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FREE EPISODE: “Gone Fishing,” a Focus on the Family drama from 1986!

December 19th, 2018

Merry Christmas! “Gone Fishing,” one of the early dramas Focus produced, featured two actors who would later become familiar names on Adventures in Odyssey: Chuck Bolte and Hal Smith. Chuck Bolte was executive producer on the show during the majority of its first decade and Hal Smith, of course, became the first voice of John Avery Whittaker. Hear this drama that helped lay the foundation for Adventures in Odyssey, plus some special memories from Chuck.

Hal Smith (left) and Chuck Bolte during the recording of "Gone Fishing," 1986

Hal Smith (left) and Chuck Bolte during the recording of “Gone Fishing,” 1986

Hal Smith as the Pancake Man (left) in the International House of Pancakes

Hal Smith as the Pancake Man (left) in the International House of Pancakes

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131 Comments on “FREE EPISODE: “Gone Fishing,” a Focus on the Family drama from 1986!”

  • John3 on December 19th, 2018 - 8:11am

     

    First!


  • Anonymous on December 19th, 2018 - 8:30am

     

    FREE EPISODE!!!!! 1st


  • Cartoons on December 19th, 2018 - 9:24am

     

    JOHN3,
    Congratulations on first. 🙂


  • cupcake on December 19th, 2018 - 9:40am

     

    whoo hoo


  • Daniel on December 19th, 2018 - 9:59am

     

    lol


  • GW39 on December 19th, 2018 - 10:38am

     

    Nuuuu!!!!! I didn*t see that they had this one yet…..


  • GW39 on December 19th, 2018 - 10:40am

     

    Do you guys want to try to get to 1,000? I think we can do it. I haven*t posted much the first time, but this time I will try to post a lot!


  • GW39 on December 19th, 2018 - 10:41am

     

    John: Congrats on getting first comment. ?


  • Marisa on December 19th, 2018 - 11:07am

     

    WOOHOO FREE EPISODE!!! 😀 😀 😀 Thanks Odyssey!!


  • Marisa on December 19th, 2018 - 11:08am

     

    What is this book ad that keeps appearing in front of the podcast? It’s on every podcast now I think. Does anyone else hear this?


  • Me on December 19th, 2018 - 11:34am

     

    Lets go for 1000 we can do it guys!


  • Me on December 19th, 2018 - 11:35am

     

    The past two years they gave a free episod eout on dec 19th,
    Sorry for my typing this what happens when i type quickly


  • Cartoons on December 19th, 2018 - 12:31pm

     

    GW39,
    I don’t think we should do it bcoz I’m pretty sure the mods will have all week of next week for Christmas.
    Blog Mods,
    If you can answer. Lol Do you have next week off?


  • ivan on December 19th, 2018 - 12:33pm

     

    @GW39: I don’t think they moderate comments around Christmas so I don’t think we should try for 1000 yet. I would suggest some time next year.


  • Melissa on December 19th, 2018 - 12:54pm

     

    congrets john 3 on getting first comment cool episode thanks AIO merry crismas to the AIO teem sencerly Melissa


  • Carin on December 19th, 2018 - 2:23pm

     

    Let’s get 1000 comments!


  • Me on December 19th, 2018 - 2:28pm

     

    I wonder how many people post here


  • Bookworm on December 19th, 2018 - 2:37pm

     

    Congrats John3!


  • GodgIrl on December 19th, 2018 - 2:51pm

     

    Everyone go to the free episode “Happy Hunting” and comment! It is super close to getting 1000 comments!


  • Me on December 19th, 2018 - 3:02pm

     

    I am going to use up all 500 of my characters with randomness
    Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    Can you say much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood
    The answer is a woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would chuck woodchuck could chuck wood I can say it.
    I am looking at a sunflower teddy bear right now
    141 characters left now
    My sister is playing with a kids meal toy
    Waiting 4 water to boil 4hot cocoa even tho it’s 63 outside I’m done now!


  • Me on December 19th, 2018 - 3:04pm

     

    On that comment I had exactly 500 characters


  • Gisela on December 19th, 2018 - 3:50pm

     

    haii! I was listening to “Life Expectancy” earlier! I’m going to listen to this now!


  • Beth88 on December 19th, 2018 - 3:59pm

     

    wow!!


  • AgentX10 on December 19th, 2018 - 4:04pm

     

    Congratulations John3 on first comment!


  • AgentX10 on December 19th, 2018 - 4:15pm

     

    Interesting. Can’t wait to listen to the podcast


  • Kitty on December 19th, 2018 - 4:32pm

     

    The radio stations keep playing part 2 of the ties that bind every saturday.


  • Koto on December 19th, 2018 - 4:39pm

     

    Sup people love free episodes


  • Carin on December 19th, 2018 - 5:27pm

     

    Yeah!


  • Daniel on December 19th, 2018 - 7:19pm

     

    I wanted first but……………………… lol


  • Daniel on December 19th, 2018 - 7:21pm

     

    I really wanted first but….. lol btw how have you all been its been a while.


