On the latest edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast hosts Bob and Jesse go behind-the-scenes of the new AIO Club episode The World of Whitonia. They interview Jamieson Price, the voice behind Professor Astan Lebernis. He discusses what it's like to play goofy characters vs. realistic ones, working with the Adventures in Odyssey team, matching his voice to animation, and the accent he uses in The World of Whitonia. He also talks about working with writer/director Phil Lollar, acting alongside the voice of Renee Carter, how he got started with acting, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast has released an interview with the cast of the sequel to the classic Christmas episode Gifts for Madge and Guy, which just aired on the AIO Club. Actors Will Ryan and Chris Anthony Lansdowne talk about recording family-style, returning to the characters of Madge and Guy, and what makes Adventures in Odyssey unique. They also discuss the various projects they're involved with, voice acting for video games, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
Adventures in Odyssey currently releases twenty-four new episodes a year, twelve exclusively on the AIO Club and twelve on two albums with six episodes each. Album 66: Trial by Fire recently wrapped up with the epic three-part episode The Long End, which focused on Buck Oliver and the Meltsners. Album 67: More Than Meets the Eye is currently available on the AIO Club and will be in stores this fall. Next comes Album 68, which will be called Out of the Blue. The cover artwork has now been revealed, thanks to the AIOWiki. The woman on the right of the picture seems to be Jillian Marshall, a character who's been on the show for about a year now.
Here's the album summary: "Jaws drop and eyes are opened at the surprises happening around the town of Odyssey. Everyone is finding or learning something unexpected! When Connie’s roommate Jillian sets out to find a job, the hunt takes her all over town. But whether it’s destroying a window display at Triple J Antiques, causing chaos at Odyssey General Hospital, or trying her hand at meteorology, she just can’t catch a break. Will she ever find the perfect fit for her unique skills? Meanwhile, Penny and Wooton have a wonderful surprise to share when her parents come for a visit—if they can ever find the right time to tell them. And Wyatt resorts to using extraordinary methods when he uses a lie detector to show his sister Bridget how much he misses hanging out with her. But the biggest surprises won’t be revealed until you listen to these six adventures. Don’t miss a single twist, turn, or bombshell in Odyssey!"
Do you have opinions about the audio drama Adventures in Odyssey? Now is your chance to let Focus on the Family know what you think of the show. You can currently take part in an online survey at whitsend.org/survey to express your thoughts about your favorite (and least favorite) characters, future plot lines about characters potentially moving away from Odyssey, and more. Plus, there's an opportunity in the survey for you to suggest plot lines and stories for future episodes. This survey could have an impact on the direction the AIO team takes the show in future albums in the years to come, so make sure to take the time to have your voice heard. Check out whitsend.org/survey.
The Imagination Station books, one of Adventures in Odyssey's many spin-off series, began nine years ago and is still going strong. This October the last book in the three-part story arc about the American Civil War, titled Rescue on the River, will be released. But what's next for the series you may ask? We now know that the following book, set to be released in April 2020, will be called Poison at the Pump. The cover art has already been completed. Thanks to the AIOWiki for the head's up. Here's the book's summary: "Beth and Patrick travel back in time to London, England 1854 when a cholera epidemic broke out. The cousins meet Dr. John Snow, Florence Nightingale, and Curate Henry Whitehead as they try to figure out why this disease was killing people around Broad Street. Can the cousins help Curate Whitehead put together the clues to keep this deadly disease from spreading before it's too late?" Poison at the Pump is available for preorder and will be the 25th book in the Imagination Station series.
Kathy Buchanan has been part of the Adventures in Odyssey team since 1999. Perhaps you know her best from the countless fan favorites she's written over the years, such as Green Eyes and Yellow Tulips, Do or Diet, Sunday Morning Scramble, For Better or For Worse, and One More Name. This weekend we received some very sad news. On Friday, August 2nd, Kathy's husband Sean died in a traffic accident. Sean leaves behind his wife – Kathy, and daughters: Jasyln – age 15, Maleah – age 12, Bella – age 10, and two adopted sons: Michal – age 8 and Divin – age 6. It's at times like these that we need to come together to show our support. Recently a GoFundMe campaign was set up called the Sean Buchanan Memorial Fund to cover various costs to help the family through this tragedy. Please pray for Kathy and her family and consider sharing and donating to the crowdfunding campaign.
