Thursday, July 30, 2015

7 Years and Counting!

It seems like it's been just a short time, but in fact, the Adventures in Odyssey Blog celebrates it's 7th anniversary today! It's absolutely mind blowing to me to think that I've been running this site that long. Although I've started other blogs and websites, I haven't poured in as much time and effort as I have for this one.

It's really been a labor of love to bring you this site . I love Adventures in Odyssey and I hope it shows through everything here. I've gotten a lot of help from many people who have been a part of all the many things we do.We wouldn't do all we do if we thought that no one would enjoy it.  Of course, this site wouldn't still be active if wasn't for the many comments and support you all have given over the years. We really appreciate it. I don't get to do as much as I did for the blog as I did when it started, but I try to keep putting out fun and exciting content as much as possible. Speaking of, we've got a really fun sketch coming out soon called Odyssey Addicts Anonymous. It's going to be awesome!

I could go on, but that would be really expositional (as Wooton would say). To wrap up, on behalf of myself, Tasha, and the many other contributors for the AIO Blog,

Thank You!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What We Know About Album 60

Warning! Spoilers ahead! Do not read unless you have heard Albums 58 and 59!

Not too long ago, Album 59 was released to fans on Amazon and iTunes after first being available on the Odyssey Adventure Club. Now, we already have a lot of info on Album 60 entitled Head Over Heels. You'll find the cover art and summary below.

Love me . . . love me not? In the world of Odyssey, life’s issues rarely come together without a hitch. For Penny and Wooton, the answer to a marriage proposal leads to even more questions. Will Wooton meet with Penny’s family’s approval? And will Penny believe the best about Wooton even after the evidence seems to pile up against him? Meanwhile, others in town are asking questions of their own: The Parker family wonders if Mom will ever learn how to ride a bike, Whit unexpectedly questions whether his daughter should move to town, and Emily wonders how an unknown hero is thwarting the robberies across town. Throw caution to the wind and find the answers as the folks in Odyssey jump head over heels into the path of truth and discernment.

The  current release dates for Album 60:
December 2015: Odyssey Adventure Club
February 2016: Digital download
March 2016: CD set
??? 2016: Radio Broadcast

This album continues the new trend of splitting up the normal 12 episode album into two 6 episode albums. We're still getting 24 new episodes each year, but now all the episodes' releases are being spread out over the entire year.

Are you excited to hear Album 60? How do you feel about how Album 59's release was handled?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Official Podcast 229

Any one who is a lover of radio drama will tell you that music is a vital part of it. Today, the Official Podcast hosts talk to John Campbell, the main composer for AIO. John has done the music for the show since the first episode and whose work can be heard in over 400 episodes! In the podcast, he discusses the different digital instruments he uses, composing character themes, and more. You can hear it all here.

In addition to that, if you're a member of the Odyssey Adventure Club, you can hear the soundtrack containing the scores used in the first season of the OAC episodes.

Finally, if you want to hear from another of Odyssey's music masters, you can listen to Audio Theatre Central's interview with Jared DePasquale who also did a lot of music for Radio Theatre.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Interview with Townsend Coleman

We're back with another interview for you guys! This time, Austin, Tasha, and Ashley team up to ask Townsend Coleman (the voice of Jason Whittaker) questions about his many voice over roles, who he thinks should marry Jason, what it's like recording in the studio, what he'd like his character to do in the future, and much more. You can hear the whole conversation right here.


Who do you think we should interview next? Post a comment below and let us know!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Album 58 and Character Lineup Wallpapers

It's been almost a year since we've released some new wallpapers. That's been far too long. To remedy that, we're giving you guys two new original for your computer desktop.

The first is our semi-annual album artwork background for the latest album release. Long over due, but finally here, is The Ties That Bind. The second, one of my favorite pieces, is a black and white lineup up the five main Odyssey characters.

Instructions: Click on the thumbnail, right-click the image, select Set as Background and there you have it!

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Adventures in Oddity: A New Book Written By Actors Of Connie & Eugene

Connie Kendall and Eugene Meltsner are some of the most loved characters on AIO. The people that play them have been friends for years and have worked on several other projects together. Now, Katie Leigh and Will Ryan (voices of Connie and Eugene, respectively) have written a book together about their many experiences recording on Odyssey. It's entitled Adventures in Oddity.

Adventures in Oddity is a light-hearted, informative peek into the inter-relating minds and personalities of two veteran voice actors and the characters they bring to life. Katie Leigh and Will Ryan, a pair of voice-over professionals with thousands of film and television credits between them, interview each other regarding their work on America’s favorite dramatic radio series “Adventures in Odyssey” (heard on over 2,400 radio stations in North America since 1987). The dialogue also touches upon their work as voice actors on some of the most popular film and television successes of all time. Included are illustrative cartoons by co-author Will Ryan, past-president of the International Animated Film Society.

Front Cover
Back Cover
This special book will be released in early July this year, but you can get an early copy if you preorder now. Plus, the first 100 book will be autographed by the authors. There's also extra bonuses, like a personal phone call from one of the two actors and more! You can buy it now on Katie Leigh's website.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Official Podcast 219: Album 58 Avery Awards

Album 58 made a lot of waves when it aired. There were so many big surprises, outstanding lessons, and great performances from the actors. On the latest Official Podcast, we hear the Avery Awards for The Ties That Bind and find out what the fans thought were the best aspects of the season. It's another wacky and fun awards show so be sure to hear it right away!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

15 AIO Puns

We have a brand-new audio short to share with you all! Austin Peachey and Ryan Matlock wrote 15 original puns related to Adventures in Odyssey. Then, Tasha & Ashley Peachey and Kevin McCreary joined them to present them in a fun audio fashion.