  • Beth88 on December 19th, 2018 - 7:51pm

     

    I think that Hal Smith was a wonderhul actor. I feel sorry that he is now gone?.


  • Marisa on December 19th, 2018 - 8:06pm

     

    now I really want to go to IHOP to see the picture of Hal Smith… I’ve been there and never noticed….


  • Katie10 on December 19th, 2018 - 9:56pm

     

    That was a cool podcast


  • Dance on December 20th, 2018 - 6:53am

     

    At gw39 yes we should I know I didn’t have that much time this week because of final but maybe sence everyone will have no school they will post more merry Christmas everyone!!!?????


  • Bluestar on December 20th, 2018 - 6:56am

     

    Let’s go 1000!! Remember AskBluestar guys? It’s up again!!


  • AgentX14 on December 20th, 2018 - 7:07am

     

    Verse of the day from the agency: Matthew 1:21 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
    5 days till CHRISTmas!
    Happy birthday Jesus!

    Join the agency here:
    https://www.whitsendblog.org/2018/03/grayson-smith/


  • glory on December 20th, 2018 - 8:53am

     

    First??


  • Carin on December 20th, 2018 - 9:09am

     

    Yay free episode!


  • Carin on December 20th, 2018 - 9:12am

     

    WOW


  • Carin on December 20th, 2018 - 9:13am

     

    So what is everyone doing for Christmas?


  • ivan on December 20th, 2018 - 10:43am

     

    lets wait till next year to try for 1000 cause they don’t moderate the comments at Christmas time.


  • melissa on December 20th, 2018 - 11:24am

     

    At blog mods the podcast it plays but in the midle of it it stoops and another play in another file it does this message most of the time can you please fix that melissa


  • Melissa on December 20th, 2018 - 11:26am

     

    coll episode gone fishing melissa


  • AgentX10 on December 20th, 2018 - 12:30pm

     

    5 days until Christmas


  • AgentX10 on December 20th, 2018 - 12:42pm

     

    Cool


  • Carin on December 20th, 2018 - 12:55pm

     

    We have to get 100 a day


  • tali on December 20th, 2018 - 1:01pm

     

    Hi!!


  • tali on December 20th, 2018 - 1:02pm

     

    Merry Christmas!!!!


  • Bookworm on December 20th, 2018 - 1:04pm

     

    @Marisa
    I’ve had the book add at the beginning of podcasts too. 🙂


  • Daniel on December 20th, 2018 - 1:09pm

     

    Hey guys whats up. ( I’ve posted other things but they are not posting them hmm..)


  • Bookworm on December 20th, 2018 - 2:28pm

     

    Can you guys believe it’s only 5 days till Christmas?! 🙂 I’m going to be visiting with family. What about ya’ll?


  • Marisa on December 20th, 2018 - 3:44pm

     

    @Bookworm

    my family is coming over. 🙂


  • tali on December 20th, 2018 - 5:03pm

     

    I love this episode!


  • tali on December 20th, 2018 - 5:07pm

     

    I don’t know if we can get to 1000 comments, but we can try!!


  • tali on December 20th, 2018 - 5:13pm

     

    At bookworm every christmas eve my family gets together at my Grandma and Papa’s house. It’s really great. I hope you have a really fun time!


  • Carin on December 20th, 2018 - 5:32pm

     

    I can’t wait for Christmas!


  • Carin on December 20th, 2018 - 5:33pm

     

    What is your favorite food? Everyone


  • Koto on December 20th, 2018 - 7:17pm

     

    Yo Yo Yo A’fishin we GO learning life lessons along the way!


  • Bluestar on December 20th, 2018 - 8:04pm

     

    @Bookworm, lets talk about books! I, oubviously love Wariors! :blush: 🙂 >===> Thunderclan, attack!<===<


  • Gisela on December 20th, 2018 - 8:30pm

     

    Hi!! I don’t know if all of my comments come thru sometimes, but I just finished this podcast and I LOVE it!!!!


  • AgentX14 on December 21st, 2018 - 6:46am

     

    Bookworm: We are going down to my Grandparent’s place with some cousins. XD


  • Koto on December 21st, 2018 - 7:41am

     

    Looks like I’m the first one up.


  • Gisela on December 21st, 2018 - 8:22am

     

    I’m listening to “The Legacy” on the radio section of this website!! Aghhh getting emotional, I’m not the scene where Eugene says he thought Tom didn’t think he even liked Eugene!!


  • Carin on December 21st, 2018 - 9:09am

     

    Loved it


  • Anonymous on December 21st, 2018 - 9:26am

     

    At book warm I’m just going to be here at home merry crismas every one melissa


  • GW39 on December 21st, 2018 - 9:40am

     

    Well, we can at least try. ?


  • GW39 on December 21st, 2018 - 9:42am

     

    We just need 10 people to post 10 comments a day! Right now I posted two…so….


  • GW39 on December 21st, 2018 - 9:42am

     

    @Bookworm
    We*re just staying home for Christmas. We don*t have any relatives in our area.


