On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer/director Nathan Hoobler and sound designer Jonathan Crowe about the recently-released two-part AIO Club episodes Swept Away. They talk about the challenges of having rain sound effects for an entire show, creating the scuba diving scene, and isolating the actors in the recording studio. They also discuss the musical score, the sound effects included in the flood scene without dialogue, Connie crashing through the garage door, the water sloshing sound effects, taking natural disasters seriously and more. Check out the podcast interview.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse present a free episode, Odyssey Sings! from Album 45. In this episode the show America Sings comes to the little town of Odyssey and many hopeful singers line up to audition. And afterwards, we get to hear the behind-the-scenes story about the creation of the episode. Check out the podcast and free episode.
The digital download of Album 63: Up in the Air in now available for preorder from Amazon, and that means fans can listen to a 30-second preview of each of the six episodes included, all the way from Find a Penny to Crash Course. Plus, we can now confirm that Album 63 will contain three bonus tracks: the full song of "I'm In The Deep End Over You," the behind-the-scenes story of the episode Have a Heart, and an extra sketch called Roman AD Agency that couldn't be included in the episode B-TV: Revenge. Album 63 comes out on the AIO Club this month, digital download in August, and on CD in September. Check out the episode previews.
The next Imagination Station book, Inferno in Tokyo, is set to be released this October. But now we know where the series is headed after that. Book 21 will feature a story in 1920s New York and will be entitled Adventure in the Big Apple. The book will be released in March 2018 and the cover art has just been unveiled. (Credit to the AIO Wiki for posting this first). The artwork appears to be different style than previous Imagination Station books, but the story inside is written by Marianne Hering, an author who has been writing for the series since book one. Check out the book's summary:
The adventure continues as Patrick and Beth end up in New York City in 1928 as inventor Nikola Tesla is embroiled in a patent conflict with fellow inventor Thomas Edison.
Audio Theatre Central has released a new interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Phil Lollar. He talks about his view of John Avery Whittaker, the role of the new character Renee Carter, and Jungle Jam. Phil also discusses the crew behind his audio drama Iliad House, the meaning behind some of the character's names, the recording and editing process, the importance of good directing, the episode lengths, creating the catchphrase Jupiter's Moons, the future of Iliad House and much more. Listen to the podcast interview.
Today the AIO Update is proud to reveal the title and cover art for another upcoming release from Adventures in Odyssey, Album 64. The new album will be entitled Under the Surface and will be released on CD in April 2018. Thanks to Focus on the Family for this news update. Album 64 will contain a total of six episodes about heroes, secrets, and more. The artwork by Gary Locke features Wooton, Penny, Whit and Eugene on what looks like an exciting underwater adventure. If April 2018 seems like a long ways away, just remember that Album 63: Up in the Air is scheduled to come out on the AIO Club this month and on CD in September.
It's time for another poll question, but this time its the AIO team that wants your feedback. The first stage of voting for the Get in the Show contest is now open. From now until July 8, Adventures in Odyssey fans can watch the video auditions of the fifty quarter-finalists who all made it to the first round. The ultimate winner of the contest will get to voice a character on AIO. You only have one vote, so make sure you watch all fifty videos before you make your decision. The second round of voting is from July 10 to 14, and the third round of Get in the Show is from July 17 to 24. Vote now!
