Striking From the Shadows, Blackgaaard Makes His Move!
Petty thief and con artist Richard Maxwell joins forces with the diabolical Dr. Regis Blackgaard to rain down more trouble on the town of Odyssey.
While Connie deals with complications of her own at Camp What-A-Nut, Eugene starts working at Campbell College in the computer department. He's quickly entangled in a grade-changing scheme and must step up to rescue an 11-year-old kid genius.
Behind the scenes, Blackgaard makes moves to force the folks of Odyssey into corners with no escape route. Will the power of good defeat Blackgaard's evil scheme?
Discover The Blackgaard Chronicles, a new book series that explores more of the story beyond the Adventures in Odyssey audio drama series.
The first book in the Blackgaard Chronicles book series, called Opening Moves, is now available for purchase. And that means the next title in the series is just around the corner. Book 2 will be called Pawn's Play and be released soon. And now thanks to Focus on the Family we can reveal the high resolution cover art, as well as the book's summary. This next book written by Phil Lollar follows the dealings of Richard Maxwell, which you can listen to in the episode Eugene's Dilemma. But of course the Blackgaard Chronicles book series includes so much more behind-the-scenes information that was left out of the audio drama. Check out the summary:
With Adventures in Odyssey getting ready to celebrate its 30th anniversary, we thought it would be wholly appropriate to post an editorial celebrating a character who's been with us from the very beginning, Connie Kendall. The editorials page is a section on the AIO Update where we post opinion pieces about everyone's favorite audio drama, Adventures in Odyssey. This latest editorial is entitled My Girl Connie and explores Connie's longtime role on the show. We hope you enjoy! After you've read it, join in the candid conversation by writing your own Connie-related comment below.
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.
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.
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 pull out all the stops to present this year's Avery Awards show, complete with Martians, robots, aliens and a mysterious meteorite. The episodes in Album 61: Without a Hitch and Album 62: Let's Put on a Show are up for consideration. We hear the winners for Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Song, Best Scene, Best Comical Pair of Characters, and Best Overall Episode. Check out the podcast episode.
It's been almost a month since we revealed the cover art and title of Album 64: Under the Surface. And now today fans can finally read the album's summary. (Thanks to the AIO Wiki for getting to this news first). Album 64, which will contain six episodes, releases on CD in April 2018. You can read all about the exciting shows coming up on Adventures in Odyssey in the album summary below.
A scuba-diving adventure leads to an unlikely investigation as Wooton and Penny try to find the owner of a camera they discovered at the bottom of Trickle Lake. And that’s not the only long-hidden secret being uncovered in Odyssey!
The Adventures in Odyssey team was just in the recording studio this past week working on new episodes for next season of the AIO Club. One major piece of news we've learned so far via the AIO Facebook page is that Camilla Parker is now being played by a new voice actor, Lilly Mae Stewart. Camilla was first voiced by Sydney Shiotani, and then by Michaela Dean. Lilly will appear in the new episode The Last Straw, as well as the Room of Consequence adventure called Rewinding the Big Picture. And it sounds like it's going to be an exciting season. The upcoming episode Failing to the Finish Line features the return of the Square One Club, Matthew Parker's group of inventors which first appeared in Album 52. Wooton's comic book hero Drake returns in the Kids' Radio show Drake and the Time that Time Forgot. Meanwhile, Penny and Olivia try to find romantic partners for both Connie and Whit in the episode Met His Match, and Eugene and Buck try to build a tree house in Divided We Fall. In some sad news, the AIO team announced that the voice of Dr. Lily Graham, Lori Tritel, passed away earlier this month. Are you looking forward to these new episodes? You can find out more about the Adventures in Odyssey Club at aioclub.org.
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.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse present a free episode, Odyssey Sings! from Album 45. In this episode the show America Sings comes to the little town of Odyssey and many hopeful singers line up to audition. And afterwards, we get to hear the behind-the-scenes story about the creation of the episode. Check out the podcast and free episode.
The digital download of Album 63: Up in the Air in now available for preorder from Amazon, and that means fans can listen to a 30-second preview of each of the six episodes included, all the way from Find a Penny to Crash Course. Plus, we can now confirm that Album 63 will contain three bonus tracks: the full song of "I'm In The Deep End Over You," the behind-the-scenes story of the episode Have a Heart, and an extra sketch called Roman AD Agency that couldn't be included in the episode B-TV: Revenge. Album 63 comes out on the AIO Club this month, digital download in August, and on CD in September. Check out the episode previews.
The next Imagination Station book, Inferno in Tokyo, is set to be released this October. But now we know where the series is headed after that. Book 21 will feature a story in 1920s New York and will be entitled Adventure in the Big Apple. The book will be released in March 2018 and the cover art has just been unveiled. (Credit to the AIO Wiki for posting this first). The artwork appears to be different style than previous Imagination Station books, but the story inside is written by Marianne Hering, an author who has been writing for the series since book one. Check out the book's summary:
The adventure continues as Patrick and Beth end up in New York City in 1928 as inventor Nikola Tesla is embroiled in a patent conflict with fellow inventor Thomas Edison.
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.
Today the AIO Update is proud to reveal the title and cover art for another upcoming release from Adventures in Odyssey, Album 64. The new album will be entitled Under the Surface and will be released on CD in April 2018. Thanks to Focus on the Family for this news update. Album 64 will contain a total of six episodes about heroes, secrets, and more. The artwork by Gary Locke features Wooton, Penny, Whit and Eugene on what looks like an exciting underwater adventure. If April 2018 seems like a long ways away, just remember that Album 63: Up in the Air is scheduled to come out on the AIO Club this month and on CD in September.
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.
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.
It's about time to add to the editorials page at the AIO Update, a section in which we post original opinion pieces about Adventures in Odyssey. This latest editorial discusses a recent trend that has arisen in the world of AIO, and looks back to some of the different types of episodes that were produced when the show was just getting started. The editorial is entitled A Classic Act and it lists nine ideas from the past that could be integrated into modern AIO. After you've read it, let us know what you thought in the comments section below.