writer/director Kathy Buchanan, to answer the fans' questions about the latest season and the future of the AIO. They talk about Wooton's new house, what's next for Whit's daughter Jana, the title of Album 62, an upcoming adventure with Buck Oliver and the Meltsner family, and the future of Jason Whittaker. They also discuss Bernard Walton's appearance on a recent Odyssey Adventure Club exclusive episode, the possibility of a new books series featuring young John Avery Whittaker and Jack Allen, and the Avery Awards. Check out the audio podcast.
Adventures in Odyssey has been around for nearly 30 years and one of its latest initiatives is the Odyssey Adventure Club, where you can stream any episode on-demand. Austin Peachey of the AIO Blog has put together a video tour of the OAC for fans of the popular audio drama. For those AIO listeners not already in the club, you'll get a chance to see the many exclusive episodes that are now available on the OAC, plus all the hours of extra content. You can watch that video tour below. The AIO Blog has also just announced a contest where you can win a free copy of a sampler CD called The Dropbox, which features an exclusive OAC episode, as well as The Chosen One, Parts 1-2 from Album 47. Find out how to enter when you check out the contest details.
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.