If you've seen the cover of Adventures in Odyssey's most recent album release, Album 62: Let's Put on a Show, you know the artwork has a Western theme. The album features a two-parter called Legacy in which the characters in Odyssey put on a skit set in the Wild West and sing a load of songs. That's what inspired this latest poll question: What is your favorite Western-style episode that AIO has made? We've included quite a few options to choose from to make sure nothing significant was left out. A Single Vote is a story about the amazing impact on the history of Texas that Jamison Shoemaker has in 1837, The Ill-Gotten Deed follows twin brothers Horace and Grover McAlister as they race to claim their inheritance, Over the Airwaves and Live at the 25! feature Matt Cartwood of the Southspoon Ranch, Arizona Sunrise follows the adventures of circuit rider James Klinger and the episode Buried Sin uncovers the tragic tale of a gun accidentally going off and killing Dwayne Oswald's ancestor. Called On in Class features the story of Trent DeWhite's ancestor Abel McAlister's speech impediment, The Mystery at Tin Flat is when the Washington family explore a ghost town, A Class Reenactment has Trent and Mandy playing the parts of Wolfgang and Bertha in a radio play directed by Edwin Blackgaard, The Lone Lawman features Jason playing the part of a law enforcement agent chasing down criminals in the Wild West, The Feud of Mason County has Whit stumble upon two warring families in the country, and finally Legacy has Buck Oliver playing the part of Guy Goodfellow as he saves the town of Santos Cuerpo from the Reprobate Eight. Which Western episode is your favorite? Vote here.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview new writer Sam Suksiri. He talks about listening to AIO as a kid before he went to sleep, his interest in architecture, becoming a writer, studying at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre and starting at Odyssey as a writer apprentice. He also discusses teaching robotics, doing research on the show, winning competitions, cartooning, writing for audio drama, the idea behind the episode The Perfect Testimony, a sneak peek at the upcoming Album 63 episode B-TV: Revenge and more. Check out the podcast interview.
It's about time to add to the editorials page at the AIO Update, a section in which we post original opinion pieces about Adventures in Odyssey. This latest editorial discusses a recent trend that has arisen in the world of AIO, and looks back to some of the different types of episodes that were produced when the show was just getting started. The editorial is entitled A Classic Act and it lists nine ideas from the past that could be integrated into modern AIO. After you've read it, let us know what you thought in the comments section below.
The Odyssey ScoopCast has now released the third and final part of their interview with Phil Lollar, Adventures in Odyssey writer, director and co-creator. He talks about writing on the current issues he's passionate about, being influenced by Star Trek, the post-modern culture, changing views, and conversion. Phil also discusses The Ties that Bind, the lost homeschooling episode, staying true to the Bible, good quality storytelling, upcoming episodes exploring basic Christian concepts with the character Renee Carter, redemption, wisdom from The Lord of the Rings, and more. Listen to the podcast interview.
The trailer for Lamplighter Theatre's upcoming release The Giant Killer is now online. Check out the audio drama's summary: "The battle continues to rage, moment by moment and day by day. But must we meet the enemy blindfolded? In order to conquer, we must face the enemy; to crush opposition, we must see the real foe. Through this allegorical tale, we’ll be better equipped to recognize and slay the Giants who confront us. We’ll break through the web of Sloth, climb out of the pit of Selfishness, choke up the fount of Anger, flee the lurking-place of Untruth, and triumph over our enemy, Pride. Join faithful knight Fides as he takes on life’s battle and follows Lady Wisdom. Through her strength and guidance, he unleashes the power to attempt the impossible! If you feel that you have nothing firm upon which to lay hold, grasp the strong cord of Love as your means of safety and deliverance." It is available for preorder.
The votes have been cast for the AIO Update's latest Adventures in Odyssey poll question and we now have the final results. We asked fans about their favorite Twilife Zone episode, a wacky Kids' Radio spoof of the television series The Twilight Zone. Rarely do a majority of AIO fans agree, but for this poll question over 54% of voters declared that My Girl Hallie is the best of the Twilife Zone episodes produced so far.
My Girl Hallie is on Album 41 and is the most recent Twilife Zone episode. It aired in 2004, sixteen years after Missed It By That Much in 1988. In this episode Joey Patrick gets a new computer named Hallie that can talk. Joey is understandably excited about the possibilities ahead, but things quickly get out of hand. Written by Bob Hoose and Nathan Hoobler, this is the only Twilife Zone episode to credit two writers instead of one. But believe it or not, the fans also had a part to play in writing this particular show. Two different endings were produced for the episode and fans got a chance to vote on which one would be included in the story. If you own Album 41 or are a member of the AIO Club, you can actually hear both of the endings recorded. The club gives you and your family unlimited streaming of every Odyssey episode, plus access to exclusive episodes not available anywhere else, exclusive videos and a whole lot more content. Head to aioclub.org to find out more. A new AIO Update poll question will be coming shortly.
