Monday, June 27, 2016

Ask Nathan Carlson, Jeff Parker, and Phil Lollar!

Left to right: Nathan, Phil, & Jeff
You've heard their creations and voices for years. Now, as a part of the Summer of Celebration, the people behind our favorite radio dramas are going to be sharing their behind the scenes looks at Odyssey and Jungle Jam!

Jeff Parker is the guy that created  and wrote for Jungle Jam & Friends: The Radio Show. He's also appeared on AIO and wrote The Barclay Family Ski Vacation.

Nathan Carlson is the voice of the Narrator, Gruffy Bear, Nozzles the Elephant, and many other characters on Jungle Jam. On AIO, he's most well-known for his voicing Richard Maxwell, Mandy's dad, and Judah in the 3 parter Back to Bethlehem.

Phil Lollar is the co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey and the voice of Dale Jacobs. He recently returned to the show as a writer and director. He also plays Millard the Monkey, Jean-Claude the Flying Squirrel, and many others on Jungle Jam.

In the near future, we'll be recording a special round table audio interview with all 3 of these talented gentlemen. We've heard stories of their many recording sessions and how much fun they had. You, and us, will get to hear a little bit of the comedic magic they make together.

We want this interview to be as fun and informative as it can be. We need your help! If you have a question you want to ask Nathan, Jeff, or Phil, or a question you want all of them to answer, just post them in a comment on this post or email them to adventuresinodysseyblog[@]  You can ask about their work on AIO, Jungle Jam, or other projects they've worked on. You could tell us what character voice you'd like them to do on the interview. There is no limit on how many questions you can send in. Just make sure to get them in as soon as possible as we will be recording soon.

Make sure to share this with anybody you know who likes Jungle Jam and AIO so they can be a part of this memorable event!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Official Podcast 254: Albums 59 & 60 Avery Awards

It's time for the Avery Awards again! In the latest Official Podcast, Bob and Jesse announce the winners of the best of the best from Albums 59 and 60. Of course the awards ceremony is anything but boring. It's a really fun podcast with several surprise guests! You can hear it all for yourself on the OAIOP website.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

What We Know About Album 62

Caution! Potential spoilers ahead! 

 Album 61 hasn't even starting airing in the Odyssey Adventure Club yet and we're already getting more information on Album 62, entitled Let's Put on a Show. You'll find a list below of everything we know about it so far.

Cover artwork
Adventures in Odyssey has provided high-quality, character-building entertainment through audio drama for nearly thirty years. Your entire family will love the next installment as the town of Odyssey gets ready to put on a show! With over two hours of entertainment, these episodes find the folks of Odyssey learning about relationships, friendship, and compassion. Jules Kendall feels like she’s in the spotlight and has to live up to everyone’s expectations. Buck Oliver pretends to understand Eugene and Katrina’s faith. A mysterious visitor to the antique shop isn’t all he seems as he searches for a clue to a father’s final words. And a group of traveling singers put on the rootin-est, tootin-est, Wild Westiest musical extravaganza Odyssey has ever seen! Sit back and enjoy the show!

Episode Titles:
Connie The Counselor
No Friend Like an Old Friend
Fathers and Sons
The Grass is Always Greener
Exit Stage Left
Enter Stage Right

Early 2017: Odyssey Adventure Club
??? 2017 : Digital download
March 2017: CD version
??? 2017: Radio airings

Not available for preorder yet

There's still a lot we don't know about Album 62, but more info will probably come out after the release of Album 61. As always, we'll update this post as more info is found.

2017 is AIO's 30th anniversary and it looks like there will be some stellar episodes to celebrate that. We know Focus on the Family is working on some other big events for Odyssey next year as part of its birthday, including a cruise!

Are you more excited to hear Album 61 or 62? What things do you want to happen during AIO's birthday next year?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Did You Know? - US Flag

Time for more of our Summer Celebration! Today is Flag Day in the United States. Many people know the history of how the US Flag first came to be, but not many know about the history of the most recent design or how big the largest US flag is.

