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.
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.
As Adventures in Odyssey celebrates 30 years of being on the radio, the AIO team wants to get the fans involved with a new special collection of episodes. This upcoming set will be called Fan Favorites and will feature the listeners' favorite shows. But the episodes haven't been selected yet because Focus on the Family is waiting for your feedback. They have posted a survey where you can vote for your top five episodes. You can also let them know your favorite character, scene, album, and quote. And finally, fans can talk about their experiences growing up with AIO, how the show has impacted them, and mention which old characters they wish appeared in the new episodes. Take the fan survey.
It's time for another poll question, but this time its the AIO team that wants your feedback. The first stage of voting for the Get in the Show contest is now open. From now until July 8, Adventures in Odyssey fans can watch the video auditions of the fifty quarter-finalists who all made it to the first round. The ultimate winner of the contest will get to voice a character on AIO. You only have one vote, so make sure you watch all fifty videos before you make your decision. The second round of voting is from July 10 to 14, and the third round of Get in the Show is from July 17 to 24. Vote now!
If you've seen the cover of Adventures in Odyssey's most recent album release, Album 62: Let's Put on a Show, you know the artwork has a Western theme. The album features a two-parter called Legacy in which the characters in Odyssey put on a skit set in the Wild West and sing a load of songs. That's what inspired this latest poll question: What is your favorite Western-style episode that AIO has made? We've included quite a few options to choose from to make sure nothing significant was left out. A Single Vote is a story about the amazing impact on the history of Texas that Jamison Shoemaker has in 1837, The Ill-Gotten Deed follows twin brothers Horace and Grover McAlister as they race to claim their inheritance, Over the Airwaves and Live at the 25! feature Matt Cartwood of the Southspoon Ranch, Arizona Sunrise follows the adventures of circuit rider James Klinger and the episode Buried Sin uncovers the tragic tale of a gun accidentally going off and killing Dwayne Oswald's ancestor. Called On in Class features the story of Trent DeWhite's ancestor Abel McAlister's speech impediment, The Mystery at Tin Flat is when the Washington family explore a ghost town, A Class Reenactment has Trent and Mandy playing the parts of Wolfgang and Bertha in a radio play directed by Edwin Blackgaard, The Lone Lawman features Jason playing the part of a law enforcement agent chasing down criminals in the Wild West, The Feud of Mason County has Whit stumble upon two warring families in the country, and finally Legacy has Buck Oliver playing the part of Guy Goodfellow as he saves the town of Santos Cuerpo from the Reprobate Eight. Which Western episode is your favorite? Vote here.
The votes have been cast for the AIO Update's latest Adventures in Odyssey poll question and we now have the final results. We asked fans about their favorite Twilife Zone episode, a wacky Kids' Radio spoof of the television series The Twilight Zone. Rarely do a majority of AIO fans agree, but for this poll question over 54% of voters declared that My Girl Hallie is the best of the Twilife Zone episodes produced so far.
My Girl Hallie is on Album 41 and is the most recent Twilife Zone episode. It aired in 2004, sixteen years after Missed It By That Much in 1988. In this episode Joey Patrick gets a new computer named Hallie that can talk. Joey is understandably excited about the possibilities ahead, but things quickly get out of hand. Written by Bob Hoose and Nathan Hoobler, this is the only Twilife Zone episode to credit two writers instead of one. But believe it or not, the fans also had a part to play in writing this particular show. Two different endings were produced for the episode and fans got a chance to vote on which one would be included in the story. If you own Album 41 or are a member of the AIO Club, you can actually hear both of the endings recorded. The club gives you and your family unlimited streaming of every Odyssey episode, plus access to exclusive episodes not available anywhere else, exclusive videos and a whole lot more content. Head to aioclub.org to find out more. A new AIO Update poll question will be coming shortly.