The Odyssey ScoopCast has just released the second part of their new interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Phil Lollar. In this edition of the podcast he talks about directing episodes written by other people, his strategy of going into the studio prepared, recording the songs for the Album 62 episode Legacy, and working with composer John Campbell. Phil also discusses the Saguaro Sisters, Shona Kennedy, Will Ryan, live performances and more. Listen to the podcast interview.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, the AIO team is here to answer questions from the fans. Writers and directors Nathan Hoobler, Dave Arnold, Kathy Buchanan, Bob Hoose and Phil Lollar gather together to discuss the idea behind The Grass is Always Greener, recording Legacy in the studio, the return of Tom Riley's sister Becky, Mr. Whittaker's step-sister Charlotte, and Album 63. They also talk about the future of Wooton and Penny, the upcoming episode Crash Course, the Blackgaard Chronicles book series, upcoming villains, the writing process, the Get in the Show contest, and more. Check out the podcast.
The Blackgaard Chronicles is a brand-new book series based on the escapades of Dr. Regis Blackgaard, an infamous Adventures in Odyssey villain and longtime nemesis of Mr. Whittaker. The books will of course feature scenes that happened in the radio drama, but they will also explore never-before-revealed events which went on behind the scenes. If you thought you knew the whole Blackgaard story, be prepared to find out a whole lot more. The first novel, titled Opening Moves, is written by AIO co-creator Phil Lollar and will be released in stores in September. Are you planning on picking up a copy? Let us know in the comments section.
The Odyssey ScoopCast has released a new podcast interview with writer/director Phil Lollar. He talks about leaving Adventures in Odyssey, going back to school to acquire some university degrees, returning to the AIO team after a long absence, and his perspective on the character Mr. Whittaker. Phil also discusses working with other writers, creating new characters, the animated video series, listening to the AIO episodes that were created during his absence, Whit's similarities to Aslan from Narnia, introducing the new character Renee D. Carter, and much more. Check out the podcast interview .
The Adventures in Odyssey Bible, which the AIO producers announced on an edition of the Official Podcast earlier this year, is almost here. The Bible will be using the text of the New International Readers Version and will include extras such as Candid Conversations with Connie, devotionals, and over three hundred references to AIO episodes. Thanks to the AIO Wiki and whitsend.org for posting all this information first. A preview of the AIO Bible will appear on the AIO Club in July and the book will be available in stores this summer. Check out the official summary:
Discover the great adventure of knowing God and following Jesus everyday with the new Adventures in Odyssey NIRV Bible from Focus on the Family. Join Whit and Connie as they apply what the Bible can mean to you. Explore word searches with Jason, uncover fun facts with Wooton and learn about the books of the Bible from Eugene. Plus, jump into the Imagination Station and see your favorite bible stories come to life in comic book action. Your favorite friends from Odyssey will have you wanting to read the Bible more!
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, watch as the cast of the musical two-parter Legacy, from Album 62, have fun in the studio, perform their lines, and sing the various songs for the show. Shona Kennedy (voice of Jules), Robby Bruce (voice of Buck), Pat Fraley (voice of Karno Westcott), Andre Stojka (voice of Whit), Will Ryan (voice of Eugene) and director Phil Lollar are among those featured. You can check out the video podcast below.
It's been a year, and that means it's time to vote in the 2017 Avery Awards, named of course as a tribute to John Avery Whittaker. Episodes from both Album 61: Without a Hitch and Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! are up for consideration. You can choose the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Script, Best Song, Best Comical Pair of Characters and more. Plus, you can also tell the Adventures in Odyssey team what you liked best about Albums 61 and 62, as well as the things you didn't like as much. You can vote here.