On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer Marshal Younger about the new Album 63 episode Have a Heart. Marshal talks about the idea behind the episode, his previous role as producer for AIO, the inspiration for Elaine Washington, and the research that went into creating the show. He also discusses the comedic angle, the future of Dion, the impact a transplant has on the people involved, the importance of organ donation and more. Plus, don't forget to send in your questions about Album 63 and the future of Odyssey for a future Q&A edition of the podcast. Check out the podcast interview.
The Adventures in Odyssey cast and crew were just in Burbank, California recording new exclusive episodes for the AIO Club. A brand-new show entitled B-TV: Idolatry will have a skit in which Will Ryan and Chris Anthony reprise their roles as Madge and Guy all the way back from Album 1, and will also feature an impression of Harrison Ford/Indiana Jones. As you might be able to tell from the photo, actor Whit Hertford is back in his role of the popular character Jay Smouse. In the episode Walk Worthy, Buddy Norman runs into Jay at a faith-based scouts organization. You can watch a video of the actor on the AIO Facebook page. There's an upcoming show called Charlotte, which features Renee Carter, some backstory from Mr. Whittaker's past and deals with the topic of regret. Along with young Whit, the show also includes young Wilson Knox, Whit's wife Jenny, and Charlotte Whittaker-Knox. In the episode Mean and Green, Connie's high school rival Tiffani returns to town, and also stars Penny, Jules, Valerie and Ms. Adelaide. Olivia Parker attends a leadership conference and takes on a variety of accents in the show The New Olivia. And finally, the episode Beyond Repair features Pastor Wilson Knox helping a conflicted young woman visit her father in prison. All these episodes and more will be available exclusively on the AIO Club next year. The AIO team also had the chance to rehearse for the upcoming live show which will take place on the Focus on the Family cruise in November.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Scott Whyte, the voice of Buddy Norman's father. He talks about joining AIO, being inspired by Indiana Jones, ice hockey, working on the Mighty Ducks film, and celebrity impressions. They also discuss what it means to perform additional voices, playing the waiter in Friend or Foe, Harrison Ford's characters, working with Jess Harnell, and more. Plus, we find out Mr. Norman's first name and hear a preview of the upcoming Album 63 episode Have a Heart. Check out the podcast interview.
The AIO Wiki Podcast, hosted by Lee and Arista, has released a two-part interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer/director Nathan Hoobler and writer Sam Suksiri. They talk about Mr. Whittaker's age, Nathan's role as producer, Sam's initial job as a writer's apprentice, the live show on the upcoming Focus on the Family cruise, and listening to AIO growing up. They also discuss the Album 63 episode Friend or Foe, the return of Valerie Swanson, the relationship between Valerie and Jules, episode 825, the future of Buck and Jules, shelved episode ideas, Richard Maxwell, an upcoming Album 64 episode, and more. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the podcast interview.
The AIO Oddcast, hosted by Devon and Victoria, has released an interview with writer/director Kathy Buchanan. She talks about starting at Focus on the Family, becoming an Adventures in Odyssey writer, how the show has impacted her spiritual life, the difference between writing and directing, and being the only major female writer on the show. They also discuss romantic relationships, the future of Jay Smouse, Wooton's backstory, working on the Novacom Saga, writing AIO Club episodes, foreshadowing the events of Find a Penny in previous episodes, License to Drive and Crash Course, the Parker family, the Pool Boys, and 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 writer/director Kathy Buchanan and sound designers Nathan Jones and Christopher Diehl as they go behind the scenes on the recently aired AIO episode, Find a Penny, Part 1. They discuss the creation of the episode and give a preview about what's ahead in Part 2. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, you can hear it on whitsend.org for a limited time. In this episode Wooton Bassett returns to Odyssey from his honeymoon with two problems — Penny is missing and he’s lost his memory! As Wooton slowly remembers, Whit, Connie, and Jason piece together the story of what happened, from singing on stage with the Pool Boys to skydiving over Central America. They soon realize that Penny could be in real danger if they don’t find her soon. But the only clues to her location are buried in the depths of Wooton’s mind. Check out the podcast interview.
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.
With the release of the first books in the brand-new Blackgaard Chronicles series, there's a lot of talk lately about one of Adventures in Odyssey's most popular villains, Dr. Regis Blackgaard. But since there's little chance of Blackgaard returning to the airwaves, we thought we'd turn instead to one of AIO's more recent story arcs for our latest poll question. Album 53: The Green Ring Conspiracy first introduced fans to Mr. Skint, a villain who takes Buck Oliver under his wing. Unlike Benjamin Trask, Skint has yet to be brought to justice. Buck returned to the show in Album 58: The Ties that Bind, and the AIO writers have often said that wherever Buck is, Mr. Skint can't be far away. That's why we're asking Odyssey fans if and when they think Mr. Skint should finally return to the show. Should it be sooner or later? Should it even happen at all? You decide. Cast your vote here.
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.
It's finally time to tally the votes for the Adventures in Odyssey Update's latest poll question. We asked what your favorite Western-themed episode is. There were quite a few options to choose from, but fans seemed to gravitate to two top choices: Legacy in first place, followed by Over the Airwaves in second place.