We hope you enjoy all 15 of them!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Winners of the World of Radio Drama Contest

We have our winners! Near the end of last year, we announced a new contest for you guys to enter. The World of Radio Drama contest was a chance for people to write about different aspects of radio drama and their experience with it. We received some great entries and it was hard to choose which we (Austin, Tasha, & Ashley) thought was the best and which one deserved 2nd and 3rd place.

Coming in at 3rd place is Ally F., age 11. Her essay answered the question What is your favorite radio drama and why?

My favorite radio drama is Adventures in Odyssey because it helps explain things about God that I’ve always wondered about. Also I like it because there is always an adventure whether it’s in the imagination station or in the room of consequence, if Jason is on a case, or if it’s just a fun adventure in Odyssey. I’ve listened to most episodes twice and always want to know more. If I could be on Adventures in Odyssey that would be amazing. I listen to it every chance I get. I know a lot about the characters and always hope Odyssey will go on. My cousins and sister all listen to it together.  Every time I listen to an episode I like it more and more until I love it. I will definitely listen to Adventures in Odyssey for years to come and I hope everyone else will do the same for generations to come.

Great job Ally! You won the 3rd place prize of an MP3 copy of the pilot episode of Witnesses, A Shepherd's Encounter. Your enthusiasm for AIO shines through and we loved the line Every time I listen to an episode I like it more and more until I love it.

In 2nd place we have Katelyn W., age 16. She, too, answered the question What is your favorite radio drama and why?

Awesome Incredible Outstanding

“Hi, this is Chris! Welcome to Adventures in Odyssey!" For as long as I can remember, some of the best half-hours of my life have started that way. Adventures in Odyssey (AIO) has a special place in my life that no other radio drama will ever occupy.

The first reason AIO is my favorite radio drama is simply because I have listened to it all my life. When I listen to AIO, I am in the world of Odyssey where Connie, Whit, Eugene, Wooton, and the rest are completely real to me. I have spent enough time with them that I know many of their quirks, fears, likes, and dislikes. I have "seen" them mature over the years. Though I know they are not really alive, they are still like friends to me.

The second reason I like AIO so much is its high quality. As I read the interview with Steve Harris in AIO’s The Official Guide, I discovered that AIO has been committed to excellence since its beginning. The creators wanted AIO to be something kids and parents could enjoy together, so they knew the story itself had to appeal to both audiences. They also recognized radio drama’s potential, so they wanted to create an “awesome” show that would “set kids’ imaginations free."  AIO’s high writing and production quality helps to pull my family and me into the world of Odyssey.

The third reason that I appreciate AIO is because of what it teaches me. The fact that I am passionate about AIO shows me the power that stories have. AIO demonstrates the potential contained in excellent stories that glorify God. These realizations have in turn influenced the goals of my own life. For these reasons and many more, Adventures in Odyssey is my all-time favorite radio drama!

Outstanding, Katelyn! You win a CD copy of Volume 9: The Whispering Sphinx from the Jonathan Park series. You really brought life to your essay with the quotes you used. Your deep appreciation of Odyssey on so many levels is wonderful.

The grand prize winner of this contest is Ava O., age 14. She answered the question Why do you think radio drama has lasted so long?

The Timeless World of Radio Drama

Radio Drama invites you into a timeless world that gives you the opportunity to imagine the characters or the story line through your own perspective. Though radio drama is simple, it is beautifully complex at the same time. Your imagination comes to life when you sit back and let the audio story unfold.

On a television screen everything is played out in front of you. Though it may have sight and sound it doesn’t engage all of the five senses as radio drama does. You don’t use any brain power in watching television, everything is laid out for you, not leaving much for you to figure out on your own.

There is something in Radio Drama that stimulates all five senses. The crackling fire, description of a first snowfall, and background conversations, are all things that stick through the ever changing times of our culture. You imagine the warmth of the crackling fire, you taste the bitter snow landing on your tongue, and you see all the different people having diverse conversations. This is what helps radio drama to keep from being out of touch and what keeps people wanting for more. It’s simplicity is what holds its beauty. It is assumed that radio drama isn’t dramatic whatsoever. It has a bland voice reciting a book. In reality, radio drama offers you diverse characters with gripping story lines. The engaging of the five senses, the imaginative contemplation, and the exhilarating story plots is what keeps radio drama enjoyable. There’s nothing like sitting down at the radio with your family and listening to your favorite audio. These are the aspects that have preserved radio drama through the years.

Wow. Ava, that was awesome! Your essay won us over as being our favorite with your explanations of what you believe is the heart of radio drama and how it is so beautifully simple and complex at the same time. You win possibly the most well-done radio drama series of all time: a special CD collection of all 7 dramas from Radio Theatre's The Chronicles of Narnia.

Again, congratulations to our 3 winners. We'll be emailing you soon to get you your prizes. We hope you enjoy listening to them! Thanks to everyone who entered this contest. It was a lot of fun reading each and every essay we got. We are so glad to see other people as enthusiastic as we are about radio drama. Also, thanks to the gracious people who supplied the prizes for us to give away. We couldn't have done this without you!

This is just the beginning of another great year for the Adventures in Odyssey Blog. We have several great things planned for 2015 and you won't to miss any of them! Make sure to subscribe to our feed and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus for updates on when we have new stuff happening.
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