See the Intro to Odyssey page.
At this time, Adventures in Odyssey is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts. All writing is done by the on-staff writing team.
Odyssey records in Burbank, California. They can use only Southern California based actors. If you live in this area and are interested in acting on the program, feel free to send a voice audition tape, along with a resume to the address below. In your audition, be sure to include samples of you acting, reading, and any kinds of voices you do. (Odyssey is always looking for kids, teens, and adults.)
Send your audition to:
Focus on the Family
Attn: Adventures in Odyssey
Colorado Springs, CO 80995
A hiatus is defined as a "break". When applied to a television or radio series a "hiatus" is typically a time when a show does not produce programs or does not air for a time. Television programs usually take a hiatus during the summer, during which they produce no new programs and show only re-runs.
When used for Adventures in Odyssey, "the hiatus" means the time from December 1996 to September 1997 where no episodes were produced. The writers, producers, actors, and production engineers needed a break from the daily pressure of the program and after ten years of production decided it was time. Many things have changed from "old Odyssey" before the hiatus to "new Odyssey" after the hiatus. None of the children (unless you count Rodney Rathbone) from old Odyssey have been carried over to new Odyssey. Nearly all of the storylines from old Odyssey were finished off in the final album of that era (Welcome Home) and the show has in general had a different "flavor" than before.There was also a hiatus from November 1998 to September 1999, though four new episodes aired in the spring of 1999.
An "arc" is a series of shows that contributes to one particular plotline. All of the "continued" shows (Waylaid in the Windy City, Parts 1 and 2) are arcs, of course, but there are others throughout the series. Examples would include "A Tongue of Fire" and "A License to Drive" (since one leads into the other), "A Touch of Healing" and "Where is Thy Sting?" (since the second is the rest of the storyline), and "The Mortal Coil" and "Best Intentions" (since the second one is a follow-up of the first).
Usually, however, when this website discusses arcs, they are the series of many episodes that contribute to one central message. Darkness Before Dawn and Welcome Home are examples of albums with large arcs in them.
Currently, Odyssey is involved in an arc concerning Novacom Broadcasting, AREM, and many other players.
The Complete Guide to AIO has a list of many of the actors in the back of the book. I currently do not have a complete list, but there is a section devoted to the major characters in the Voice Actors section. Note that some actors/actresses (most notably, the ones who play the Blackgaard twins and Katrina Shanks/Doris Rathbone) are not officially publicized.
Currently these albums are not available from Focus on the Family and are incredibly difficult to find. There may be a few Christian bookstores that have copies out there somewhere, but it's rather doubtful after twelve years. There was a website that was offering copies of both albums, but these copies were illegal dubbed copies and Focus on the Family asked them to stop infringing on AIO's copyright. (By the way, if anyone out there does find either of these albums, I would keep it in good condition. It may well be a collector's item.) Focus on the Family has discussed re-releasing and/or re-airing these episodes, but hasn't decided yet.
A "spoiler" is something that gives away a key plot point of an episode. I try to give a "spoiler warning" whenever I will discuss a plot point that could ruin someone's enjoyment of an episode.
Unfortunately, kids have a habit of growing up and not sounding like kids anymore. When the voice actors who play the kid characters on Odyssey start sounding like teenagers, their characters generally disappear. (There have been several exceptions to this, most notably Jimmy and Donna Barclay and Jack Davis.) Other characters like Connie Kendall and Rodney Rathbone have been on the show for so many years because they are played by adults whose voices don't change.
Most fans have noticed that Eugene hasn't been on the show in awhile. When he did appear in "Plan B" and "Exit," many of his lines were extracted from previous episodes. The official answer is that Will Ryan (the actor who plays Eugene) has been busy with other projects and "keep listening." Hopefully, we'll know more about Eugene soon.
The Chairman is a new character. He wasn't heard in previous episodes and didn't represent the return of a character from the past.
This webpage is not associated with FOTF or any other organization. It is entirely run by AIO fans. (See the Thank You to... Page.)
Simply e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All reviews will be published on the site (after proof-reading and subject to approval by the webmaster) and corrections will be made as deemed necessary.
Read my brief bio here.
The site contains information and reviews on AIO episodes, books, videos, and other aspects of AIO. There is also a section on merchandise and places to discuss AIO with other fans. Click here to Tour the HQ.
