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Actor Paul Herlinger (former voice of “Whit”) explains the mystery of vocal foley and his experiences in Odyssey

October 20th, 2009

Paul Herlinger

Paul Herlinger

Actor Paul Herlinger and executive producer Dave Arnold talk about acting in New York, escape from Europe, the mysterious process of vocal foley, and surprise listeners on a train.

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122 Comments on “Actor Paul Herlinger (former voice of “Whit”) explains the mystery of vocal foley and his experiences in Odyssey”

  • Anonymous on October 20th, 2009 - 1:40pm


    i luv u paul u cant leave cause the other guy dont sound a bit lik u or hal

  • aaron on October 20th, 2009 - 2:56pm



  • Original joe on October 20th, 2009 - 2:58pm


    Good podcast. It’s nice to hear Paul again. Can’t wait for part 6 of “Darien’s Rise.”

  • amie on October 20th, 2009 - 2:59pm


    I jist whant to tell you that at 13 I still come home very day to hear the new advencher on the com.
    have a grat and fuling day

  • Audrey on October 20th, 2009 - 3:00pm


    I can’t wait to hear it!

  • Jess on October 20th, 2009 - 3:32pm


    Yay it’s Paul Herlinger!

  • Anonymous on October 20th, 2009 - 5:11pm


    HIS VOICE IS SO CALMING!!! thank you for making adventures in odessey. Thanks

  • Audrey on October 20th, 2009 - 5:48pm


    Yahoo! My birthday is in ten days and my grandma got me Odysseys!

  • Anonymous on October 20th, 2009 - 6:20pm


    Why is whits voice different in Darians rise?

  • Joshua on October 21st, 2009 - 9:43am


    I am the first one to leave a comment! Thank you Paul Herlinger for all you did! We have grown to love you! I love how in the first Episodes we got to hear Paul (The Search for Whit) they brought whit in to the elevator with Eugene and acted like he was a robber and then showed Eugene he was whit some others favorite were Malachi’s Message, and The top. Thanks Paul Herlinger for giving you talents to Odyssey!!!

  • drew on October 21st, 2009 - 11:15am


    Thanks for all your hard work as Whit Paul. I’ll always enjoy listening to the episodes with you in them.

  • Jess on October 21st, 2009 - 3:10pm


    Hey Anonymous Whit is now played by Andre Stojka and if you knew that don’t say anything! 😉 and this side note for a.i.o When is the video podcast going to be :anxious: .

  • Jess on October 21st, 2009 - 3:16pm


    Oh yeah Josh just a bit of advice. Never say you’re the first poster because when you aren’t it well save some embarrassment 🙂

  • Joshua on October 21st, 2009 - 3:59pm


    I said I was the first one up there, But Apparently I was not the first one.

  • j.b. on October 21st, 2009 - 4:08pm


    i liked paul h. and hal s. better.this guy sounds nothing like whit!hey jess,nice faces!

  • Joshua on October 21st, 2009 - 4:16pm


    thanks Jess I will remember that!

  • Austin on October 21st, 2009 - 4:24pm


    We love you Paul!!!!!

  • Joshua on October 21st, 2009 - 4:34pm


    whits voice different in Darians rise, because a different actor is playing him

  • Applesauce on October 21st, 2009 - 5:47pm


    I will truly miss Paul as Whit. He gave so much depth to the character of Whit it is unbelievable. He really shaped the show into what has become. Its hard to believe that hewasnt even really an actor before Odyssey but a voiced commercials and documentaries, not that there is anything wrong with that, but he never had that much experience. Paul I think will always be my favorite of theWhits, but Hal was also fantastic and i think Andre isgoing todo an awesome job. THANKYOU PAUL FORALL 13YEARS!!

  • Angeline on October 21st, 2009 - 8:17pm


    it is sooo cool to hear him again but I wish they would have more podcast episodes
    P.S.sooo cool

  • Samuel on October 22nd, 2009 - 8:58am


    Thanks Paul for your voice of Whit on Adventures In Odyssey.

  • I wanna egg on October 22nd, 2009 - 9:54am


    I don’t want him to leave! the new guy sounds like barnned! But he does a good job 🙂

  • Odyssey fan on October 22nd, 2009 - 12:07pm


    I like Andre’s voice, unfortuantly it seems like I’m the only one :(. People didn’t like Paul Herlinger when he first started either, I think as long as we have a Mr. Whittaker we shouldn’t complain.