Legacy, Parts 1 and 2 appear on Album 62: Let's Put on a Show and feature Whit, Connie, Eugene, Buck and Jules in a Western musical production. Buck Oliver plays the part of Guy Goodfellow, who makes it his mission to save the town of Santos Cuerpo from the Ingrate Inchoate Reprobate Eight. The story is set at the Timothy Center and explains the fate of Tom Riley, who last appeared in Album 50. The show features songs such as Some Little Corner of the World, Apple of My Eye, Stinky Mal Geist, Stop!, Three Cheers for a Happy Ending, and more. The episode Over the Airwaves can be found on Album 9: Just in Time and tells the story of one of Jesus' parables set in the Old West, featuring Matt and Jeremy Cartwood of the Southspoon Ranch, as well as the villains Headlock Harry, Trigger-Finger Troy, and Silver-Saddle-Slapper Stephanie. The story was later adapted for an exciting and comedic AIO live show, Live at the 25!, when Focus on the Family was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Thanks so much to everyone who could participate in this poll. A new poll question will be posted shortly.
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 Youtube channel Praise of Folly has recently released a couple of lengthy video interviews with some members of the Adventures in Odyssey team. Host Todd Lewis talks with writers Paul McCusker, Nathan Hoobler and Phil Lollar in separate interviews, totaling nearly three hours. Paul talks about Rodney Rathbone, Eugene, Passages, the Father Gilbert Mysteries, the Chronicles of Narnia, the Lord of the Rings, the new audio drama he's working on, and working with actor John Rhys-Davies. Watch the Paul McCusker interview. Nathan talks about developing the Novacom Saga, Arthur Dent, Mr. Charles, Monica Stone, the Chairman, Officer Harley, and the Room of Consequence. Check out the Nathan Hoobler interview. And Phil discusses Philip Glossman, adapting Bible stories, Star Trek, the new Blackgaard Chronicles books, the Twilife Zone, Jungle Jam and Iliad House. Watch the Phil Lollar 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!
With Adventures in Odyssey getting ready to celebrate its 30th anniversary, we thought it would be wholly appropriate to post an editorial celebrating a character who's been with us from the very beginning, Connie Kendall. The editorials page is a section on the AIO Update where we post opinion pieces about everyone's favorite audio drama, Adventures in Odyssey. This latest editorial is entitled My Girl Connie and explores Connie's longtime role on the show. We hope you enjoy! After you've read it, join in the candid conversation by writing your own Connie-related comment below.
On this week's special video edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse bring us behind-the-scenes footage with the Get in the Show contestants, followed by a celebration of 30 years of the show. Watch as the three contestants record an AIO Club episode, rehearse for the Finale event, and more. This podcast features appearances from former executive producer Chuck Bolte, writer/director Paul McCusker, writer/director Phil Lollar, executive producer Dave Arnold, and actor Katie Leigh. Check out the video below.
Audio Theatre Central has released a new podcast recorded at the 2017 Get in the Show Finale event. It features an interview with Shona Kennedy, the voice of Jules Kendall and the winner of the 2012 Get in the Show contest. Shona talks about meeting the contestants, the future of the character of Jules, and the singing group the Saguaro Sisters. Andre Stojka, the voice of Whit, talks about how being a part of the AIO team has impacted him, recording the three-part episode Life Expectancy, listening to Old Time Radio, and his audio book company. Katie Leigh, the voice of Connie, talks about joining AIO thirty years ago, the upcoming Focus on the Family cruise, and working with Shona. The episode also features interviews with fans, comedian Bob Smiley, and the three Get in the Show finalists. Check out the podcast interviews.
Plus, check out this video from Austin Peachey aka Odyssey Geek, which features photos and video from the Get in the Show Finale event.
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.
If you missed the Get in the Show livestream this past Saturday, never fear because the highlights have been compiled into a new video on whitsend.org. On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, watch the 2017 Get in the Show Finale event as Andre Stojka (voice of Whit), Katie Leigh (voice of Connie), and Shona Kennedy (voice of Jules and 2012’s winner) act alongside the three finalists and crown a winner. Check out the video podcast.
This Saturday, August 12, the Get in the Show Finale Event will take place at Focus on the Family headquarters. The top three finalists of the contest will perform live on stage alongside Katie Leigh (Connie), Andre Stojka (Whit) and Shona Kennedy (Jules). And of course, the grand prize winner will finally be selected and given the opportunity to star in an upcoming AIO episode. Adventures in Odyssey fans unable to make it to the event in Colorado Springs can watch the livestream online. Besides giving you access to everything that happens on stage, the live feed will include plenty of behind-the-scenes backstage coverage, totaling four hours of content. You can purchase a digital pass for $3.99 at streaming.whitsend.org. The Get in the Show finale kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time, which is 10:30 a.m. Eastern and 7:30 a.m. Pacific. Are you excited to find out who wins?
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse pull out all the stops to present this year's Avery Awards show, complete with Martians, robots, aliens and a mysterious meteorite. The episodes in Album 61: Without a Hitch and Album 62: Let's Put on a Show are up for consideration. We hear the winners for Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Song, Best Scene, Best Comical Pair of Characters, and Best Overall Episode. Check out the podcast episode.