Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Audio Theatre Central's Interview with Nate Jones + OAC Recording Session

The crew from Audio Theatre Central recently visited an Odyssey recording session. Now, they tell us all about their trip, their experiences, and share some audio recorded there, including an interview with sound designer, Nate Jones. He talks about working on creating unique sounds and the crazy ways he's gotten them, for AIO and Radio Theatre. Speaking of Radio Theatre, JD, Roy & Andrew also review RT's dramatization, The Legend of Squanto. You can hear it all on their latest podcast!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What We Know About Album 59

Album 58 hasn't even finished airing and we're already getting info on Album 59. Watch out for spoilers if you haven't heard all of Album 58 yet. First, we have a title: Taking the Plunge. We also have the final (or near final) album art

We now also have the summary for the album.

In the all-new album, Taking the Plunge, your favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters are faced with life decisions and hard lessons. Will Penny “take the plunge” and say yes to Wooton’s marriage proposal? Will Eugene solve a mystery about missing money? Will Buck make the right kind of new friends? Will Olivia discover how to create a perfect family? Take the plunge into adventure and learn valuable life lessons about commitment, conflict, expectations, and secrets in six audio dramas from the award-winning team celebrating 27 years of fun and entertainment for the entire family!

From what we see from the cover and the summary, this album will only contain 6 episodes. This is quite a switch, especially considering Album 58 had 14 episodes and all other canonical albums before that had exactly 12.

Odyssey did something similar back in 2005 and 2006 with Albums 44 and 45 respectively. After the 12 episodes in a season aired, instead of releasing a collection of all of those shows, AIO released half-albums. One album contained the first 6 episodes, then another containing the last 6, and ending with a "complete collection" of all 12. Apparently, this was not well received since after Albums 44 and 45 were released this way, the AIO team went back to the normal format of releases.

It will be interesting to see how this will play out, especially with the new way of releasing an album's worth of episodes over the course of a year exclusively on the Odyssey Adventure Club. Album 59: Taking the Plunge is planned to come out in late summer of 2015. Beyond that, little else is known. We'll keep you informed as more info comes in.

What are your thoughts on this new way of releasing Odyssey albums? Do you think this is a good or bad idea?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Official Podcast 211

The latest instalment of the OAIOP brings us two interviews! First off, we hear an interview with Marianne Hering, one of the authors of The Imagination Station book series, about the latest entry in the series. After that, Dan Hagen talks about his career in voice overs and playing Jacques Henri, Archie Hagler, and other roles on AIO. You can hear it all right now!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Great & Easy Way to Support Focus on the Family

Just like many other non-profit organizations, Focus on the Family is struggling during these tough economic times. The folks at Focus are the ones producing Adventures in Odyssey. It's easy to forget that AIO, Radio Theatre, and other projects from them are a ministry tool and not simply entertainment. We've seen different cutbacks and layoffs made at FOTF the past couple of years. 

Odyssey has changed in the way it's being released in part because of the rising costs of making it. We here at the Adventures in Odyssey Blog are firm supporters of Focus on the Family and AIO. We encourage you to purchase episodes, albums, and other AIO merchandise from them, not only because we're all fans of it, but also to help Focus get the funds needed to keep making the show. Donating to them directly is also a good way. We also don't condone any kind of piracy or illegal distribution or downloading of AIO episodes on websites, YouTube, etc. This hurts Focus a lot.

Beyond that, there is another way of supporting Focus on the Family. Many of us buy something from Amazon at one time or another. Some people buy stuff from them all the time. How could we turn shopping at Amazon into a way to donate to Focus on the Family?

Amazon Smile is a relatively new initiative from Amazon that makes it super easy to support charities/non-profit organizations. By going to smile.amazon.com, you can choose to have 0.5% of every qualifying purchase you make through Amazon be given to Focus on the Family. You can do it on Odyssey albums, books, and millions of other products available on Amazon. It doesn't cost you anything extra. You could also choose to give to other great organizations like Compassion or World Vision. The more you shop, the more donations they get.

Last but not least, you can also pray for groups like Focus who champion Biblical values and help show Jesus' love to others. They need our prayers just as much. Remember, without Focus on the Family, there would be no Adventures in Odyssey.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LIVE Interview with Kevin McCreary

It's here! It's now! It's...live! Enjoy our interview with Kevin McCreary and make sure to join in on the conversation.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Upcoming Live Interview with Kevin McCreary

We have a blast doing live interviews. It's a chance to interact with our followers and our guest like we can't do any other way. We've had fun doing it for the first time with Phil Lollar and later with Katie Leigh. Now, we're excited to announce that we're doing it again. And our guest? Kevin McCreary!

Kevin is one of the funniest and most creative persons ever. He's the guy that created The Ceiling Fan Podcast, one of the most popular AIO fan podcasts. He also worked at Focus on the Family for a couple years. Recently, he's started a YouTube show called Say Goodnight Kevin and has guest appearances on Blimey Cow.