It's been a year, and that means it's time to vote in the 2017 Avery Awards, named of course as a tribute to John Avery Whittaker. Episodes from both Album 61: Without a Hitch and Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! are up for consideration. You can choose the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Script, Best Song, Best Comical Pair of Characters and more. Plus, you can also tell the Adventures in Odyssey team what you liked best about Albums 61 and 62, as well as the things you didn't like as much. You can vote here.
There have been countless parodies of other shows on Adventures in Odyssey over the years. The style of the popular television series The Twilight Zone, for example, was adapted for a number of AIO episodes as a Kids' Radio show called The Twilife Zone, introduced by Connie Kendall with the memorable words: "Do not adjust your radio. We are in control." For our latest poll question, we're asking listeners what their favorite Twilife Zone show is. The first is Better Late than Never, in which Robyn Jacobs finds herself trapped in a bizarre nightmare and discovers with shock that she was late for everything, including her own funeral. (As this is a remake of the Officer Harley episode Missed It By That Much, we have combined these into one option in the poll). Next, the episode The Twilife Zone explores the consequences of addiction through a talking chicken named Henny. Then, the episode The Time of Our Lives follows the sad adventures of shopping-addicted Kathy and TV-addicted Jeremy. Next, the episode Two Roads depicts the lives of Simon and Sonni, who appear to make very different decisions but still end up in the same eternal situation because of their lack of faith in God. And finally is the episode My Girl, Hallie, in which Joey's mom buys him a new high-tech computer which starts to take over his life. Which Twilife Zone episode is your favorite? You can cast your vote here.
The voting for the AIO Update's latest poll question has ended and it's time to announce the final results. We asked Adventures in Odyssey fans who their favorite character in the Washington family was, and we got a big response. The Washingtons first appeared right after the Novacom Saga ended, in the episode The Toy Man on Album 39, and last appeared on Album 50. For this poll question, in first place came Marvin Washington, with over a third of the votes cast. In second place was the dad, Ed, and in third place was cousin Xavier.
Marvin Washington has been in a total of thirty-four episodes, more than any other Washington family member. And unlike any other, Marvin was also voiced by different actors over the years. He was first played by Kyle Massey in The Toy Man, but by his second episode, called The American Revelation, he was already being voiced by a new actor, Jordan Calloway, who played him for twelve shows. And then actor Kendre Barry made his debut as Marvin in Sunday Morning Scramble on Album 43. As we're thinking about the Washingtons, it seems appropriate at this time to remember the actor who voiced the mother Elaine, J. Karen Thomas, as she passed away in March 2015. Do you miss the Washington family? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. And thank you to everyone who participated in this poll question. A new AIO Update poll will be posted online soon.
About one and a half years ago we conducted a poll about the Parker family, in which Olivia Parker defeated her brother Matthew by one vote. For the next AIO Update poll question, we're asking Adventures in Odyssey fans who their favorite Washington family member is. The Washingtons first appeared in the episode The Toy Man on Album 39 and were last heard in The License to Deprive on Album 50. And if you've been keeping up with AIO news lately, you know that Marvin Washington will return in an upcoming Odyssey Adventure Club episode to air next year. So, who's your favorite member of the Washington family? Your choices are the dad, Ed, the mom, Elaine, their daughter Tamika, their son Marvin, cousin Xavier, or their adopted daughter Kelly. Cast your vote here.
Voting for the AIO Update's twentieth poll question has now closed and the final results are ready to be revealed. Adventures in Odyssey fans were asked what their favorite science fiction episode was, and in first place came Drake the Cosmic Copper with a third of the votes cast. Tied for second place were the two classic shows Terror from the Skies and Gloobers.
