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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer/director Nathan Hoobler and sound designer Jonathan Crowe about the recently-released two-part AIO Club episodes Swept Away. They talk about the challenges of having rain sound effects for an entire show, creating the scuba diving scene, and isolating the actors in the recording studio. They also discuss the musical score, the sound effects included in the flood scene without dialogue, Connie crashing through the garage door, the water sloshing sound effects, taking natural disasters seriously and more. Check out the podcast interview.
Audio Theatre Central has released a new interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Phil Lollar. He talks about his view of John Avery Whittaker, the role of the new character Renee Carter, and Jungle Jam. Phil also discusses the crew behind his audio drama Iliad House, the meaning behind some of the character's names, the recording and editing process, the importance of good directing, the episode lengths, creating the catchphrase Jupiter's Moons, the future of Iliad House and much more. Listen to the podcast interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview new writer Sam Suksiri. He talks about listening to AIO as a kid before he went to sleep, his interest in architecture, becoming a writer, studying at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre and starting at Odyssey as a writer apprentice. He also discusses teaching robotics, doing research on the show, winning competitions, cartooning, writing for audio drama, the idea behind the episode The Perfect Testimony, a sneak peek at the upcoming Album 63 episode B-TV: Revenge and more. Check out the podcast interview.
The Odyssey ScoopCast has now released the third and final part of their interview with Phil Lollar, Adventures in Odyssey writer, director and co-creator. He talks about writing on the current issues he's passionate about, being influenced by Star Trek, the post-modern culture, changing views, and conversion. Phil also discusses The Ties that Bind, the lost homeschooling episode, staying true to the Bible, good quality storytelling, upcoming episodes exploring basic Christian concepts with the character Renee Carter, redemption, wisdom from The Lord of the Rings, and more. Listen to the podcast interview.
The Odyssey ScoopCast has just released the second part of their new interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Phil Lollar. In this edition of the podcast he talks about directing episodes written by other people, his strategy of going into the studio prepared, recording the songs for the Album 62 episode Legacy, and working with composer John Campbell. Phil also discusses the Saguaro Sisters, Shona Kennedy, Will Ryan, live performances and more. Listen to the podcast interview.