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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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117 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


  • 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!!


  • Karen on February 5th, 2018 - 7:14am

     

    Thank you so much for years of Adventures in Odyssey! My kids grew up with that, and we were also blessed to raise our kids in the Reagan era. We have indeed been blessed.


  • a.j. on February 10th, 2018 - 4:00pm

     

    sup;


  • Elise on February 12th, 2018 - 12:16pm

     

    @aj hiya


  • ELISE 11 on February 15th, 2018 - 8:39am

     

    Prayer place


  • ELISE 11 on February 15th, 2018 - 10:39am

     

    My other prayer place is at lights out. Just search it.


  • Elise on February 15th, 2018 - 12:44pm

     

    ELISE 11 on February 15th, 2018 – 5:45am

    @country girl I know soooo sad. She has to be taking of the machines because they are not helping her. It is a little girl. I can’t share the name but you can call her, baby R.
    Please pray for baby R!!!!!
    God bless,
    Elise


  • Felicity on February 27th, 2018 - 6:44am

     

    It will not let me listen to this…


  • CARTOONS on March 5th, 2018 - 10:41am

     

    Pray for a kid from my church and his fam. 🙁 I’d rather not say why but it’s a sad situation and I’m worried.


  • Elise on March 7th, 2018 - 5:36am

     

    Im praying for them right now.


  • Go chargers! on March 8th, 2018 - 11:56pm

     

    DID THIS PODCAST SAY FREE???????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Elise on March 13th, 2018 - 4:05pm

     

    Yes!


  • bree on March 27th, 2018 - 9:05am

     

    A great show and I really liked it I love you guys Thank you for making odessey


  • grace on May 10th, 2018 - 7:42am

     

    Daily Devotion: Hi everyone! Today is the first day of my devotions!
    Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV: And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
    This verse is basically saying that God is able to bless you at all times. Even if we don’t realize it.
    Prayer: Dear Father God, Thank you so much for this day. We appreciate you blessing us all the time even when we don’t know it. Amen
    -Naomi’s Daily Devotion


  • Cartoons on May 10th, 2018 - 10:34am

     

    Thanks for the lesson Naomi.


  • Anonymous on May 10th, 2018 - 8:06pm

     

    Oh cool Naomi is my name XD B)


  • grace on May 11th, 2018 - 9:08am

     

    Daily Devotion for the Day: Hi Everyone! It’s daily devotion time!
    Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
    So, basically, this verse is talking about how we should encourage each other. It’s saying that we should build each other up and to make sure we treat each other as we should be treated.
    Prayer: Dear Father God, Thank you for this day. Thank you to let us build each other up.
    -Naomi’s Daily Devotion


  • Daniel on May 11th, 2018 - 3:45pm

     

    Thanks for the devotions Grace keep going


  • grace on May 11th, 2018 - 4:13pm

     

    Your welcome!


  • grace on May 13th, 2018 - 2:35pm

     

    Daily Devotion for the Day: Hi everyone! It’s daily devotion time! Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
    So basically, this verse is about how God knows the plan for you and that he gives you hope for your future. He has plans for you to prosper.Prayer: Dear Father God, Thank you for this day. Thank you for waking us up this morning.
    -Naomi’s Daily Devotion
    ~Love,
    Ya


  • Anonymous on May 15th, 2018 - 3:46am

     

    @Grace
    Thanks for that!


  • lionHOUND on May 15th, 2018 - 8:26am

     

    @Grace
    Grace your Devotions are short and power please keep post! and one day I Think God will use you in Wonderful ways to help his Kingdom. ( Now This is for the Podcast ) I Love this one its so powerful my parents and my whole family has went through some rough times but God helped us and now the Rough Period has passed away and my family is Better then before


  • grace on May 15th, 2018 - 8:53am

     

    @Lionhound
    Thanks so much! I’m glad you think that!


  • Daniel on May 15th, 2018 - 4:02pm

     

    BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY/ DEVOTION VERSE :

    All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. – 2 Timothy 3:12


  • grace on May 15th, 2018 - 9:48pm

     

    Guys, I don’t know why, but my devotion didn’t post. I will try to fix it and my devotions will continue tomorrow, May 16, 2018. Thank you guys so much.
    Love ya,


  • grace on May 16th, 2018 - 9:28am

     

    Daily Devotion for the Day: Hi everyone! It’s daily devotion time!
    Verse: All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. – 2 Timothy 3:12 (Thank you @Daniel for the verse)
    So basically, this verse is talking about that if we desire to live godly in God, will suffer persecution.
    ~Love Ya,
    Grace
    @Everyone, sorry about it being so short, I didn’t have much time.


  • Daniel on May 16th, 2018 - 3:25pm

     

    BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY /DEVOTION VERSE :

    The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him nor can he know them because they are spiritually dicerened. – 1 Corinthians 2:14


  • Daniel on May 17th, 2018 - 3:51pm

     

    BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY/DEVOTION VERSE :

    You will be hated by all because of My name but the one who endures to the end will be saved. – Mark 13:13


  • grace on May 17th, 2018 - 8:03pm

     

    Daily Devotion for the Day: Hi everyone! It’s daily devotion time!
    Verse: You will be hated by all because of My name but the one who endures to the end will be saved. – Mark 13:13
    This verse is basically saying that we will be hated by people because of what we believe, but if we still stay true to God we will be saved forever!
    Prayer: Dear Father God, Thank you for this day. Thank you for waking us up this morning and for giving us life. Lord, we thank you for all that you do.
    ~Love Ya,
    Grace


  • grace on May 17th, 2018 - 8:09pm

     

    @Everyone, I will be doing a devotion series on The Importance of God’s Word starting May 20 through the 26. It will be a great series and will be longer too. One devotion will last about 2-3 chats. Please listen in because this will be a great devotion that I am so excited to teach! Thank you all so much.
    Much Love,
    Grace


  • Daniel on May 18th, 2018 - 3:42pm

     

    BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY/ DEVOTION VERSE :

    Jesus said to him I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. – John 14:6


  • Daniel on May 21st, 2018 - 3:33pm

     

    BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY /DEVOTION VERSE:

    This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success. – Joshua 1:8


  • haley on May 29th, 2018 - 4:31pm

     

    dear daniel thank you for th verses they really help keep up the good work


  • Joelle on June 28th, 2018 - 2:02pm

     

    How can you get it?


  • Hannah on July 8th, 2018 - 6:02pm

     

    Hey guys! I just got baptized today at summer camp!


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