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.
Are you an Adventures in Odyssey fan who just happens to be an aspiring writer? Right now Focus on the Family is looking to hire a new writer apprentice. This is a full-time position where you will develop your talents for writing original AIO scripts, learn more in-depth details about the history of the show and its characters, and join the other writers in providing feedback on future story ideas, outlines, and scripts. The job will also involve research into Adventures in Odyssey's target audience, social media, online message boards, and more. Applicants should also be willing to move to Colorado Springs, the location of Focus on the Family headquarters, if they are accepted for this position. So what are you waiting for? You can apply now on the Focus on the Family Career Portal.
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 appear in a Star Trek spoof to announce the latest Get in the Show contest to find the next AIO voice. Evan Reedall, Brock Eastman and Shona Kennedy also get involved. Make sure you take a look at the contest details. And don't forget to check out this latest video podcast.
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.
Adventures in Odyssey has been around for nearly 30 years and one of its latest initiatives is the Odyssey Adventure Club, where you can stream any episode on-demand. Austin Peachey of the AIO Blog has put together a video tour of the OAC for fans of the popular audio drama. For those AIO listeners not already in the club, you'll get a chance to see the many exclusive episodes that are now available on the OAC, plus all the hours of extra content. You can watch that video tour below. The AIO Blog has also just announced a contest where you can win a free copy of a sampler CD called The Dropbox, which features an exclusive OAC episode, as well as The Chosen One, Parts 1-2 from Album 47. Find out how to enter when you check out the contest details.
The next release from Adventures in Odyssey, Album 60: Head Over Heels, is airing on the OAC right now, will be out as a digital download next month, and finally releases on CD in March. And now Focus on the Family is launching a new contest to give fans their own copy. In 300 words or less, you need to answer the question: "Why Do You 'Heart' Odyssey?" Entries must be submitted by mail and arrive before January 29th. Of the fourteen winners chosen, all will receive a copy of Album 60 and an AIO t-shirt, and the grand prize winner will also get a phone call from none other than the show's host Chris Anthony. You must be under 18 and living in the United States to enter. Check out the contest details.
Adventures in Odyssey writer Paul McCusker's new Father Gilbert book series is debuting on January 27th with the release of The Body Under the Bridge, an intense story featuring a centuries-old battle between two local families, a mummified corpse, and a secret occult society. And it all picks up where the original Radio Theatre dramas left off. If this sounds interesting to you, you can head over to Goodreads to enter the giveaway to receive the book for free. Fifteen copies are up for grabs for this contest. To enter, you'll need to sign up for a Goodreads account. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States, Canada and Great Britain, and the deadline to enter is January 31st, 2016.
The Adventures in Odyssey team has just unveiled the 25 Days of Christmas Drawing Contest. Do you love to draw? In this new contest fans get to use their talents to create a picture of their favorite AIO characters in a Christmas setting using crayons, markers and pencils. You have until December 18th to mail in your entry, but you'll probably want to get started a lot earlier because daily winners will be start being announced December 1st. Each winner selected will have their artwork featured, and receive a copy of the 17th Imagination Station book, Danger on a Silent Night, as well as the Countdown to Christmas CD collection and an advent activity calendar. The grand prize winner will also get a special phone call from longtime AIO album artist Gary Locke. For more information, check out the contest details. To enter you must reside in the United States, be under the age of 18, and send in your artwork by mail, not via email.
Former Odyssey Adventure Club producer and the author of several fiction books Brock Eastman has just announced on his website a new exciting opportunity for aspiring writers of all ages. Brock is currently collecting short stories for some new anthologies set for release next summer. The Creepy Campfire Collection will feature stories between 10 and 30 thousand words, and the Galactic Exploration Collection will have stories between 15 and 40 thousand words. Are you interested in entering one of your own works? If this sounds like something you'd like to get involved in, head over to Brock Eastman's website to find all the contest details. The deadline to submit your story was originally December 10th, but it has since been extended to January 15th, 2016.
