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FREE EPISODE: “Spare Tire,” the first drama Focus on the Family produced

December 19th, 2017

Co-creator Steve Harris (left) and former Executive Producer Chuck Bolte at the 500th episode in 2002

Co-creator Steve Harris (right) and former Executive Producer Chuck Bolte at the 500th episode in 2002

Merry Christmas! As the year draws to a close, we listen to the very first radio drama ever produced by Focus on the Family. “Spare Tire” released on the daily Focus on the Family broadcast on December 17, 1983 and it paved the way for “Family Portraits” and – ultimately – Adventures in Odyssey. Hear this drama, plus an interview with Odyssey co-creator Steve Harris.

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86 Comments on “FREE EPISODE: “Spare Tire,” the first drama Focus on the Family produced”

  • tony on December 19th, 2017 - 8:47am

     

    First, hopefully. 🙂


  • Feathertail on December 19th, 2017 - 9:14am

     

    First???


  • Moriah on December 19th, 2017 - 9:40am

     

    First Comment?!!


  • knittingfun on December 19th, 2017 - 9:43am

     

    Nice!


  • Feathertail on December 19th, 2017 - 9:47am

     

    How come they didn’t put Odyssey Sings in the free episodes category?


  • alexandra on December 19th, 2017 - 9:52am

     

    first


  • alexandra on December 19th, 2017 - 9:53am

     

    I’m 99.9% sure I didn’t get first


  • country girl on December 19th, 2017 - 9:58am

     

    First!!?


  • alexandra on December 19th, 2017 - 10:25am

     

    I thought the comments would be moderated right now


  • country girl on December 19th, 2017 - 10:30am

     

    First!? I don’t know if my first message went through


  • KUNGFUNAOMI on December 19th, 2017 - 10:30am

     

    Whoop Whoop!! Merry Christmas!


  • Mitch on December 19th, 2017 - 10:38am

     

    First?


  • Alexandra on December 19th, 2017 - 10:46am

     

    Please Please PLEASE have a comment update


  • Cartoons on December 19th, 2017 - 10:50am

     

    Yo


  • Cartoons on December 19th, 2017 - 10:51am

     

    It’s not Wednesday! Why the new podcast?! Thanks anyways! 😀


  • Feathertail on December 19th, 2017 - 11:35am

     

    I got first!!


  • Daniel on December 19th, 2017 - 11:37am

     

    first


  • Daniel on December 19th, 2017 - 11:37am

     

    am i first


  • Daniel on December 19th, 2017 - 11:39am

     

    Is this really posting?


  • Daniel on December 19th, 2017 - 11:39am

     

    First?


  • Feathertail on December 19th, 2017 - 12:04pm

     

    Why aren’t the comments uploading?


  • Cartoons on December 19th, 2017 - 1:05pm

     

    TONY,
    Congrats! 😀


  • Feathertail on December 19th, 2017 - 1:17pm

     

    Second again! Off by nearly and hour!!!


  • Godgirl on December 19th, 2017 - 1:18pm

     

    I am praying that AIO will still be around when I adopt my kids! This will be such a big thing in my home. Merry Christmas Odyssey!


  • Anonymous on December 19th, 2017 - 2:56pm

     

    thanks for the free episode odyssey!


  • DAniel on December 19th, 2017 - 5:13pm

     

    I see there is another Daniel posting now so I might change my username

    @Country Girl. Thanks for answering my quiz on the last podcast. everybody else answer it to please .


  • Otilia on December 19th, 2017 - 6:18pm

     

    Well… I thought this was going to be sad, but it turned out well. and it just felt private in a good way


  • Knittingfun on December 19th, 2017 - 9:07pm

     

    Winners for the word game I did!! 😀

    Alexandra/~A Faith N~:
    Got 710 points on the word game! She won first place! Congrats Alexandra!!

    Feathertail:
    Got 540 points on the word game! You won second place! Congrats Feathertail!! 😀

    Cartoons:
    Got 420 points on the word game! You won third place! Congrats Cartoons!! 😀

    Amidala:
    Got 410 points on the word game! You won forth place! Congrats Amidala!! 😀

    Thanks everyone for participating! 😀 If you want me to do more just say! 😉


  • Hawkeye on December 19th, 2017 - 9:11pm

     

    Congrats Tony!


  • Hawkeye on December 19th, 2017 - 9:12pm

     

    Daniel, just curious how old are you?


  • courtney on December 20th, 2017 - 5:27am

     

    Thanks Odyssey! 🙂


  • rt on December 20th, 2017 - 6:53am

     

    hi there


  • rt on December 20th, 2017 - 7:03am

     

    hi there remember me


  • Feathertail on December 20th, 2017 - 8:39am

     

    Congrats Tony.