On the latest edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Robby Bruce, the voice of Buck Oliver, who first appeared in Album 53: The Green Conspiracy. Robby talks about his first recording session on AIO, working alongside actor David Selby (Mr. Skint), as well as his personal faith journey and his relationship with God. Robby also discusses getting into character, using a southern accent, working with actor Will Ryan (Eugene Meltsner), talking with the sound designers, an upcoming musical episode, Buck and Jules, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
In June of this year the AIO Club released the episode Take Every Thought Captive, in which Valerie Swanson enters the Inspiration Station and finds herself in a strange city that's oddly familiar, yet unlike anything she's ever experienced before. And now the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast has put out an interview with sound designer Jonathan Crowe who worked on this episode. Hosts Bob and Jesse talk to Jonathan about the original idea behind the episode, the difficulties in bringing the sound design to life, Allison Sharpe's performance, and more. They also discuss editing down the show to the right length, the train station scene, working with writer Sam Suksiri, and some of the surprising sounds in this particular show. Check out the podcast interview.
Audio Theatre Central has announced that the second annual Seneca Awards broadcast will be airing this Friday, July 26 at 7 PM Pacific Time/10 PM Eastern. This awards show recognizes excellence in the world of family-friendly audio drama. Categories include Best Script, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Original Score, Best New Show, and more. Last year the three-part AIO Club episode One More Name (Season 4) won the award for Best Script. Cristina Vee, who voiced the character of Irena Sendler in that episode, won Best Leading Actress. This year's nominations include Adventures in Odyssey's Album 64: Under the Surface for Best Cover Art, the episode The Toy (Album 65) for Best Script, David and Absalom (Album 64) for Best Original Score, Andre Stojka (Whit) for Best Supporting Actor in the episode Charlotte (Season 5), Phil Proctor (Detective Polehaus) for Best Leading Actor in The Toy, and Jim Custer (Young Whit) for Best Leading Actor in Charlotte. Guest presenters Dave Arnold and Phil Lollar will appear on this year's award show. This Friday you can join the live stream at thesenecas.org.
New episodes from Adventures in Odyssey are on the way. Album 67: More Than Meets the Eye is currently airing on the AIO Club and will be available on CD and digital download this fall. And now thanks to Amazon and CBD, we know the title and summary of Album 68. This next album will be called Out of the Blue and is available for preorder already. Here's the summary: "Jaws drop and eyes are opened at the surprises happening around the town of Odyssey. Everyone is finding or learning something unexpected! When Connie’s roommate Jillian sets out to find a job, the hunt takes her all over town. But whether it’s destroying a window display at Triple J Antiques, causing chaos at Odyssey General Hospital, or trying her hand at meteorology, she just can’t catch a break. Will she ever find the perfect fit for her unique skills? Meanwhile, Penny and Wooton have a wonderful surprise to share when her parents come for a visit—if they can ever find the right time to tell them. And Wyatt resorts to using extraordinary methods when he uses a lie detector to show his sister Bridget how much he misses hanging out with her. But the biggest surprises won’t be revealed until you listen to these six adventures. Don’t miss a single twist, turn, or bombshell in Odyssey!"
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, the writers behind the show arrive to answer your questions about Albums 66, 67, and more. Writer Paul McCusker talks about The Long End, Parts 1-3, and what's next for Buck Oliver. Executive producer Dave Arnold, producer Nathan Hoobler, writers/directors Kathy Buchanan, and Phil Lollar discuss the upcoming episodes in Album 67, Morrie's scheming, writing goofs, returning characters, Wooton and Penny's future, Buck and Jules, and more. Plus, we hear a preview of Album 67. Check out the official podcast interview.
Adventures in Odyssey albums have had many iterations of cover artwork over the years. In more recent times artist Gary Locke has taken over, redoing the art for all the old albums and giving the AIO a consistent look. This has kept the album art looking fresh, despite the fact that the show has been running for over thirty years now. But sometimes it takes a few tries to get the art just right. For example, Gary Locke has done multiple versions of Album 2: The Wildest Summer Ever and Album 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes. In our latest editorial, A Change of Art, we discuss a number of album covers that could be updated to better reflect the albums they represent. What would make the perfect cover for Album 1: The Adventure Begins? What about something to replace the random swimming pool party that shows up on Album 55: The Deep End or something good to introduce the beginning of the Novacom Saga on Album 35: The Big Picture? Check out our ideas in Editorial 36.
John Avery Whittaker has been voiced by a number of different actors over the years. Hal Smith was the first Whit, replaced by Paul Herlinger in 1996, followed by Andre Stojka in 2009. But we've had another actor on the show who's been voicing Mr. Whittaker longer than anyone else. Jim Custer began voicing young adult Whit in the 1989 episode Rescue from Manatugo Point. He last played Whit in the 2018 episode Charlotte. That's nearly 30 thirty years of voicing the same character. Jim Custer passed away on May 5, 2019. On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, the AIO team gets together to remember working with Jim over the years. Former executive producer Chuck Bolte, writer/director Bob Hoose, and actor Gary Reed (voice of Jeff Lewis) are interviewed. They share stories about knowing Jim before Adventures in Odyssey, his Christian witness, and the Jeremiah People. They also talk about Jim's ability to serve and connect with people, his sense of humor, being on Odyssey and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
On the latest edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview actor Zach Callison, the first voice of Matthew Parker. Zach recently appeared as a new character on Album 66: Trial by Fire. He talks about what he's been working on outside of AIO, running into other actors from the show, and playing one of the bad guys in The Long End. He also discusses protecting his voice while acting, what superpower he would want to have, the hardest scenes to do, and much more. Plus, you can now vote in this year's Avery Awards. Check out the podcast interview.
