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A Special Announcement about Me
April 30, 2000—Nathan Hoobler, the webmaster of AIOHQ, will be working as an intern with Adventures in Odyssey this summer. I’m very excited about this opportunity to work with the people I’ve admired for many years. My first day will be May 11, 2000. I’ll be going to the last two days of the writer’s meetings/strategy sessions at Focus on the Family.
While I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be doing as an intern, I may be working on the AIO website, working on the Odyssey Writer’s Bible (Marshal Younger and John Beebee’s epic work), and possibly helping with some of the scripting ideas for the fall season
Official Site Updates
April 28, 2000
The official site also gives a theme of "Career Moves" as "Discernment in internet use", perhaps left over from an earlier pairing of The Bad Guy with "The Hoaxs on You."
Order Ben-Hur from Radio Theatre
Focus on the Family is now offering the Radio Theatre drama Ben-Hur on both cassette and compact disc. It is based on the extremely popular fiction story by Lew Wallace.
on CD from FOTF
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Another Schedule Change
April 23, 2000—The Official AIO site announced that the episode "No Boundaries" will be airing on May 6, 2000. This is presumably to replace "Changing Rodney" (originally scheduled for that day), which was moved to April 22 to replace "Turning Paige."
The Official Site Launches...Here's my take
Official AIO Site Link
April 1, 2000 — The official AIO site opened today. Here are some of the highlights along with my commentary:
|Kids Radio — A look at the upcoming schedule for the next two weeks of Radio Shows...nothing too new here.|
|Soda Shop — A site poll and some copied sections from the Complete Guide, and a revamped Odyssey Store section of the Focus on the Family Resources portion...again, nothing new.|
|Imagination Station — A couple cool Shockwave games to play. There are three more that say "coming soon."|
Theater — A mixed bag of "behind the scenes" and downloadables
|Wonder World — This section of the site isn't finished, but there will some sort of "Kids Club" here.|
— Far and away the largest part of the site, but also a bit hard to navigate.
Overall, I think that the opening of the Official site was an excellent first step. It's already far better than many official sites and thankfully, it didn't focus entirely on the video series. The graphics look very good and the roll-overs are fun. The site still crashed my browser pretty often, but I'm sure they'll work that out.
My main suggestions would be to fix a few of the annoyances of the database setup and add things that some more grown-up fans really want to see. Throw some RealAudio clips of the writers up there. Have some "Behind the Scenes" features. Give some more detailed information on Odyssey merchandise such as the devotion book coming out.
One other request. Since most Odyssey fans will be interested in checking the site just about daily, make a page of "recent updates" so people can see what's new each time they enter instead of having to search the site each time. Overall, kudos to the website staff for a good start.
Changes to the Spring 2000 Season
April 1, 2000 —According to the Official AIO Site, the following changes have been made to the Spring Season line-up:
|"The Bad Guy/Bethany's Flood" is not airing in the foreseeable future. It's original airdate was March 25. It's likely this episode is "lost forever."|
|"Changing Rodney," an episode that originally was scheduled to air May 6, will be airing on April 22 instead, replacing "Turning Paige." It's unknown if "Turning Paige" will air.|
|"Seven Deadly Dwaves" has either changed its name to or been replaced by "The Hoax's on You," as the episode airing with "Career Moves" on April 29. This means we will now have AIO episodes named The Jokes On You and "The Hoax's on You."|
|See the April Radio Schedule.|
|UPDATE — April 11, 2000: The Official Site reports that "The Bad Guy" will be airing on April 29 with "Career Moves," which up to this point has been reported as being paired with both "Seven Deadly Dwarves" and "The Hoax's on You."|
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