To tell people about that, we're sharing another fan-made original "Did You Know?" segment, like the ones on the B-TV episodes of Odyssey. We had our friends Andrew & Duane Riffenburgh (actors from the Jonathan Park audio series) act in it.

You can hear the sketch here or on our SoundCloud page. There's also a funny blooper/outtake reel at the end, so make sure to listen to the whole thing!

Monday, June 13, 2016

...And Goodbye, Joanne: RIP Janet Waldo

This has been a hard year for Adventures in Odyssey fans. Earlier this year, Alan Young, the voice of Jack Allen died. We regret to inform you that another beloved actor has left us: Janet Waldo.

Janet Waldo died this past Sunday at the age of 96. For animation fans, she is most known for her role as Judy Jetson on The Jetsons, as well as other cartoons. However, for all of us, she was the voice of Jack Allen's wife, Joanne Woodston- Allen.

Janet first appeared on Odyssey in the episode titled Wonderwold. In that episode and subsequent ones, she played Maureen Hodges, Lawrence Hodges' mother. Janet later changed roles and started playing (then) Joanne Woodston in The Decision. Her character and Jack Allen were later married in, For Whom The Wedding Bells Toll, Part 3. Janet appeared in over 30 episodes, with 28 of them having Joanne in them. We last heard her in Home Again, Part 2. That episode also contained Alan Young's last appearance on AIO.

Our prayers are with her family at this difficult time. We miss you, Janet. Thanks for the wonderful memories!

Monday, May 30, 2016

"Would You Like a Muffin?" T-Shirts For Sale

The Summer Celebration continues and have we got something special for you! Almost every AIO fan likes the Novacom Saga. Also, one of the most quoted lines from Odyssey is spoken by Arthur Dent during it. That would be "Operation Think Tank will enslave the human race. Would you like a muffin?"  Now, you can get that very quote on a t-shirt, hoodie, or sticker!

Using Teespring, you can buy any or all of these items for a limited time. June 20th, to be precise. Apparel starts at only $18 and stickers are $4 each. Also, these products can be shipped to any one in the world. It doesn't matter if you live in the US, Canada, or Japan! Any AIO fan anywhere can have them.


Sticker Front

You can buy these items and more in a variety of sizes on our Teespring page. Make sure to share this with someone who would like this or you could give one of these products as a gift.. Don't wait too long. Remember, you'll only be able to buy these until June 20th.

Disclaimer: This design was not made or endorsed by Adventures in Odyssey. It is merely a fan project.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Official Podcast 252

In the newest episode of the Official Podcast, Bob and Jesse interview Natalie Babbitt, the actress who played Jenny Roberts. Natalie played Jenny, a blind girl, in 12 episodes on the show. In the interview, she shares some stories about her work on AIO, gives some acting advice, and tells us what she's doing now. You can hear it all here.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Winners of The Dropbox Sampler Drawing

It's time to announce the winners of our drawing for The Dropbox sampler giveaway! Three people out of all the entries will each win a copy of the AIO CD sampler, The Dropbox.

The winners are:
Leah H.
Titus H.
Sarah G.

Congratulations, guys! We'll be contacting you shortly to arrange everything to send you your prizes.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and spread the word about it. The Summer Celebration has just begun! Don't worry. If you didn't win or didn't get to enter, we'll have another contest later this summer!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Farewell, Jack: RIP Alan Young

It is with heavy hearts that we must share the news of Alan Young's passing. On May 19th, at the age of 96, Alan Young left this world. Alan was known the world over as Wilbur Post from the popular show, Mister Ed. He was also known as the voice of Scrooge McDuck for Disney.

However, for us Odyssey fans, he was the beloved actor who brought the role of Jack Allen to life. Jack, along with Jason, first appeared on the show after Hal Smith died. He brought the grandfatherly and wise persona that was similar to Whit's, but in a way that was all his own. Alan played Jack in over 80 episodes. He also played other roles such as Mystic Mountain Lion and Donovan, Jason old NSA boss.

After an interview, Alan mentioned that the part of his career that he was most proud of was Odyssey. AIO certainly impacted his life as he himself impacted the show and its millions of listeners.

It goes without saying that we will all miss him dearly. Rest in peace, Alan. We love you.
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