On Tuesday, September 7th, Kevin will join us on a live video stream where you'll get to watch us ask him questions and hear him answer our questions and yours! You can join the conversation and send questions for Kevin to answer live. It can be about Odyssey, The Ceiling Fan, his soul patch, etc. If you can't make it to see us live, don't worry. You'll be able to see the whole video on YouTube once we've stopped broadcasting. If you have questions and can't send them in during the broadcast, just email us (adventuresinodysseyblog[@]gmail.com) or post them on our event pages on Facebook or Google Plus.

Get excited. It's going to be awesome!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Coming Soon - Sibling Spies 2

It's been quite awhile since we released our last radio drama, Skye Weldon & The Crazy Cactus Caper back in early 2013. We've been keeping busy with short features over on our SoundCloud page, but we haven't forgotten how fun our longer features from the AIO Blogcast. That's why we're announcing that we are working on a brand new full length radio drama, a sequel to Sibling Spies!

Sibling Spies 2: Trial by Fire (the tentative title) will see the return of special agents Andy & Christy Fox as they once again set out on a mission for the International Intrigue Investigators. However, this time, it will require them to come to grips with their past and accept the changes happening to their team.

We've had ideas for a sequel for some time, but only recently figured out how the story should unfold. We have the first scene written along with several other lines of dialogue. While we did focus a little more on story than comedy for the last Sibling Spies show, we really wanted to make this one have a really engaging story that brought home some great lessons. Don't worry. There will still be plenty of laughs to be had in this show.

We're very excited about the story and we can't wait to let you all hear it! We're shooting for having the script completely written by the end of this year with the final production coming out sometime in 2015.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wrapping Up the Wildest Summer Ever

It's hard to believe summer is already over and fall is here! Where did the time go? Back in May, we announced the Wildest Summer Ever. It was a series of special events spread out over the summer months.

We had fun conducting two different interviews this summer. The first one we did was with big time AIO fan and star of Advenutres in Editing, Tracy Lyn Holland. This was the first time we did an entire interview in a text format. The second was on our YouTube channel, an interview with Odyssey writer, Marshal Younger.

During this time, we also released and re-released some computer wallpapers: and original one using scenes from the Odyssey Adventure Club and once Facebook-exclusive ones.

We had a blast on our SoundCloud page these past months. First, we released Do You Want to Have Adventure?, a parody of Do You Want to Build a Snowman?. We also re-released some content that was originally only on The AIO Blogcast. One was a remix of our theme song we never used to replace our regular theme. Plus, we also uploaded all our past radio dramas: Austin Peachey, PI, Sibling Spies, and Skye Weldon. If you haven't already, make sure to follow us on SoundCloud as we continue to bring new and classic content. We also produced our first lyrics video which we uploaded to YouTube. It was for the Do You Want to Have Adventure? song.

To wrap everything up, we had a contest, the AIO Meme Contest, where our readers could submit their own funny memes related to Odyssey. We picked three winners to win Our Favorites and Wooton's Whirled History.

We had even more things planned for the summer, but unfortunately, we weren't able to do them all. This was because myself, Tasha, and the rest of our family moved from New Mexico to Oklahoma in June. It all happened rather fast and we were really busy preparing for the move and trying to get into our new house. We had very little internet access and were unable to do some of the things we had planned.

However, we are now settled into our new home and have even better internet access than before. We'll do our best to do some of the things we didn't get to do this summer sometime this fall and next year. We hope you all had a blast these past few months and thanks for being a part of The Wildest Summer Ever!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AIO Meme Contest Winners

It's time to announce the winners to our AIO Meme contest! We received some great, funny entries. We wish we could give everyone a prize, but, unfortunately, we cannot. Now, are you ready to see who won?

Coming in at 3rd place, we have Will L's entry. Will cleverly stitched together some pictures of Connie with different emotions to convey one of her most memorable and quirky qualities. Will L. wins a copy of of one of the latest special AIO releases, Wooton's Whirled History: A Blend of Bravery. Congrats, Will!

Will L.

Next up, we have an entry from Elijah Hall. He took the popular meme, Bad Luck Brian, and used it show how Connie doesn't have a great history of dating people. Elijah's meme comes in 2nd place and wins a copy of the Our Favorites album containing the AIO actors' favorite episodes. Well done, Elijah!

Elijah Hall
Who comes in first place? Ryan Matlock! He used the illustration of Connie from Album 57 with Connie's somewhat indiscernible expression to convey one of the most remembered quotes from Tom Riley & Bart Rathbone's debate. It's also timely because the currently airing season of AIO is showing how "toleration" is used nowadays. Ryan also wins a copy of Our Favorites, plus a printed version of his meme signed by us here at the AIO Blog!

Ryan Matlock

Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to all who entered this contest! Special thanks to Focus on the Family for providing copies of Our Favorites to give out to our winners

And so ends the Wildest Summer Ever. We hope you had fun! 
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