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Two former executive producers of Adventures in Odyssey enter the studio

April 27th, 2016

Kurt Bruner, Al Janssen, and Bob Smithouser in the studio

Kurt Bruner, Al Janssen, and Bob Smithouser in the studio

Kurt Bruner and Al Janssen both worked with Adventures in Odyssey in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Now, they work with Open Doors, this month’s featured ministry in the Odyssey Adventure Club. Kurt and Al told us about working at Whit’s End, whether “Sunset Bowlawater” fits in Adventures in Odyssey, and a soon-to-be-fan-favorite bailiff character. Plus, they tell us what Open Doors is doing around the world and how the Club episode “When One Door Closes” fits into that mission.

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The actress behind Whit’s daughter Jana talks about the early days of recording the show

April 13th, 2016

The cast of "The Mortal Coil," 1992. DJ Harner (voice of Jana) is second from the right.

The cast of “The Mortal Coil,” 1992. DJ Harner (voice of Jana) is second from the right.

DJ Harner has been acting on our show from before it was called Adventures in Odyssey. She appeared in the very first Focus drama called “Spare Tire.” She was later cast as Whit’s daughter Jana and recently returned as the same character in “Between the Lines.” Hear how she was cast for Odyssey, her experiences with Hal Smith, and how she actually held the same job as Jana in real life.

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The voice of Wooton’s twin brother Wellington loves screaming, playing a hobbit, and making coffee…and acting on Adventures in Odyssey

March 29th, 2016

Dale Inghram

Dale Inghram


Wooton’s twin brother Wellington is his opposite in almost every way. Hear from the actor who brings Wellington to life — Dale Inghram. Dale has lent his screams to video games, his voice to commercials, and his hobbit feet to Samwise Gamgee. Learn about his acting jobs and the creation and the reappearance of Wellington Bassett.

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Words from the Wise: Penny’s parents stop by for a visit

March 16th, 2016

Penny Wise's parents have recently arrived in Odyssey.

Penny Wise’s parents have recently arrived in Odyssey.

Wooton and Penny recently travelled to Pittsburgh to meet Penny’s parents. The actors behind Frank and Eleanor Wise (Victor Brandt and Carol Mansell) tell us about that first meeting, creating the characters, and working with Jess and Kimmy.

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Composer Jared Depasquale shares secrets of writing music

March 2nd, 2016

Jared Depasquale

Jared Depasquale

How did Jared Depasquale start creating music? How does he create themes that underscore Adventures in Odyssey episodes (and Radio Theatre dramas)? And what exactly are an “oud,” a “duduk,” and a “bouzouki”? The answers to these questions and more on this podcast!

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