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.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview sound designer Nathan Jones about working on the recent Album 66 episode B-TV: Trinity. Nathan talks about how the soundscape of a B-TV show differs quite a bit in style from a normal AIO show, the difference between Foley and sound effects, searching sound effects libraries, and working with composer John Campbell. They also discuss putting together all the sound effects for the submarine, the importance of reverb in each scene, as well as the upcoming AIO club episode B-TV: Idolatry. Plus, we hear a preview of The Long End, Part 2, which airs this Saturday. Check out the podcast interview.
Renee D. Carter, named after famed philosopher Rene Descartes, is a new character on Adventures in Odyssey. She's a Campbell College student interning at Whit's End and she's already appeared in eight AIO Club episodes. She's definitely a great addition to the world of Odyssey, but she has yet to appear in the regular albums. But does that really matter? Do non-club listeners need to hear from Renee as well? We address these and other questions in our new editorial entitled The Case of the Missing Carter. Is Rene an important character? Check out our thoughts on the character of Renee Carter and then let us know your opinion in the comments below.
Unfortunately, a number of the Album 67 episode titles and descriptions we posted on April 6th were incorrect. They were the result of an old April Fool's Day prank on another site, which made its way to the AIOWiki. Sorry for the confusion. We now have the corrected list of episodes in Album 67: More Than Meets the Eye. You'll notice that a few of the episode titles are the same as before, while others have been changed.
Voice actor Aria Curzon, who played Mandy Straussberg on Adventures in Odyssey, is currently working on her debut musical album. But she needs your help to do it. Aria has set up a GoFundMe page to spread the word and get backing for her project. Here's how Aria describes the upcoming album: "It's my number one mission in life to help others who battle depression, anxiety, and all other kinds of mental/enotional unrest, with a musical statement that spreads an infectious level of peace, joy, and beauty. I want you to be able to play my album, and feel like a smile is spreading through your soul. My goal is to take my favorite selections from the genres I have the highest affinity for (Musical Theatre, Americana, Gospel, Jazz) and finally use the gifts I do have to sprinkle a little more happiness into this world." The album's release date is set for March 2020. But it may not happen unless it gets funded. There are different rewards for various funding levels. For example, if you donate at least $7 you'll get the album as a digital download when it comes out. Donate $750 and you'll get to sing a duet with Aria herself. Head over to the GoFundMe page to contribute to this project.
Focus on the Family is offering something special to fans of Adventures in Odyssey this summer. If you're a U.S. resident, you and your family have the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado from June 20th to 23rd. That includes the cost of airfare, hotel accommodations for three nights, a car rental, and meals. Plus, you'll get a VIP behind-the-scenes tour with Adventures in Odyssey producer Nathan Hoobler, a luncheon with the AIO team, and much more. The deadline to enter is Friday, April 26th. You can enter once a day to increase your opportunity to win.
Phil Lollar, Paul McCusker, Kathy Buchanan, Nathan Hoobler, Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger. These are the names of writers that we frequently hear mentioned in the credits at the end of every Adventures in Odyssey episode. How would you like to have your own name in the credits one day? Adventures in Odyssey is currently looking to hire a new writer apprentice. It is a paid position and would require you moving to Colorado Springs. This apprentice will learn and develop the ability to write original scripts for the show and continue the legacy of over thirty years of excellence in audio drama. The apprentice will become immersed in the world of Odyssey, learning more about the show’s history, characters, locations, and storylines. He or she will also provide input on story ideas, outlines and scripts as well as gaining an understanding of our target audience through extensive reading, personal contact, research, involvement with social media, and message boards. Check out the details.
On the latest edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview actor Monica Padilla, the voice of Jillian Marshall. She talks about her audition alongside the voice of Jason Whittaker, dealing with nervousness, journaling every day, and the importance of chemistry in the studio. Monica also discusses a challenging scene, reading the script beforehand, acting in the moment, working with director Kathy Buchanan, appearing multiple times on the reality TV show Survivor, acting in the Album 67 episode Nightmares by Constance, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
Adventures in Odyssey is airing new episodes on the radio once again. The first episode of Album 66: Trial by Fire, titled Much Ado About Jealousy, is available to listen to online at whitsend.org for free. In this episode Jules Kendall starts turning to her new roommate Jillian for advice and Connie worries that her close relationship with her sister is being snatched away. Over the next six weeks all the episodes in Album 66 will be airing. Here's the album summary: "After years of searching for his true identity, Buck Oliver may finally get some answers. But along with clues about his family, he also is subjected to the dangers of his past. Buck’s old mentor Mr. Skint arrives in town with an offer that would take Buck away from Odyssey for good. Elsewhere, Connie feels unappreciated when Jules starts looking up to new roommate Jillian more than her own sister. And the crew at B-TV chart a course deep into the ocean to learn more about the concept of the Trinity. Dramatic conclusions and fresh beginnings abound in these six entertaining and inspiring adventures in Odyssey!" Make sure to check back at whitsend.org every Saturday to listen to a new episode. And remember that each episode will only be available for free online for seven days.
Writer and director Marshal Younger's first episode of Adventures in Odyssey was The Living Nativity (Album 16) and has gone on to write over 150 episodes of the show. On this week's edition of the Official Podcast hosts Bob and Jesse do an interview with Marshal, who wrote and directed the new AIO Club episodes Between Camp and a Hard Place, Parts 1 and 2. He discusses the research that went into the show, the storylines included, and the main focus of these camp episodes. Marshal also talks about some earlier rough drafts, the various challenges the characters go through, casting the actors, the three-act structure, getting back in the studio, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.