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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the latest edition of the Adventures in Odyssey Official Podcast we hear from the cast of the new AIO Club episode which takes place at Camp What-A-Nut. The two-part show is titled Between Camp and a Hard Place. Actors Brianna Bryon, the voice of Scarlett, and Rachel Eggleston, the voice of Elise, join Bob and Jesse for an interview. They talk about their own experiences at summer camp, how they first got into acting, how voice recording for a cartoon compares to Odyssey, the hardest thing about being an actor, and competing for roles. They also discuss how they're similar and different to their characters, working with writer and director Marshal Younger, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
This month brought the episode In a Sun-Scorched Land, Part 2, to the AIO Club, the epic conclusion to Adventures in Odyssey's powerful adventure in South Africa. On this week's edition of the Official Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer Kathy Buchanan and sound designer Christopher Diehl all about what went on behind-the-scenes in the creation of this episode. Kathy talks about the tragic true story that inspired it, travelling to Africa in person, the theme of persevering through times of suffering, and challenges in the recording studio. Christopher discusses looking over the script ahead of time, keeping an eye on characters' accents, actors ad-libbing, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
Who organizes Adventures in Odyssey behind-the-scenes? The AIO Coordinator of course. On this edition of the Official Podcast, hosts Bob and Jessie interview Jennifer about how voice acting differs from all other forms of acting, her background working in theater, running a camp for kids in foster care, and participating in the Dixie Stampede. She also talks about monitoring comments on the AIO Club, working with agents, scheduling the actors, the reputation the show has, the benefits of recording "family style," her coffee habits, her spiritual growth, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
In the latest AIO Club episode Matthew Parker runs into problems at a local robotics competition in Odyssey. While there, he meets a man named Joseph, who tells him a story of growing up in Kwanzulu, South Africa. The episode is titled In a Sun-Scorched Land, Parts 1-2. And now the Official Podcast has released an interview with two of the actors, Phil Morris and Andre Robinson. Both voice the character Joseph. In the interview Andre talks about being excited to record in the studio, all the work that goes into filming a 30-second commercial, and acting on the show Doc McStuffins. Phil talks about growing up in an acting family, the many roles he's had over the years, and acting alongside Jess Harnell. The two of them also discuss preparing to use a Kwanzulu accent, the hardest parts of the recording process and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, members of the Odyssey team stop by to answer fan questions about Album 65: Expect the Unexpected and Album 66: Trial by Fire. The podcast features executive producer Dave Arnold, producer Nathan Hoobler, and writer/director Phil Lollar. They discuss releasing the 25th anniversary live show, the inspiration behind the episode The Toy, and replacing the actor of David Parker. They also talk about the various episode plots in Album 66, Jason Whittaker, being recognized in public, Morrie's parents, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
On the new edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse announce this year's winner of the John Avery Whittaker Award. The award was created to honor people who have had an impact on the faith of those around them. Samantha Muir nominated the Whit in her life: Robin Berns. Both Samantha and Robin are interviewed on the podcast. Samantha talks about how Robin had compassion on her in the midst of her difficult situation, despite not knowing her personally at the time. Robin talks about her family's policy about taking in people in need into their home. They also discuss their connections to Adventures in Odyssey. Listen to the heartwarming podcast interview.
Before Adventures in Odyssey existed, Focus on the Family was already experimenting with creating audio drama. One production they aired in 1986 is called Gone Fishing and follows the character Larry Turner as he skips work to go fishing, and bumps into another man who gives him a talking-to. You can hear this episode for free on the Official Podcast. Plus, we hear an interview with Chuck Bolte, who voices Larry in this episode and would later go on to play George Barclay. Chuck talks about how he got involved with Focus on the Family and got the actors together for their early productions. He also discusses plenty of fun memories of working with Hal Smith, the first voice of John Avery Whittaker. Check out the podcast.
Bob Smithouser has co-hosted the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast with Jesse Florea for over ten years. But now this month's AIO Club episode, Out to Sea, marks Bob's debut as a script writer on the AIO team. If you're a club member you can hear the show now. In this episode Whit, Eugene, and Wooton are visiting the Florida Keys for an ocean getaway when they suddenly land in a boatload of trouble. Bob has been interviewed in this week's edition of the podcast, along with co-writer Phil Lollar. Bob discusses his background growing up near the ocean, bringing back Captain Quidd from Aloha Oy! (Album 19), and the differences between the early drafts and the final show. He also discusses receiving feedback on his script, rewrites, bringing Phil Lollar on board, making cuts, crafting the surprise ending, and more. Plus, a surprise guest shows up. Check out the podcast interview.
Actor Townsend Coleman, the voice of Odyssey's favorite spy Jason Whittaker, was just interviewed on an episode of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast. Townsend discusses his experience recording the live show on the Focus on the Family cruise last year, interacting with the listening audience, and the time he rappelled out of a twelve-story apartment building with nothing more than a garden hose. He also talks about being a contestant on a game show, how action scenes differ from other scenes, Drake the Cosmic Copper, being emotionally impacted while recording the Album 65 episode The Toy, Jason's future, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
It's been precisely one year since fans joined the Focus on the Family cruise in the Bahamas to celebrate 30 years of Adventures in Odyssey and 40 years of FOTF. During the cruise the Odyssey actors performed a special live show, which featured appearances from Whit, Connie, Eugene, Jason, Wooton, Dale Jacobs, Jules Kendall, Grayson Smith, the host Chris, Philip Glossman, and many more. Some months back the Official Podcast released a video with highlights from the cruise, including the first 15 minutes from the live show. Whether you were one of the lucky ones on board the cruise or not, now is the perfect time to think back and reminisce about Adventures in Odyssey's 30th birthday celebration. You can watch that video below. The full live show is available for members of the AIO Club.
On the latest video edition of the Official Podcast, writer and director Marshal Younger talks about what inspired the Album 65 episode The Sandwich Initiative, which features the Parker family. Marshal discusses how, many years ago, his three-year-old daughter decided she wasn’t going to eat her breakfast. This set off a multi-hour standoff between father and daughter that later inspired the Odyssey episode. Watch the video podcast to witness the battle of wills as well as an incredible story from an Adventures in Odyssey listener. You can check out the video below.
The Washington family hasn't appeared together on Adventures in Odyssey since Album 50, which is over ten years ago. Marvin recently returned last year on the AIO Club episode Unfair Game, and now Ed is back in the Album 65 episode The Toy. The voice actor behind Ed Washington, Mark Christopher Lawrence, was just interviewed on the Official Podcast. Mark discusses his style of stand-up comedy, performing at churches, getting recognized for his voice, and the most engaging Odyssey fan he's ever met. He also talks about his latest episode, memories from recording in the studio, tips for aspiring comedians and much more. Check out the podcast interview.