  • Ash on October 22nd, 2009 - 1:26pm


    I like Paul alot better as Whit than the new Whit. They don’t sound that much alike. Its going to take some getting used to.

  • kell on October 23rd, 2009 - 7:23am


    Well, I’m trying to get used to the NEW Whit… How soon can we expect to hear the Album 51 adventures??? Getting anxious 🙂

  • katie on October 23rd, 2009 - 1:01pm


    Adventures in Odyssey is the BEST!! 😀

  • Jess on October 23rd, 2009 - 3:05pm


    I herd that three of the episodes that are coming out in album 51 are called 1 and 2.”The Inspiration Station” and 3.”For the Birds”. Is that correct?

  • Will on October 23rd, 2009 - 6:26pm


    Kell, I think album 51 is supposed to air in march.

  • jess on October 24th, 2009 - 7:16pm


    Paul Rocks! 🙂 🙂

  • lea on October 25th, 2009 - 1:14pm



  • rebekah on October 25th, 2009 - 1:50pm


    Paul is AWESOME as Whit! 🙂

  • Danielle on October 25th, 2009 - 2:00pm


    AH!! I miss Paul so much! 🙁

  • hayegirl11 on October 26th, 2009 - 5:02pm


    I wish Paul was still Whit! The new person doesn’t really sound like Whit. I still love AIO!

  • ISSY on October 26th, 2009 - 8:24pm


    🙂 GOOD JOB

  • sara on October 27th, 2009 - 4:26pm



  • Cass on October 29th, 2009 - 11:21am


    Love it!!!!!!!

  • Jennie on October 29th, 2009 - 11:52am


    Thank you for telling us about the Offical Plugged In Podcast. Its really good! I try to make wise choices about entertainment and this is a really great way to hear whats good and whats not so good.

  • grace on October 29th, 2009 - 2:18pm


    Go Andre!

  • Debra on October 29th, 2009 - 6:38pm


    I am an adult who loves adventures in Odyssey. I have all 50 cd’s. I could tell when the voice of Whit changed before, but just barely, it was like he had a slight cold. I really do not want you to leave, but as an adult, I sadly know all things must change. So good luck and I hope I meet you in Heaven, where nothing will ever change again. Thank you.

  • Anonymous on October 29th, 2009 - 6:39pm


    kell albumn 51 is airing next march

  • Aric on October 30th, 2009 - 6:44am


    I think he new actor sounds like Paul. Also could you please restore the html link which will enable those of us who are blind to view the podcat without having to download it to our computer?

  • J.D. on October 30th, 2009 - 8:00am


    Thanks Paul for all your hard work.

  • Griffin on October 30th, 2009 - 2:13pm


    hello, i just wanted to personally thank paul for his outstanding work on AIO it won’t be the same without him:0

  • Griffin on October 30th, 2009 - 2:15pm


    Becree’s rule! (paul)

  • Charisma on October 30th, 2009 - 3:33pm


    HELLO! I didn’t know that Paul was leaving! I almost cried! I have listened to it like all my life! But thank you SO much for all you have given to the listeners! I am gonna miss you GREATLY! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  • SAM on October 31st, 2009 - 10:52am


    I understand and can sympathize with Mr. Herlinger, but I’m really going to miss you on AIO. It makes me kind of sad to see this happen, nevertheless, I have always loved AIO, you guys do such a great job with the series, thank you!

  • tamara on October 31st, 2009 - 6:23pm


    I think the new whit is OKAY. he’s not great but I still have to adgust to him. I wish Paul didn’t have to go. the Novacom series is coming up! yay! if you are young, i would sugjest you don’t listen to it. it’s really scairy.

  • Jesse on November 1st, 2009 - 2:07am


    Thanks, Paul, for playing Whit all these years. I’ve listened to Odyssey for probably over 15 years (I’m 24 now), and you did such a great job matching the voice of the old Whit and continuing on the legacy. God bless you, and thanks so much!

  • VICTORIA on November 1st, 2009 - 4:46pm


    Thank you so much Paul for every minute you have put into making this show so great! I have listened to it scince i was three and I still love it to this day. u have been a blessing to me.If it weren’t for adventures and odyssey I probly wouldn’t have as stronge of a relationship with my family,friends, and God. so u do what you got to do but just know that my prayers go with u paul. Thank You So Much! 😀 God bless u.

