Adventures in Odyssey's latest release Album 63: Up in the Air has been available on the AIO Club since the summer, and is also for sale on CD and digital download. But now the album has finally premiered on the radio and on whitsend.org. The first episode of Album 63, Find a Penny, Part 1, airs today. In this episode Wooton Bassett returns to Odyssey from his honeymoon with two problems – Penny is missing and he's lost his memory. Part 2 will air next week. All six episodes of Album 63 will air over the coming weeks, and will include adventures such as B-TV: Revenge, Jules taking driving lessons in the episode Crash Course, and more. Make sure you remember to keep checking back at whitsend.org every week to listen to the latest show because the episodes will only stay online for streaming for seven days.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Earl Boen, the voice of popular AIO villain Dr. Regis Blackgaard, and writer/director Phil Lollar. They talk about the creation of Whit's nemesis, what inspired the character, casting Earl Boen, and the Blackgaard story arc. They also discuss being flexible in the recording studio, developing the Blackgaard Chronicles book series, the research that went into writing the books, how they fit together with the audio drama, how many titles will be in the series, the battle of good versus evil, and much more. Plus, we hear a preview from Album 63: Up in the Air. Check out the podcast interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview the creators of the new Adventures in Odyssey Bible. Editor Liz Duckworth and Focus on the Family Vice President of Content and Product Development and Integration Bob DeMoss discuss the vision for this new AIO edition of the Bible, how the characters from Odyssey will be integrated into the pages of the book, working with comic book artist Sergio Cariello on 32 pages of artwork, and the tough deadline they were working with. They also talked about considerations that went into how the Bible would look and feel, experiencing the Bible as kids, where you can find it in stores, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
The first book in the Blackgaard Chronicles book series, called Opening Moves, is now available for purchase. And that means the next title in the series is just around the corner. Book 2 will be called Pawn's Play and be released soon. And now thanks to Focus on the Family we can reveal the high resolution cover art, as well as the book's summary. This next book written by Phil Lollar follows the dealings of Richard Maxwell, which you can listen to in the episode Eugene's Dilemma. But of course the Blackgaard Chronicles book series includes so much more behind-the-scenes information that was left out of the audio drama. Check out the summary:
Striking From the Shadows, Blackgaaard Makes His Move!
As Adventures in Odyssey celebrates 30 years of being on the radio, the AIO team wants to get the fans involved with a new special collection of episodes. This upcoming set will be called Fan Favorites and will feature the listeners' favorite shows. But the episodes haven't been selected yet because Focus on the Family is waiting for your feedback. They have posted a survey where you can vote for your top five episodes. You can also let them know your favorite character, scene, album, and quote. And finally, fans can talk about their experiences growing up with AIO, how the show has impacted them, and mention which old characters they wish appeared in the new episodes. Take the fan survey.
It's been almost a month since we revealed the cover art and title of Album 64: Under the Surface. And now today fans can finally read the album's summary. (Thanks to the AIO Wiki for getting to this news first). Album 64, which will contain six episodes, releases on CD in April 2018. You can read all about the exciting shows coming up on Adventures in Odyssey in the album summary below.
A scuba-diving adventure leads to an unlikely investigation as Wooton and Penny try to find the owner of a camera they discovered at the bottom of Trickle Lake. And that’s not the only long-hidden secret being uncovered in Odyssey!
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.
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.
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 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 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!
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.
Writer and director Paul McCusker, who previously worked on Adventures in Odyssey, has just produced another audio drama for Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. The first production, Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, was released last year. And now the latest story, The Trials of Saint Patrick is available in a 4-CD set, which includes a 24-page discussion guide. You can check out the trailer and also read the summary below.
The Trials of Saint Patrick is the epic story of one man’s spiritual odyssey through hardship, loss, mercy, and forgiveness. Dramatized with a fresh boldness by the Augustine Institute Radio Theatre, the characters will come alive through the talents of dozens of accomplished, award-winning actors, combined with cinematic sound effects and music. Your imagination will be quickened. Your heart will be inspired.
A big thanks to Audio Theatre Central for posting this news first.
