A hiatus is defined as a temporary gap, pause, break or absence. Adventures In Odyssey has gone on hiatuses in the past, most recently between Albums 50 and 51 while the team searched for the next voice actor to play Mr. Whittaker. Now the AIO Update, which was created over five years ago, will be going on a little hiatus of our own. For the next few months we unfortunately won’t be making regular posts with AIO news, interviews, or editorials. But as you probably know, there are plenty of other places online to find updates about everyone's favorite audio drama, including sites like The Odyssey Scoop, the AIO Wiki, the AIO Blog, Audio Theatre Central, and Whitsend.org. We'll be back soon. Thanks for visiting the AIO Update!
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse give away an audio episode Focus on the Family produced before AIO existed: a drama called Spare Tire. In this story Adam and his wife Jennifer embark on a Christmas road trip and wind up getting caught in a snowstorm. It stars Chuck Bolte, who would later go on to voice the popular character George Barclay. After the episode, we hear an interview with Adventures in Odyssey co-creator Steve Harris. He talks about the planning that went into producing this first audio drama in 1983, working with various actors, Family Portraits, and the creation of Adventures in Odyssey in November 1987, thirty years ago. Check out the free episode and interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, writers Phil Lollar, Nathan Hoobler and Sam Suksiri do their best to answer fans' questions about the recently-aired Album 63 and the upcoming Album 64. They talk about Renee Carter, the cruise live show, Get in the Show winner Grayson Smith, how far ahead the AIO team works, B-TV's Did You Know segment, Leonard Meltsner, returning characters, and Jacques Henri's love life. They also discuss Buck and Jules' friendship, teen dating, whether Connie and Jason will get together, all the planning that goes on behind the scenes, and more. Plus, we hear a preview of Album 64. Check out the podcast discussion.
Audio Theatre Central is celebrating its 100th episode and has released an interview with Philip Glassborow, who has worked behind the scenes on many different audio dramas, including Adventures in Odyssey. He's better known for his role as the angel Malachi on Album 32, and Mr. Tumnus on Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's The Chronicles of Narnia. Philip talks about working with Paul McCusker, his role as the London casting director for various audio productions, working with Brian Blessed the voice of G.A. Henty, and casting the right voice for a particular role. He also discusses his work on stage and television, how to direct an actor, using a pseudonym, working on the BBC, the difference between adapting existing works and writing original scripts, the role of a narrator, the Screwtape Letters, Silas Marner, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
If you're a fan of Adventures in Odyssey then you're obviously familiar with the concept of audio drama. AIO is a show you can listen to on CD, cassette, digital download, online, on the AIO Club, and it's still going strong on the radio after it originally debuted there over thirty years ago. Today there are plenty of different audio dramas to listen to, but that wasn't the case when AIO first began in 1987. So why did the creators of the show decide to make an audio drama of all things? This new editorial, titled On Solid Sound, looks at that very question. We hope you enjoy. You can find more opinion pieces to read on our editorials page.
Former Adventures in Odyssey writer and producer Paul McCusker is back with a third audio drama from Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. Having written the scripts for Brother Francis and Saint Patrick, Paul's next project is entitled Ode to Saint Cecilia. Here's the description: "What is it about a modest young woman from second century Rome that transcends the centuries to move the hearts of the greatest artists to create in her name? Find the answer in Ode to Saint Cecilia, the dramatic story of a holy muse willing to follow the path of beauty and truth—no matter the cost. Her passionate love and inspiring story come to life in six powerful audio episodes with over 40 actors. This 4-CD set includes a discussion guide that will help you discuss major concepts and themes from this unforgettable audio drama. Perfect for in the car, at home, and on the go, this audio drama makes the drive to school, practice, the store, vacation, or anywhere an entertaining time of family faith-building."
Check out the trailer to Ode to Saint Cecilia and order it on CD.
The Stream, a daily online newspaper, has released text interviews with writers Paul McCusker and Nathan Hoobler, and actor Katie Leigh just in time for Adventures In Odyssey's 30th anniversary. In the article writer Nathan Hoobler talks about all the work that goes into producing just 30 minutes of AIO content, the different actors that have been on the show, and AIO's timeless quality. Actor Katie Leigh, the voice of Connie Kendall, talks about the spiritual side of creating the show, and letters from the fans. And writer Paul McCusker talks about the family environment in the recording studio, looking back on old episodes, and more. Check out the Stream interviews.
Another online site, the Federalist, has also recently released interviews with writers Paul McCusker and Nathan Hoobler, as well as actor Katie Leigh. They discuss how Adventures in Odyssey began, how the show interacts with Hollywood culture, disagreements behind the scenes, and much more. Check the Federalist interviews.
Plus, the radio show the World and Everything in It has released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Adventures in Odyssey in which an interviewer travels to Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs. We hear from crew members such as writers Paul McCusker and Nathan Hoobler, and sound designer Jonathan Crowe. Check out the audio interviews.
And don't forget to take Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey fan survey as they work on putting together a new ultimate collection of episodes.
In celebration of 30 years of Adventures in Odyssey being on the air, Focus on the Family has released a free episode to listeners. If you're not a member of the AIO Club, you won't have had a chance to listen yet to the club-exclusive episode Hidden Gems. This episode is now available for everyone to hear via the FOTF daily broadcast. In this story Whit teaches Olivia why it's important to read the Bible every day, and how this simple act goes a long way to encourage and direct us, and help us know God better. And if you click on the episode transcript you'll also find a full script of Hidden Gems. Listen here.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Chris Anthony, the host of AIO, and sound designer Bob Luttrell about the recording of the very first episode of the show, Whit's Flop. They talk about meeting for the first time, hiring Chris for the show Odyssey USA, and working on the show for so long. They also discuss about their previous jobs, recording Chris's wraparounds in a closet, what they would have done differently, the skits from the original airing of Whit's Flop, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
Adventures in Odyssey's next release is just around the corner. Album 64: Under the Surface will most likely begin airing on the AIO Club next month and it will be available via digital download next spring. A few months ago we released the album summary, and now it's time to reveal the episode titles and audio previews. You can read the album's six episode titles below. Plus, the digital copy is available for pre-order on Amazon, which means you can now hear a 30-second audio preview of each upcoming story. The album also contains a bonus track featuring the behind-the-scenes story of the two-part Bible adventure David and Absalom. Are you excited about Album 64? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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!
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.