Here are some abbreviations that are frequently used by AIO fans:
|AIOHQ||Adventures in Odyssey Headquarters||JAW||John Avery Whittaker|
|AIO||Adventures in Odyssey||PL||Phil Lollar|
|FOTF, FOF||Focus on the Family||PM||Paul McCusker|
|CBD||Christian Book Distributors||MY||Marshal Younger|
|SF||Soda Fountain, Switchflood||PE||Production Engineer|
|OUSA||Odyssey USA||UAIO||Ultimate AIO Website|
|FP||Family Portraits||Waylaid||"Waylaid in the Windy City"|
|DBD||Darkness Before Dawn||AOLIM, IM||America On-Line Instant Messenger|
|ANNAN||"A Name, Not a Number"||ep||episode|
|CON||Chronicles of Narnia||alb||album|
|RT||Radio Theatre||DGL||Down Gilead Lane|
|JSON||Just South of Normal||OS||Odyssey Scoop, Official Site|
|WE||Whit's End||WEC, CWE, WE2||Whit's End Connellsville|
I do not post the Real Audio AIO broadcast files. The posting is done by the sites on which they reside.
I got these from the very helpful people at Focus on the Family.
The weekly AIO Quiz ran for 20 weeks (from early February 1999 until late June 1999) on AIOHQ, but there were no real prizes. There were a lot of requests for a contest with real prizes. So, instead of a weekly contest, we decided to change to a monthly contest with the prizes of an AIO tape or an AIO album.
We haven't had a contest in over two years, mainly due to the time they consume. We're considering several contest options, but we haven't decided on one. We'll let you know if we plan another contest.
The primary inspiration for the website was my desire to "gather" all my opinions, reviews, and information about Adventures in Odyssey into one place. I first began working on the website on Christmas Eve, 1998. Until that point, I had never seen an AIO webpage (I hadn't done much looking). From that day until December 31, 1998, I worked on the basic structure of the site. The site then basically consisted of the year pages and the album pages. It was uploaded to the "old" toolcity.net site on January 1, 1999, but did not premiere at AIOHQ.com until February 1, 1999. Since then, there have not been any extremely major structure changes except the addition of the AIOHQ topbar.
There are three primary websites that were the inspiration for this site:
Among the other inspirations for the site are the AIO Complete Guide, Roger Ebert's movie reviews, Screen-It!, Asbury College's webpage (the topbar), Countingdown.com, and other sources.
The two of us recently met up at the Welcome Center at Focus on the Family in Colorado. We had a great time having Wod-Fam-Choc-Sods and looking around Focus. (You can read the Reader's Digest Condensed Books version of my life story.)
Starting in the fall of 1997 (after the 1997 hiatus), Adventures in Odyssey started the ?season? approach to episodes, similar to the way television shows operated. They had a ?bank? of new shows during the fall and spring and re-aired older programs during the summer. (You could argue that the show started to do this with the fall of 1996 and simply skipped the spring of 1997.) The shows are organized by season primarily because this grouping more reflects the shows the flavor of shows each ?season.? For example, the shows produced in the fall of 2000 were far different than those in the spring of 2000 because they were under a new "team." If the show ever discontinues the ?season? approach, AIOHQ will probably begin organizing strictly by years again.
A lot of people have been asking about Radio Theatre, so here's the latest news. It is airing weekly (on Saturdays) on around 90 radio stations throughout the country. They are hoping to expand to a larger audience soon. Click here for the Official Radio Theater page. Radio Theatre is written and produced by many Odyssey alumni, including Paul McCusker, Dave Arnold, and Mark Drury.
Radio Theatre is now available in archived RealAudio format, at Oneplace.com. You can also listen live on several pages listed below. (Thanks to Kevin Jay for finding these.)
|Link||Time (ET)||Link||Time (ET)|
|www.wmcuradio.com||07:30 AM||www.fln.org||03:30 PM|
|www.familyradionet.org||08:30 AM||www.kobc.org||04:00 PM|
|www.liberty.edu/wrvl||10:00 AM||www.liberty.edu/wrvl||04:30 PM|
|www.kelpradio.com||03:00 PM||www.kslr.com||05:30 PM|
|www.wafg.com||05:00 PM||www.kwbi.org||07:30 PM|
|www.gnnradio.org||06:00 PM||www.wsho.com||07:30 PM|
|www.kvip.com||10:30 PM||www.kelpradio.com||07:30 PM|
|www.kycc.org||11:05 PM||www.wava.com||09:30 PM|