The AIO Blog has just released a new, lengthy interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker. He talks about his current job creating radio dramas at the Augustine Institute, working on his latest audio production about Robin Hood and the themes involved, and what's next in store from AIR Theatre. Paul also discusses writing The Long End in Album 66, playing Glossman, the Passages series, ideas for Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, working on the Father Gilbert Mysteries, his many projects, and much more. You can check out the audio interview below.
Adventures in Odyssey is an audio drama about a small midwestern town where the grandfatherly character of John Avery Whittaker entertains the kids of Odyssey with flashy inventions, sage advice, and plenty of ice cream. But in the world of AIO there's more excitement going on under the surface. Secret agents roam around behind the scenes, seeking to foil the plots of nefarious villains, from Novacom to the Green Ring conspirators. Spies like Jason Whittaker get themselves involved in some pretty dark situations as they fight for justice. But can we reconcile that with the other messages AIO teaches? What about the importance of telling the truth? That's what we discuss in our latest editorial, which is entitled The Spy Who Lied to Me. Can you be a Christian and a spy at the same time? How has Adventures in Odyssey dealt with this issue? Check out the editorial and then leave your thoughts down in the comments below.
Writer and director Paul McCusker has been away from Adventures in Odyssey for a few years now. But as the creator of the Green Ring Conspiracy, it was only right that Paul should return to bring that story arc to a satisfying conclusion in The Long End, Parts 1-3. These episodes recently aired on the radio as part of Album 66: Trial by Fire. Now the Official Podcast, hosted by Bob and Jesse, has released an interview with Paul about these new episodes. Paul McCusker discusses how far he had planned ahead, being inspired by Oliver Twist, and Mr. Skint's character. He is also joined by actor David Selby, who voiced Jebidiah Skint on the show. Paul talks about Buck and Jules' relationship, the possibility of redemption for Mr. Skint, the new character in The Long End, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
The first episode of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast came out in September 2006, almost thirteen years ago. The show has gone on to release 300 episodes, featuring AIO news and interviews, and is still going strong. Now Focus on the Family is launching a new podcast about Average Boy, one of Clubhouse Magazine's favorite characters. The Official Average Boy Podcast will be hosted by Jesse Florea, who also hosts the Official AIO Podcast, and comedian Bob Smiley. According to the description, the podcast will encourage children and parents to laugh and learn about God together. The 13 episodes of season 1 cover topics such as technology, reading the Bible, handling peer pressure, finding identity in Christ, sibling relationships and being part of God's body. You can listen to the podcast promo.
Since moving on from Focus on the Family a few years ago, former Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker has been producing audio dramas for the Augustine Institute. His new production is entitled The Legends of Robin Hood and is now available for purchase on Amazon and AIR Theatre. It comes out on May 20th, just a few days from now. Here's the summary: "Hero. Outlaw. Faithful. Rogue. Champion. Vigilante. How do you fight for justice when the laws are unjust? Where are the lines between a righteous cause and hate-filled revenge? The child of a reputable family and a faithful son of the Church, Robert of Locksley had no intention of becoming an outlaw. But the relentless cruelty and tyranny by the elite nobility of England demanded that someone rise up to give answer. And so Robert of Locksley became Robin Hood, a man thrown into a fierce struggle to balance his deep faith with a call to action in a violent age. Featuring over 60 actors, cinematic sound and original music, The Legends of Robin Hood is an exciting 12-part audio drama from the award-winning Augustine Institute. Bold and inspiring, the Augustine Institute's audio dramas take storytelling to a whole new level of sound that quickens the imagination and inspires the heart."
The Legends of Robin Hood features six hours of entertainment. Previous Augustine Institute productions include Brother Francis, Trials of Saint Patrick, and Ode to Saint Cecilia.
On the latest edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview actor Dan Hagen, who stars in the new AIO Club episode called Rumpelstiltskin: A Wee Little Tale. Dan talks about coming in to play a new character from the Holstein family, the late Kenneth Mars, ad-libbing and having fun in the studio, method acting, and getting the German accent right. They also discuss playing a dog in a play, listening to the final cut of the episode, playing Jacques Henri, and more. Plus we get to hear a preview of the new Rumpelstiltskin episode, staring Jay Smouse. You can check out the podcast interview.