John Avery Whittaker is Adventures in Odyssey's main character. We know him today as a wise, grandfatherly inventor and ice cream shop owner. But what was he like as a kid? In a new book series called Young Whit we get to hear more about all of little Johnny's childhood adventures. The first book in the series, The Traitor's Treasure, is already available in stores. The mystery in this first book involves Confederate gold missing since the end of the Civil War and the question of whether Johnny’s ancestor was the coward and thief who stole it, as everyone believes. The sequel, The Shroud of Secrecy, comes out in April. Find out more in our new video promo below.
When the Adventures in Odyssey team gets into the studio to record, the voice actors don't always get the lines right on the first try. I know it's hard to believe, but sometimes they mess up. And that makes for some pretty hilarious moments. We've managed to hear snippets of these bloopers on various editions of the Official Podcast, but now you can listen to them all in one place in a new Youtube video from the AIO Update. So sit back and enjoy as your favorite voice actors from Adventures in Odyssey flub lines, ad lib, and burst out into uncontrollable giggles while recording the show. The fun times in the studio never seem to end. Check out the video below.
If you haven't had a chance to pick up your own copy of the first two books in the new Blackgaard Chronicles series, there's no better time than now. The books take another look at the schemes of Dr. Regis Blackgaard from a new angle, filling in the gaps that the audio series skipped over. Book one is called Opening Moves and book two is Pawn's Play. And book three, Cross-check, will be released on March 5th, less than a month away. Want to find out more about the book series? The Adventures in Odyssey team is probably the best qualified to discuss this subject. Go ahead and check out the video below to hear from writer Phil Lollar and others about these new and exciting books from Focus on the Family.
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 character of Penny Wise, now known as Penny Bassett since marrying Wooton, was first introduced to Adventures in Odyssey in Album 53: The Green Ring Conspiracy. Listeners had a lot of questions about her, including whether she was involved in the plot to counterfeit money. One question that kept coming up, even after the mystery of Album 53 had been solved, was about Penny's faith. Is Penny really a Christian? It's a legitimate question, which is why members of the AIO team have attempted to answer it again and again. And that's also why the AIO Update has put together a new Odyssey Q&A video to deal with this very issue. A few weeks ago we asked the question: Will Buck and Jules Get Together? Now we ask: Is Penny a Christian? Watch the video below to see how the AIO writers handle this question.
Members of the Adventures in Odyssey team frequently do interviews on the Official Podcast and discuss issues raised by us, the fans of the show. But it can be hard sometimes to get the message out, especially when listeners have to search through a growing archive of podcast episodes and then find the exact moment in the podcast that answers their question. That's why the AIO Update is putting together a series of videos called Odyssey Q&A. Each video will feature Official Podcast clips of the AIO team discussing a particular topic. We're hoping this format makes it easier for listeners to find the answers to their questions about Adventures in Odyssey. Today we're releasing the first edition, which looks at this question: Will Buck and Jules Get Together? Watch the video below to see what the writers of the show have to say.
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.
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.
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.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, watch as the cast of the musical two-parter Legacy, from Album 62, have fun in the studio, perform their lines, and sing the various songs for the show. Shona Kennedy (voice of Jules), Robby Bruce (voice of Buck), Pat Fraley (voice of Karno Westcott), Andre Stojka (voice of Whit), Will Ryan (voice of Eugene) and director Phil Lollar are among those featured. You can check out the video podcast below.
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.
The AIO Blog has released an interview with composer Jared DePasquale, who has done the music for multiple FOTF Radio Theatre productions, Adventures in Odyssey episodes, and more. He talks about playing the guitar when he was young, writing his own music in high school, and being influenced by John Williams' Star Wars soundtrack and Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings music. He also discusses his favorite instrument to play, how scoring audio drama differs from film, working with producer Dave Arnold, doing the music for the AIO Club's Middle Eastern episode When One Door Closes, his favorite score so far, his interest in fantasy, and much more. Check out the audio interview below.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse appear as scientists, following in the footsteps of the famed inventor and ice cream emporium owner John Avery Whittaker, and work tirelessly to push the boundaries of audio drama for the sake of pure science. After years of relentless research, they are ready to announce their latest breakthrough. Watch the video podcast below, and stay tuned to the end to hear yet another exciting announcement.
The AIO Blog has released a new interview with writer Phil Lollar, the co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey. Phil talks about his brand-new audio series Iliad House, Austin Peachey's acting role, the twenty-year journey it took to get the show off the ground, the recording process, the sound effects used for the train travelling through time, and his ideas for future episodes. They also discuss the new book series based on the Blackgaard saga, another book series coming out about young John Avery Whittaker, Phil's recent return to Adventures in Odyssey, the character of Dale Jacobs, B-TV episodes without Bernard Walton, the upcoming Focus on the Family cruise, letters from the fans, his work on other shows, and much more. You can check out the interview below.
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 folks at Lamplighter Theatre have just released a video online where they discuss what's been going on behind-the-scenes, including preparation for this year's Lamplighter Guild where the keynote speaker will be former Adventures in Odyssey writer, director and producer Paul McCusker. They also discuss Finnian Jones and his backstory, how the production Frozen Fire came together, future audio dramas and much more. Check out the video below.
The AIO Blog has just released an audio interview with the director of kids and culture marketing at Focus on the Family, Christi Lynn. She talks about first listening to Adventures in Odyssey, her career in radio, and how she originally came to FOTF. She also discusses the marketing and retail process, working with artist Gary Locke, developing AIO packaging, advertising, setting up contests, the Odyssey Adventure Club and much more. Plus, you'll be excited to hear that Christi makes an important announcement about the future of Adventures in Odyssey. Next year Album 61 is coming out, and now we already have a title. It will be called Without a Hitch and releases in October. You can check out the full audio interview below.
Great Christian audio drama like Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family Radio Theatre are perfect for the whole family. Right now fans listening on the radio are anticipating the finale of Album 59: Taking the Plunge this Saturday, but after that we'll all be waiting in between albums for the next part of the story. But here's the good news. There's another fantastic family friendly ministry out there called Lamplighter Theatre, which over the years has released 17 productions. Their next drama is entitled Frozen Fire and is now available for preorder. It releases on November 13th on both CD and via digital download. Check out the audio drama's summary below, as well as an inspiring behind-the-scenes video trailer. Are you a fan of Lamplighter Theatre stories? Leave a comment below. And don't forget to preorder Frozen Fire.
You are about to become acquainted with a young girl who changed the world! The events that lead up to Betty’s pivotal decision demonstrate the true meaning of humility, servanthood, and love. Inspired by a true story, Betty must come face-to-face with a dreaded foe. Facing myriad trials, including abandonment and the death-grip of a terrifying blizzard, her love for her devoted servant trumps all. You will fall in love with Betty, whose loyalty is demonstrated through tremendous courage and sacrifice. Frozen Fire will keep you on the edge of your seat! Great for the entire family.