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