This month Focus on the Family has launched a new annual contest called the John Avery Whittaker Award. They're asking Adventures in Odyssey fans the question: "Who is 'Whit' in your life?" With your entry you can talk about how this person has impacted you, what qualities they have that remind you of Mr. Whittaker, and why you think they deserve this award. The contest runs from September 1st until October 31st and is open only to residents of the United States. Nominees for the award have a chance to win a prize package of Christian resources valued at over $500, which includes a free one-year subscription to the Odyssey Adventure Club, where you can stream any AIO episode on-demand. Find out how to enter by checking out all the contest details.
The AIO Blog has launched a new contest for fans of radio drama. You can enter to win the grand prize of The Chronicles of Narnia Collector's Edition from Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, which contains 22 hours of entertainment on a total of 19 CDs. The second place prize is the ninth album in the audio drama series Jonathan Park, and the third place prize is the pilot episode of a new series called Witnesses, which features the voice talents of Adventures in Odyssey co-creator Phil Lollar. All you have to do to enter is submit an essay about radio drama before January 10th, 2015. Make sure you check out all the details at the Adventures in Odyssey Blog.
The newest album is all about God's design for family and that's why Whitsend.org has just launched The Ties That Bind Essay Contest in which they're asking Adventures in Odyssey fans the question "What does family mean to you?" Your answer should be just 100 words or less. Winners will be announced in November and will receive Album 58 and an AIO T-shirt. You must live in the United States to enter. You can check out all the contest details.
The AIO Blog has just announced a new contest for which they want you to try and create your very own Adventures in Odyssey style meme. You could win the Our Favorites CD set, which includes 24 of the actors all-time favorite episodes ever produced, or a copy of Wooton's Whirled History: A Blend of Bravery, which includes 6 historical episodes with brand-new introductions from Wooton Bassett. You must be a resident of the 48 continental United States to enter. Check out all the contest details.
The Odyssey Scoop has launched another Adventures in Odyssey contest and this time winners will receive a copy of volume one of Wooton's Whirled History, A Blend of Bravery, and volume two, A Mix of Melody Makers. That's a total twelve previously released historical episodes plus brand-new hilarious intros from the character of Wooton Bassett himself. All you have to do to enter this new contest is find the three places where Wooton is hiding on The Odyssey Scoop website. You can find out all the contest details there.
The Odyssey Scoop has just launched a new contest where the winners will receive an Adventures in Odyssey album of their choice. All you have to do is pick the correct door you think the town of Odyssey lies behind. This is a time-sensitive contest and the limited prizes will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can enter even if you live outside the United States. Hurry over to the Odyssey Scoop to find out all the contest details.
Whitsend.org has launched a new contest where winners will receive the first two volumes of Wooton's Whirled History (A Blend of Bravery and A Mix of Melody Makers), a bag of licorice, and the second devotional book featuring Super Average Boy called Devotions for Super Average Kids. This book deals with texting, cyberbullying, handling homework, the importance of reading, finding a mentor, curfew, confidence, overscheduling, preparing to serve God as an adult, conflict resolution, and more. To enter this contest you need to take Wooton with you on vacation and snap a creative photo of Wooton visiting a local landmark. Only residents of the US can enter. Find out all the details here.
During the summer of 2012 Adventures in Odyssey kicked off its 25th anniversary celebration. As part of this celebration, the Odyssey team offered a special opportunity: the chance to have your script become an Odyssey episode. The College Writer's Scholarship Contest was launched at that time. Ever since the first-place winner was announced to be Angela Phillips with her script entitled "A Jay in the Life", we have been waiting for that episode to be released. Another winner was Katie Wynn with her script "Big Trouble Under the Big Top" which was included on Album 57: A Call to Something More. But what about Phillips' script? We now have confirmation from Focus on the Family that the "A Jay in the Life" script will not be produced into an AIO episode. They said that although they "enjoyed the originality employed in this creative effort, its plot took several characters in directions that conflicted with our already established storylines." We at the AIO Update speculate that this script would have drastically altered the character of Jay Smouse. Will the College Writer's Scholarship Contest return? It’s possible the team may at some point launch a similar competition for writers, but have no plans to do so in the immediate future. Should the contest return? Leave your comments below.