If you're not a member of the AIO Club and you haven't yet picked up a copy of Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! on CD or digital download, today is an exciting day. The first episode of Album 62, Connie the Counselor, airs today on the radio and online. In this episode Eugene reluctantly agrees to allow Connie to test out her budding counseling skills on him for a psychology class assignment. Meanwhile, Buck and Jules try to find something to keep them entertained around Odyssey. All six episodes of Album 62 will be airing over the coming weeks. The finale, titled Legacy, Part 2, will air on May 6th. But make sure you keep checking back at whitsend.org every week to keep up because episodes only stay online for seven days.
Book 19 in the popular Imagination Station series, Light in the Lions' Den, appeared in stores last month. That means its time to look ahead to see what the series has in store for the future. We now know that the next installment in the book series will be titled Inferno in Tokyo, and will follow Patrick and Beth as they enter 1920s Japan. And we also have access to the dramatic front cover artwork, featuring a flaming tornado. The book has been written by Marianne Hering and will be released in October. You can check out the story's summary below:
The Imagination Station has been malfunctioning for several adventures now, handing out the wrong gifts and traveling unexpected paths. Patrick and Beth must use their courage, strength, and resilience to help others and survive dangers as they travel through time and space and get caught up in the 1923 earthquake, tsunami, and fire that devastated Tokyo, Japan.
Also, this April Adventures in Odyssey will be re-releasing its 90 Devotions of Kids in a quality imitation leather edition, which was previously available only in paperback.
In 2012 Adventures in Odyssey celebrated its 25th anniversary and held its first Get in the Show contest, in which kids were invited to send in their auditions to be an actor on the show. Shona Kennedy won the contest and appeared as Jules Kendall, Connie's half-sister, on Album 57, as well as subsequent episodes. Now Focus on the Family is launching the Get in the Show contest again this year for AIO's 30th anniversary. Kids ages 6 to 15 can audition for a chance to win a trip for four to the Bahamas during the Focus on the Family 40th Anniversary Cruise in November 2017. During the cruise, the grand prize winner will perform live with Adventures in Odyssey actors during the 30th Birthday Live Show. Audition submissions will be accepted starting June 1, 2017. This contest is only open to residents of the United States. Check out the full contest rules here.
Adventures in Odyssey is also releasing a new CD sampler this year titled Get in the Show! and will include three full episodes and a bonus track featuring the Get in the Show theme song by musician Phil Joel. The episodes included on the CD will be about relationships, friendship and compassion.
Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! is now available in stores on CD. You can get it for $10.99 on CBD or $14.54 on Amazon. And that means the album's back cover design has been completed. From the image you can see that each episode has its theme listed. On this CD set you'll find episodes about relationships, compassion, family, contentment, new beginnings, and spiritual preparedness. Plus, there are deleted scenes and extra songs included in the bonus features. Are you collecting Adventures in Odyssey albums on CD? Let us know how you listen to AIO in the comments below.
It's less than a month until Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! airs on the radio and online on April 1st, but that doesn't mean it's too early to be looking ahead to Album 63. The title of Album 63 has just been revealed to be: Up in the Air. It will include a total of six episodes about "friendship and compassion." The CD will be released on October 17, 2017, but will likely begin airing on the AIO Club this summer. So far we know that the first episode will be called Find a Penny. You can also read Album 63: Up in the Air's 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 62: Let's Put on a Show! aired on the Adventures in Odyssey Club in December, and it is now finally available via digital download. Here's the album summary: "Jules Kendall feels like she's in the spotlight and has to live up to everyone's expectations. Buck Oliver pretends to understand Eugene and Katrina's faith. A mysterious visitor to the antique shop isn't all he seems as he searches for a clue to a father's final words. And a group of traveling singers put on the rootin-est, tootin-est, Wild Westiest musical extravaganza Odyssey has ever seen! Sit back and enjoy the show!" The digital download contains six episodes and four bonus tracks, including a deleted scene. You can purchase Album 62 for $9.99 from iTunes, $9.99 from Focus on the Family, and $6.99 from Amazon. The two-disc CD set will release in March and the first episode will air on the radio and online April 1st.