  • alexandra on December 20th, 2017 - 9:18am

     

    I’m gonna see if the emojis on the computer will work:?????


  • alexandra on December 20th, 2017 - 9:20am

     

    ?


  • Anonymous on December 20th, 2017 - 9:33am

     

    HI RT i remember you


  • Prkr prstn on December 20th, 2017 - 9:33am

     

    Dat wuz me


  • Sue on December 20th, 2017 - 10:10am

     

    I would love a copy of this…for so many reasons. You all have been a blessing to me and the children for so many years. Happy Birthday, AIO.


  • Candy on December 20th, 2017 - 12:03pm

     

    Feathertail do u read warrior cats? And is that where u got your name?


  • melissa on December 20th, 2017 - 12:58pm

     

    congrets tony on first mery crismas odyssey team melissa


  • FIERCEGRACE1 on December 20th, 2017 - 1:18pm

     

    HI


  • alexandra on December 20th, 2017 - 1:29pm

     

    @Blog mods
    Why don’t emojis on a computer work?It always comes up as a question mark


  • Katie10 on December 20th, 2017 - 1:44pm

     

    Merry Christmas everyone to you guys to Aio team!


  • Knittingfun on December 20th, 2017 - 2:09pm

     

    Dear AIO,
    Thank you for all your hard work. My family and I really have enjoyed your episodes a lot. We have been listening to them for years and years. We started with cassette tapes, then on the radio, and now we have the club. It’s one of my favorite things to do is to listen to your episodes with my family. I am glad you all have kept everything up so well, and I hope you will continue to do so. Happy Birthday!
    ~Marni


  • knittingfun on December 20th, 2017 - 2:24pm

     

    alexandra,
    Its the same with me too.


  • knittingfun on December 20th, 2017 - 2:24pm

     

    Dear AIO,
    Also, Merry Christmas!!


  • Hawkeye on December 20th, 2017 - 3:18pm

     

    My earlier question was to the Daniel who has been posting awhile.


  • melissa on December 20th, 2017 - 3:21pm

     

    at blog mods the podcast won’t play can you please fix it? thanks melissa


  • farmer on December 20th, 2017 - 6:51pm

     

    MERRY CHRISTMAS YOU GUYS!!!!


  • MochA14 on December 20th, 2017 - 8:53pm

     

    Hey!!!!!!! 4 days till Christmas!!!????? I’m dying to give my family my gifts that have been hanging out under the tree for 4 weeks . ( and let’s be honest. I want to open mine to )


  • Godgirl on December 20th, 2017 - 10:59pm

     

    Hello everyone! I thought I would do a Q&A about me, so if you have any Qs, just tell me! I will answer all of the ones I find on Tuesday! Thanks!


  • Anonymous on December 21st, 2017 - 7:31am

     

    Anyone got good ideas for a new episode?


  • Belle on December 21st, 2017 - 8:04am

     

    How do ya’ll get emojis?
    thank you AIO for your fun filled episodes!


  • Fern155 on December 21st, 2017 - 9:00am

     

    @candy are u talking about Erin hunters WARRIORS series? I never really read the cat ones but I read her other series SURVIVORS. It’s about dogs?


  • adelaide on December 21st, 2017 - 10:28am

     

    AWASOME!!!


  • Wendell on December 21st, 2017 - 8:11pm

     

    Great Show! Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year!


  • pcake on December 22nd, 2017 - 11:47am

     

    Hi, I’m new here, and only just discovered AIO podcasts, but I love them!


  • Ezt on December 22nd, 2017 - 12:01pm

     

    bring back Alex!!!!!!


  • Ol Ivia on December 22nd, 2017 - 2:05pm

     

    Cool podcast.


  • Person on December 23rd, 2017 - 1:10am

     

    Merry Christmas!


  • KJ on December 23rd, 2017 - 9:57pm

     

    The 50th comment!!!! yay


  • Daniel on December 24th, 2017 - 11:50am

     

    I am not going to change my username


  • Daniel on December 24th, 2017 - 11:52am

     

    @Hawkeye I don’t think I should give my ageout yet


  • GoPacKsgo on December 29th, 2017 - 8:01am

     

    Happy new year AIO!!!!

    You guys rock and we have been listening to adventures in odyssey since I was six or seven and has helped me in some life situations THANKS!!!

    Happy birthday AIO!!


