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.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Kendre Berry, the voice of Marvin Washington. For this month's exclusive AIO Club episode, Unfair Game, Kendre returns to play Marvin. They discuss the character of Marvin aging and maturing, watching the AIO videos, the difference between voice acting and onscreen acting, and how his family experiences compare to the popular episode Sunday Morning Scramble. Kendre also talks about the influence his mom has had on him and his faith, how his parents met, his leap of faith and move to Los Angeles, and more. Plus, cast your vote in the Avery Awards. Check out the podcast interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Gregory Jbara, the voice of Wilson Knox, Mr. Whittaker's brother-in-law. Gregory talks about his first acting job, how his brothers also joined the entertainment industry, his awards, and auditioning for Odyssey. He also discusses recording family style with the whole cast, his appearance on the upcoming AIO Club three-parter There and Back Again, and more. You can check out the podcast interview.
Adventures in Odyssey writer and director John Fornof, frequently credited as John Beebee, has written episodes such as The Great Wishy Woz, Snow Day, Broken Window, The American Revelation and Odyssey Sings. More recently John has served as a writer, director and producer for Lamplighter Theatre, and has worked on Heirloom Audio productions as well. Now John Fornof has unfortunately been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Katie Leigh, the voice of Connie Kendall, has posted a link on her Facebook to a crowdfunding campaign where people can donate to help pay down John's health insurance deductible so he can move forward with medical treatment. Please pray for John's health and share the crowdfunding campaign.
Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! is currently airing on the radio and online, and you can check whitsend.org weekly to catch the latest episodes. But what is going to happen next on Adventures in Odyssey? Album 63: Up in the Air will be released on CD this October, and now the front cover art has just been unveiled. As you can see, it features Wooton and Penny skydiving. Album 63 will include six episodes about friendship and integrity. The episodes will be titled Find a Penny, Parts 1 & 2, Friend or Foe, Have a Heart, B-TV: Revenge, and Crash Course. You can check out the album summary below.
Things are definitely up in the air in Odyssey! First, Wooton Bassett returns from his honeymoon with two problems—Penny is missing and he’s lost his memory! While Whit, Connie, and Jason try to help Wooton find Penny, Buck Oliver rescues Jules from a crash course of disaster. And a mystery is solved only after Emily and Matthew’s friendship is threatened. You’ll learn the meaning of true friendship and integrity in six episodes of heart-changing, risk-taking adventure!
Album 63 features a new writer, Sam Suksiri, who wrote the episode B-TV: Revenge, and has previously done an episode for the AIO Club, A Perfect Testimony. Thanks to the AIO Wiki for posting this new cover artwork first.
Lamplighter Theatre, known for classic Christian audio adventures such as Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince, Charlie's Choice, and The Hedge of Thorns, as well as more recently Frozen Fire, The Haunted Room, and A 'Strordinary Little Maid, is set to record two new audio drama adaptations in May 2017. The first will be called The Giant Killer, an allegorical tale in which the giants of Sloth, Selfishness, Anger, Untruth, and Pride must all be defeated. These are battles everyone must fight with the help of God. Next will be Escape from the Eagle's Nest, a story which takes place in war-torn Afghanistan circa 1867 and follows the character Walter, who faces a moral dilemma when he fears he will be killed by his Islamic captors. You can find out more about Lamplighter Theatre at lamplightertheatre.com.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse appear in a Star Trek spoof to announce the latest Get in the Show contest to find the next AIO voice. Evan Reedall, Brock Eastman and Shona Kennedy also get involved. Make sure you take a look at the contest details. And don't forget to check out this latest video podcast.
The AIO Blog has released an interview with composer Jared DePasquale, who has done the music for multiple FOTF Radio Theatre productions, Adventures in Odyssey episodes, and more. He talks about playing the guitar when he was young, writing his own music in high school, and being influenced by John Williams' Star Wars soundtrack and Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings music. He also discusses his favorite instrument to play, how scoring audio drama differs from film, working with producer Dave Arnold, doing the music for the AIO Club's Middle Eastern episode When One Door Closes, his favorite score so far, his interest in fantasy, and much more. Check out the audio interview below.