Drake the Cosmic Copper is the most recent science fiction episode to be released, and only Odyssey Adventure Club members have heard it. Nevertheless, the fans who have listened to this club-exclusive episode thought it deserved the top spot in this recent poll. The story features Wooton Bassett sharing a wacky new comic book set 100,000 years in the future where a detective and his robot assistant investigate a mysterious group of aliens. The detective, named Drake, is played by Townsend Coleman, better known to AIO fans as the voice of Jason Whittaker. If you haven't yet heard this exciting episode, for a limited time you can sign up for a free 14-day trial of the Odyssey Adventure Club at oaclub.org/trial and gain access to every exclusive episode released so far. Thank you for joining in this latest poll question. And don't forget to leave your suggestions for future AIO Update polls.
You could argue that because the popular radio drama Adventures in Odyssey exists in a world with crazy futuristic inventions like the Imagination Station, the Room of Consequence, the Transmuter, and the Inspiration Station, the entire show could be categorized as science fiction. But even if you don't go that far, it would be pretty difficult not to recognize that the show writers have a special appreciation for the science fiction genre. That's why we've created this latest poll question, which asks fans what their favorite science fiction episode of Odyssey is. The first option is Someone to Watch Over Me, selected for its unforgettable space battle between Jimmy Barclay and the relentless villain called Grim. The second option is Terror from the Skies, in which an imminent alien invasion throws both Lawrence and Jimmy into a panic. Then there's the classic show Hidden in My Heart, featuring a short spoof of Star Trek. Another option is Gloobers, in which Dwayne and Jared find themselves inside a video game battling against countless slimy foes. And finally, the most recent science fiction episode to date is Drake the Cosmic Copper, set 100,000 years in the future. Choose your favorite of these five episodes when you vote here.
The nineteenth poll question at the AIO Update has closed and the final results are in. Fans were asked what their favorite Bernard Walton flashback episode was and they chose Prequels of Love from Album 48: Moment of Truth. You can listen to The Conscientious Cross-Guard on Album 13 and The Girl in the Sink on Album 42.
The episode Prequels of Love aired just before Valentine's Day in 2007 and is full of comedic moments. We get to hear Bernard meeting his wife Maude while she's dressed in a chicken costume, and then his subsequent choking incident. The episode not only adds to Bernard's backstory, it also delves into the love lives of John and Jenny Whittaker, and Doris and Bart Rathbone. Thanks for participating in this poll. And you can always leave your own suggestions for future poll questions.
The Eugene Sings musical albums were originally released in 2005, around the same time that the Adventures in Odyssey episode Odyssey Sings aired. But these two special albums, which together contain a total of 36 songs (including two bonus songs), have been unavailable for a few years now. That could change, however, if fans of Eugene Meltsner and his ukulele tunes make their voices heard now. Audio Theatre Central has put together a poll where you can declare your support for Eugene Sings to be re-released. After you've voted, take the time to share the poll online to make as many AIO fans as possible aware of this opportunity. With enough support, these musical albums could very well be made available once again. So make sure to check out the poll question.
One of the previous polls on the AIO Update asked fans what their favorite Mr. Whittaker flashback episode was and the two-part episode The Triangle won. Now it's time to return to that same poll idea, but with a different character. Actor Dave Madden passed away last January, almost a year ago now, after voicing the character of Bernard Walton the window washer on Adventures in Odyssey for almost 20 years. He was in many great shows, too many to list in a single poll. So in keeping with the tradition of the Mr. Whittaker poll, this new poll question asks fans what their favorite Bernard flashback episode is. There are three options to choose from. The Conscientious Cross-Guard features Bernard telling the story of him at school having to stand up to the bully Tanyer Hyde. The Girl in the Sink includes the story about a missing girl, a mysterious figure name Ezekiel, and a dramatic rescue over a sheer cliff. And finally, Prequels of Love tells the story of Bernard meeting his future wife Maude. Which retelling from Bernard's life do you enjoy hearing the most? You can vote here.
Voting for the latest poll question at the AIO Update has finally closed and the results are in. Adventures in Odyssey fans had the opportunity to give their opinion on whether or not they think the Eugene Sings! musical albums should be re-released by Focus on the Family. Back in 2005 two CDs came out featuring musical tunes performed by Will Ryan in the role of Eugene Meltsner. Today these CDs are no longer in production and are not even available on the OAC.