  • joshua on December 29th, 2017 - 1:41pm

     

    Hi everybody my name is Joshua. I am twelve and I am a huge fan of adventures in oddysey


  • country girl on January 3rd, 2018 - 2:57am

     

    Hi Joshua! I am a twelve year old girl. I have 6 younger siblings. Do you have siblings? Did y’all have a good Christmas? I did!
    Country Girl


  • rebecca on January 3rd, 2018 - 9:44pm

     

    Finally I have wanted this story to come out as a free episode because I have never heard it before!! Country Girl my friend have 8 kids in their family. I have 3 sibilngs, and 4 including me.


  • Feathertail on January 4th, 2018 - 7:39am

     

    Hi Joshua! I’m a girl; I’m turning thirteen in 13 days. I have one younger brother. What do you like to do? I like to read an write. I read a lot.


  • rebecca on January 4th, 2018 - 9:08am

     

    Hi Joshua!! I’m a girl, I’m thirteen I have one younger brother and an older brother and sister, the ones older then me are all married. What do you like doing? I love to play my fiddle, and I like to do school. I also enjoy babysitting. it is fun!!


  • Q on January 4th, 2018 - 2:41pm

     

    Hi Joshua!
    I am a 13 year old girl, I have 4 siblings, and I live in Australia!
    How old are you? Do you have siblings? We’re do you live? (You don’t need to answer those Qusetions if you don’t want to.) 🙂


  • country girl on January 5th, 2018 - 3:17am

     

    Rebecca, wow! I guess we have 7 including me so were just one away from eight! Do you want to be posting buddies? There’s a lot of people talking to Joshua but I dont want think he comes on often.
    Country girl


  • rebecca on January 5th, 2018 - 9:29pm

     

    @ country girl

    Yes, sure I would like that. I’m thirteen. How old are you? are you in school? if so, do you homeschool or go to a main school?


  • conniemitch on January 6th, 2018 - 9:05pm

     

    Last.


  • GERRY on January 7th, 2018 - 4:07pm

     

    Great look back seeing how the show has developed in 34 years, but the message still resonates clearly. Thanks for your collective talents in blessing such a diverse community, week after week – the people who follow Adventures in Odyssey. I know you’ve touched the hearts of many, myself included – and to think it affects you again every time you hear a program – I’m convinced that is the Lord’s anointing on the product you are assembling. May the Lord continue to bless you in your work!!!!!!


  • rebecca on January 8th, 2018 - 9:29am

     

    their is no such thing as last is their?


  • country girl on January 9th, 2018 - 3:25am

     

    Rebecca, I am a 12 year old girl ( I will be 13 in March). I am homeschooled. its hard to concentrate on school with all the chaos at our house! There is not any such thing as last comment because it keeps going.
    Country Girl


  • rebecca on January 9th, 2018 - 8:55am

     

    hi country girl I didn’t think so, but I wasn’t sure. My friend will turn 18 in March and onther I baabysit will turn 6 in march. all of my family members have a birthday n ocober except my oldest sister my mom and my dad but my oldr brother and my younger brother are all in october.


  • country girl on January 11th, 2018 - 4:39am

     

    Sorry I didn’t write back sooner I didn’t check this podcast. I don’t understand. oh! Do you mean you just have a friend turning 18. Then someone you babysit turning 6? How many people are in your family? what are the ages? We have 9. Ranging in ages from 1 – 13. With 2 sets twins!


  • rebecca on January 14th, 2018 - 4:35pm

     

    @ country girl,

    sorry messed up age he will turn 7,


  • Captain Laur on January 16th, 2018 - 9:54am

     

    Hey,
    AIO fans! That ep ” spare Tire ” was good for first one ya guys ever made
    ????? keep it up! And good work ? it was amazing


  • Captain Laur on January 16th, 2018 - 9:55am

     

    Hey,
    AIO fans! That ep ” spare Tire ” was good for first one ya guys ever made
    ????? keep it up! And good work ? it was amazing


  • Captain Laur on January 16th, 2018 - 7:59pm

     

    Hi @CountryGirl :
    I’m Homeschooled too! It’s nice to know that there is someone else that is home schooled! ?
    I live in Colorado ( U. S. A ) I have two brothers ( both are older ) .


  • Captain Laur on January 16th, 2018 - 8:02pm

     

    Hey so my username is supposed to be ” CAPTAIN LAURA ” but it was too long so it’ s captain laur so yeah I can spell ?


  • Captain Laur on January 16th, 2018 - 8:03pm

     

    Oh my EMOJI’S are ??? Marks 🙁


  • rebecca on January 17th, 2018 - 10:47am

     

    @ Country girl,

    sorry, I didn’t get back sooner, I have a friend turning 18 on march 16 and one of the kids I babysit turn 7 on the 16 on march also. I have to babysit again today, a 8 year old and another 6 year old who turns 7 on february 4, my best friend is finally here for school today!!


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