  • khemenaya on November 1st, 2009 - 10:52pm


    I dont’t want Paul Herlinger to leave ! Ever since i heard about about Oddyssey ( which was when i was little i used to watch the videos) ,but i don’t want him to leave.Andre kinda sounds a mix of Whit ,Bernard, and Tom.Well atleast AIO is still doing oddyssey. 🙂

  • khemenaya on November 1st, 2009 - 10:53pm



  • abbie M on November 3rd, 2009 - 3:35pm


    ;( I don’t want him to leave. Now the voices won’t sound like they used to. 🙁

  • Allison on November 3rd, 2009 - 5:07pm


    I think as soon as we get used to the new voice it will sound good. I’m already getting used to it and he’s not half bad. but… we’ll still miss Paul. does anybody know if they’re replacing Tom.

  • aLLISON on November 4th, 2009 - 11:30am


    we’ll miss you Paul!

  • Lindsey S. on November 4th, 2009 - 1:31pm


    Mr. Herlinger, I am really going to miss you, but I hope you have a enjoyable retirement and get better soon. God bless you for your service to AIO all of these years. You are much loved!

    Lindsey S.

  • Lindsey S. on November 4th, 2009 - 1:32pm


    Allison, I don’t know, but I sure hope they will replace Bart Rathbone. I can’t imagine Odyssey with out the Rathbones. One thing is for sure, Odyssey would get very boring without Bart and his schemes!

  • aLLISON on November 4th, 2009 - 7:10pm


    Lindsey, Actually they already replaced Bart. You can hear the new actor in
    ‘The Best Small Town” The guy they got is really good. I think they should make Tom die and have a whole episode about how it affected Whit.
    By the way AIO would be boring without Bart!

  • Applesauce on November 4th, 2009 - 8:13pm


    another supper sad thing is Bernard and Tom will not be returning which is truly devestating for me considering they were two of my favorite characters.

  • Anonymous on November 4th, 2009 - 9:59pm


    I am so sad that all those characters are leaving but maybe that is God’s will.

  • lizzi on November 6th, 2009 - 10:56am


    i cant wiat 4 album 51!

  • emily on November 6th, 2009 - 8:42pm


    Bernard’s leaving? I can’t wait till album 51! i agree with the person who posted that tom should die and how it affects Whit. That would be cool.

  • abby j on November 6th, 2009 - 9:58pm


    Oh my goodness! I didn’t realize that Mr. Herlinger was leaving! We are going to miss you so much! My sister and I have listened to this show as long as we both can remember, and I still come home from school excited to listen to the newest episode. We love you, Mr. Herlinger!! 🙂 We’ll miss you!

  • abby j on November 6th, 2009 - 10:03pm


    My sister, Emma, and I listen to this radio show 24/7! I LOVE a.i.o.!

  • Joshua b. on November 7th, 2009 - 7:01pm


    NO! I don’t want Paul to leave Odyssey! My dad used to work at a radio station that airs Odyssey, and so, it was really one of my first top intrests. I am 10 years old, and I’ve been listening to Odyssey ever since. Since I’ve only lived long enough to hear Paul Herliger’s era of Odyssey, I’ve grown to love him. I just can’t seem to let him go. Paul on Odyssey has influenced me greatly. He inspired me to become a christian when I was five years old. Whit is my favorite!

  • elyssa on November 8th, 2009 - 8:20am


    i love u paul when ever i hear your voice i immedeatly feel conforted

  • joanna on November 8th, 2009 - 2:43pm


    Paul’s no longer Whit?! So sad! Even listening to ‘Whit’s’ narration on ‘Darien’s Rise’ I thought, “That’s not Whit!” Guess I’ll have to get used to a new actor, and I’m sure he’ll be good. It’ll be an adjustment. Will miss you, Paul!

  • joanna on November 8th, 2009 - 2:59pm


    Hi Lindsey;

    I’m kinda hoping for a new Bart, too, but at the same time, Walker was Bart. When I was a kid, I heard him as a character named Seymoure on H.R. PufnStuf, and when I heard ‘Bart’on Odyssey, I was sure I’d heard him before. It wasn’t til after Walker died that I did some research. Yup. Bart Rathbone was a yellow spider and I miss them both.

  • Joshua s on November 9th, 2009 - 2:36pm


    all the fans will miss Paul but he left odyssey knowing that he left nothing in every moral every episode he did a true voice for Whit and that is why he will be missed

  • VICTORIA on November 9th, 2009 - 8:43pm


    that was supposed to be whit on darien’s rise! that sounds nothin like paul! 🙁

  • Lindsey S. on November 10th, 2009 - 6:52pm


    Applesauce and Emily,
    Bernard is not leaving. Thank goodness!!!