And now to examine the results. For this poll question the vast majority of fans voted yes, with 79.49% in favor of these two musical albums being re-released to the public in some form, whether that be on CD, via digital download, or on the Odyssey Adventure Club. Other voters either said no or didn't think of it as a high priority. Have you heard the songs on the Eugene Sings! albums? What are some of your favorite tracks? You can leave a comment down below. Thank you to everyone who participated in this poll. A new poll question will be posted on the AIO Update shortly. In the meantime, you can add your own poll suggestions.
We at the AIO Update love to hear Adventures in Odyssey fans' feedback, whether that's in the comments section, via email, on social media, or through our poll questions. It's great to keep in contact with people who share a passion for Odyssey. We want that to continue, so this year we've decided to try something new and launch a short survey to gather your thoughts about this website. We want to make sure the AIO Update is tailored to the interests and needs of our dedicated readers. So we've posted just five questions to find out what you like best about the site and how it can be improved for the future. All responses submitted will be anonymous. Thank you so much for visiting the site and taking the time to add your voice to the discussion. You can take the 2015 Survey today.
Have you ever heard Eugene sing the song O-D-Y-Double-S-E-Y? How about I Just Met a Girl Named Katrina? Or maybe The Rose of Antelope Valley? These and fourteen other catchy ukulele tunes sung by Adventures in Odyssey's very own Eugene Meltsner were released in 2005 on a special musical album called Eugene Sings! around the same time the episode Odyssey Sings! from Album 45 aired on the radio. In addition to those seventeen songs, another seventeen holiday songs performed by Eugene were released in a sequel album called Eugene Sings! Christmas. It featured songs such as Seasonal Felicitations, Out with the Old Year, and Adeste Fidelis. But if you didn't snap up the CDs at that time, unfortunately you're now out of luck. You won't find either set of Eugene's songs in stores anymore because Focus on the Family has ceased producing these two musical albums. That's why we at the AIO Update have created this latest poll question. Should Eugene Sings! finally be re-released for purchase? Let us know and vote here.
We at the AIO Update have officially closed our 17th poll question and tallied the final results. We asked Adventures in Odyssey fans who their favorite Parker family member was and the vast majority was almost evenly split between two choices: Matthew and Olivia. Ultimately, Olivia won by one vote, with 40% of the total.
Olivia Parker was originally voiced by Hope Levy but is currently voiced by Kelly Stables. Similarly, Matthew was first voiced by Zach Callison, but is now voiced by Gunnar Sizemore. Interestingly, Matthew Parker, the member of the family who has appeared in the most episodes to date, did not win this poll as some might have expected. Instead, Olivia came out as the fan favorite. Perhaps Olivia should appear in more episodes in order to better match her popularity among the fans? You can leave your thoughts on this in the comments. Meanwhile Camilla, who has appeared in the least shows among the Parker children, was left far behind with just two votes. Grandma Lucia managed to surpass her with three votes. And finally, the Parker parents tied for last place. Thank you to everyone who voted in this latest Adventures in Odyssey poll question. We will have a new poll posted online soon.
In 2010 the Parker family was introduced to Adventures in Odyssey in the episode The Inspiration Station, Part 1, which is included on Album 51: Take It from the Top. Various family members have since appeared in every single album after that time, including in the first season of the Odyssey Adventure Club, and all three kids have undergone a change in their voice actors at one time or another. Since they've become such an important part of the show, we at the AIO Update have decided to create a new poll question asking AIO fans who their favorite Parker family member is. You can choose either the older daughter Olivia, the son Matthew, the youngest daughter Camilla, the father David, the mother Eva or even the grandmother Lucia, also known Abuelita. We've chosen to exclude lesser known characters from this poll such as Rosalita and Orlando because they have appeared just once and only in the background. Who is your favorite character in the Parker household? Cast your vote here.