  • Anna on November 11th, 2009 - 4:10pm


    I love whit but im up for a new one that was weird I never new there was a whit before Paul Herlinger until a little bit ago even though I have listened to Oddesy since I was 4 years old!But I cant wait for a new voice!way to go AIO

  • Anrea on November 11th, 2009 - 11:04pm


    awwww. I’ll miss Paul as Whit!

  • Rachel on November 12th, 2009 - 8:16pm


    I want to thank you for doing odyessy, because of (whit) you. I have come to know the lord I am now a very strong christian! I will miss you as whit and I will be praying for you. GOd bless

  • abigail on November 13th, 2009 - 3:56pm


    I love you Paul and i will miss your voice 🙁

  • kATHERINE on November 14th, 2009 - 4:40pm


    It’s been a blessing to get to know you, Mr. Herlinger. Our family has enjoyed your abilities to play such an influencial character. We miss Hal and now we’ll miss you. Many blessings to you and your wife. We’ve been following Darian’s Rise and it is a bit awkward hearing the new Whit, but we’re adjusting to the new voice and hope he will become and favorable as the previous actors. Thanks for all you’ve done. God Bless

  • DOLL on November 14th, 2009 - 6:03pm


    I LOVE PAUL AS WHIT!!! and i never knew whatpaul looked like!! wish he’d come back!

  • peter on November 17th, 2009 - 5:29pm


    i will miss to see you go

  • EMILY on November 18th, 2009 - 7:23pm


    Adventures in Odyssey will be so different without you.

  • Jen on November 18th, 2009 - 9:25pm


    hi I realy like oddessy
    and I listen to it alot.
    I am sorry to see paul go

  • baily on November 21st, 2009 - 11:29am


    I really like the old whit,and wish he would stay. The new whit is good to,I am getting used to him now.


  • baily on November 21st, 2009 - 11:31am


    Hey it is me again,thanks Paul for using our talent.

  • Elizabeth on November 25th, 2009 - 6:01pm


    i am sorry to see him go.

  • abby on December 1st, 2009 - 1:02pm


    Thanks for all you’ve done Paul! We will all miss you! “Whit” will never be the same with out you!

  • Laken on December 2nd, 2009 - 2:34pm


    I’m 20 years old and married and I have been listening to Odyssey since I was 8 or 9 and I still LOVE it!! I almost wish they would make some episodes a little more geared for adults but they are all awesome! I am really gonna miss Paul as Whit he just made that character really come alive! I wish Whitsend really existed!

  • aLYSSA on December 3rd, 2009 - 7:01am


    I will so miss you.Nobody can make Whit sound like you.Thanks for all you have done to make Whit come to life

  • R.M on December 3rd, 2009 - 9:43pm


    from now on i will use the user name R.M!
    Like Mitch! 🙂

  • connie on December 4th, 2009 - 3:32pm


    I think that we should give the new whit a chance. I think that we are being kinda mean, because he’s new and doesn’t know everything that the beloved Mr. Whittaker had. I <3 you Paul Herlinger!

  • Odyssey whiz on December 5th, 2009 - 3:16pm


    Hi! I really liked this podcast. The acter foley was so cool! I practiced with my brother but we were no good. HaHa<

  • ?????? on December 7th, 2009 - 7:56pm


    OK……Everyone is like I dont like the new whit and every thing bu honestly as long AS YOU Still do odyessy i dont care whatt they sound like but i would like you to air ones about eugene and katrina and hopefully a baby in the future is connie ever get married and have a baby but i really enjoy odyessy i listen to it almost every night thanx again

  • Audrey on December 9th, 2009 - 9:14pm


    thanks thats awesome!

  • aReM on December 10th, 2009 - 11:42pm


    R.M and AREM are both me!
    i am like Mitch! 🙂

  • jammas on December 10th, 2009 - 11:47pm


    my real name is Monique.
    i am the actor of a background person in wits end.

  • arem on December 10th, 2009 - 11:48pm



  • livia on December 11th, 2009 - 2:27pm


    whit rocks

  • Megan on December 27th, 2009 - 10:27pm


    We are going to miss you soooooo much, Paul! I am 13 years old and still love to listen to AIO! I will still probubly listen to it as an audult! I might even want to work there one day!
    As long is there is still the character Whit, I am fine with whoever plays him.

  • abby on January 1st, 2010 - 4:41pm



  • torquiose on January 6th, 2010 - 5:47pm


    i luv all the episodes you do.i wait for the episode about novacom

  • torquiose on January 6th, 2010 - 5:48pm


    also i like connie and donna.their both lime

  • torquiose on January 6th, 2010 - 5:49pm


    also i like connie and donna.their both like me

  • shannon on January 21st, 2010 - 5:43pm


    Thanks so much for all you do me and my family will miss you.
    P.S. you play a GREAT Whit!

  • bobbianne on January 25th, 2010 - 12:01pm


    the new whit does not sound like paul herlinger

  • trulyblessed on February 4th, 2010 - 3:26pm


    I gasped and dropped the silverware (I listen to Odyssey while doing dishes) when I heared Paul Herlinger lived here in WA! That would be so cool if I got to meet him someday!!

  • nahtan on February 11th, 2010 - 3:33pm


    connie is right, we should give andre a chance, I was born on the exact year that paul started. I turned 14 on february 9th, and was born in 1996. Paul is now in a better place, so we shouldn’t worry about paul to much

  • Anonymous on February 13th, 2010 - 12:56pm


    i am sooo sad about paul herlinger! 🙁 he was such a great audio actor, and he really seemed to be his character: whit

  • Bruce on March 8th, 2010 - 5:11pm


    I think the new Whit actually sounds like a voice that Hal Smith would do!…and Mr Herlingher did a great job after Hal Smith passed away…we should keep in mind that the stories are more important than any one actor. Give the guy a chance. It’s Kindom work folks!

  • Becky on March 11th, 2010 - 7:39pm


    I miss Paul a lot. Not sure if I like the new Whit or not. I could tell it wasn’t Paul’s voice. But over time but right now, I miss Paul a lot.

  • kaleena on March 12th, 2010 - 1:37am


    I grew up on Adventures in Odyssey. I started listening right as Paul came on the scene, so he has always been Whit to me. I cried when I found out he passed away. I wish the show the best. I am eighteen now and I can’t imagine how different I would be had you all not been there for me in my turbulent teen years. Thank you.

  • DAWN on April 7th, 2010 - 9:30am



  • justin b. on April 16th, 2010 - 4:20pm


    I love Paul! I know that you’re in Heaven and that I will see you in Heaven. I still love Odyssey!

  • Cassidy on July 14th, 2010 - 11:49am


    I miss you Mr.Herlinger! We all miss you!! I’ts sad that you and Mr.Smith played Whit and passed away, You were great!

  • kate on August 30th, 2010 - 8:14pm


    your the best Whit.

  • smiley on September 1st, 2010 - 5:04pm


    i miss u whit

  • tay on September 14th, 2010 - 9:38am


    you really made a diffrencer in my life by showing me
    jesus in every adventure

  • hAnnah on September 24th, 2010 - 11:45am


    We miss you Whit

  • Anonymous on October 30th, 2010 - 9:32pm


    Thanks for every thing Paul!! We will definitly miss you on the show.God bless you Paul!

  • julia on January 14th, 2011 - 6:26pm


    hi i am 13 and i love odyssey so if you are 4 are 40 odyssey is cool!!! ~jnt~

  • jnt on January 14th, 2011 - 6:30pm


    i did not know you but i hope i get to meet you in heaven. thanks for all you did paul!!

  • awesome girl on May 16th, 2012 - 7:34pm


    It makes me laugh that you guys posted a bunch of years ago! Ha Ha HA Ha!

  • Blimeycow on June 28th, 2012 - 4:50pm


    Paul was THE BEST Whit :-/

  • missdeb on November 1st, 2012 - 7:59pm


    Thank you Hal,Paul for all the wonderful yrs of Whit. Started listening to AIO mid80″s w/my boys. They’re grown now. In the early 2000’s introduced AIO to twins I Nannied,bought the Gold series. I cont. to buy the sets for myself and a granddaughter who even as a baby hears them in my car. As a 62yr old woman,I still learn lessons,Love the mysterys,Bible Adv,& those that make me laugh. BTW I miss Tom. Bernard,Dave Madden,always is a favorite. Pray new Whit will grow on me soon.Keep them coming.

  • stormshadow on October 30th, 2013 - 9:42am



  • Nancy Drew on May 20th, 2016 - 11:18am


    Love you, Whit!!

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