  • GW39 on December 21st, 2018 - 9:43am

     

    Is Hal in EVERY IHOP?


  • GW39 on December 21st, 2018 - 9:44am

     

    How did you guys llime “Gone Fishing” ?


  • GW39 on December 21st, 2018 - 9:44am

     

    Oh, I meant “How did you guys *like Gone Fishing”?”


  • GW39 on December 21st, 2018 - 9:46am

     

    I can*t believe it*s only 4 days till Christmas guys!!! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!


  • GW39 on December 21st, 2018 - 9:46am

     

    I think I posted 10 comments…if not I did 8.


  • AgentX10 on December 21st, 2018 - 11:24am

     

    4 days until Christmas


  • AgentX10 on December 21st, 2018 - 11:24am

     

    3 until Christmas Eve!!!!


  • AgentX10 on December 21st, 2018 - 11:25am

     

    First day of winter and no snow. Bummer


  • Me on December 21st, 2018 - 11:36am

     

    Gw39 no he is not i think in the podcast it was said that they remodeled
    Some of them but i cant wait until next ihop stop!


  • Me on December 21st, 2018 - 11:37am

     

    Ivan we can still keep posting comments as much as we can before the mod break


  • Haley on December 21st, 2018 - 12:25pm

     

    Makes me do my own thinking thanks focus on the family !isa


  • Haley on December 21st, 2018 - 12:27pm

     

    Thank you for the great story!!!


  • Gisela on December 21st, 2018 - 12:38pm

     

    I got some AIO CDs from the library and I’m re-listening to “Accidental Dilemma”! The Whisperer’s laugh is hilarious!


  • Koto on December 21st, 2018 - 1:22pm

     

    Hi!


  • Koto on December 21st, 2018 - 1:24pm

     

    What’s with everyone trying to get to 1000 comments about


  • Melissa on December 21st, 2018 - 1:43pm

     

    At gw I liked this episode gone fishing I thought it was good 4 days untel crismas a nd the first day of winter and no snow here eather Melissa


  • Anonymous on December 21st, 2018 - 1:45pm

     

    4 days untel c rismas wow and 3 days untel crismas eave At g W I’m just staying home to I don’t have family members here melissa


  • Melissa on December 21st, 2018 - 1:46pm

     

    At ivan I hope you get the edventures in odyssey cds fore crismas Melissa


  • Melissa on December 21st, 2018 - 1:47pm

     

    At blog mods merry crismas thanks fore all the work you do on here Melissa


  • tali on December 21st, 2018 - 3:16pm

     

    yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • tali on December 21st, 2018 - 3:18pm

     

    hola! Como estas!!


  • tdb on December 21st, 2018 - 3:27pm

     

    Odyssey,

    Please can you guys do another Pop-episode please.


  • rhea on December 21st, 2018 - 3:59pm

     

    love you guys so much


  • Marisa on December 21st, 2018 - 4:57pm

     

    @Gisela

    Ikr? I love that episode!! ^-^


  • AgentX10 on December 21st, 2018 - 5:06pm

     

    Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!


  • tali on December 21st, 2018 - 6:25pm

     

    is any one out their??


  • Everlight on December 21st, 2018 - 8:38pm

     

    Hi I am so excited to listen to this! I love free episodes and I wish they would do more! 4 days till Christmas. Have a great one!


  • justine on December 22nd, 2018 - 8:15am

     

    I’ve been wanting to here this episode for a while now, and now i have the chance to listen to it. Marry Christmas everyone! I hope that everyone enjoys the holidays.


  • PERSON on December 22nd, 2018 - 8:55pm

     

    ANYONE HAVE IDEAS ON SOME GOOD BOOKS TO READ? I AM ON THE LOOK OUT FOR BOOKS ALONG THE LINES OF FICTION, ACTION, MYSTERY, AND CHRISTIAN OR BOOKS LIKE THE FOLLOWING: RANGER’S APPRENTICE, ROYAL RANGER, BROTHERBAND CHRONICLES, THE PRINCE WARRIORS, WHITE FANG, AND BISHOP’S SHADOW. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY RECOMMENDATIONS YOU OFFER


  • tali on December 23rd, 2018 - 6:09am

     

    hi!!!!


  • grace on December 23rd, 2018 - 7:39am

     

    ilove odyssey


  • Carin on December 23rd, 2018 - 12:22pm

     

    Christmas!!


  • Carin on December 23rd, 2018 - 5:17pm

     

    Hi guys


  • Daniel on December 23rd, 2018 - 5:47pm

     

    2 DAYS UNTILL CHRISTMAS. HYPE! HYPE! Ok Im calm sorry just had to get that out
    btw at Koto: back then we use to easily ( and I mean EASILY) get 1000 comments now its just sad….. Awesome podcast I can’t believe I was almost first dang… well
    Merry Christmas,
    Daniel


  • daniel on December 23rd, 2018 - 5:48pm

     

    lol I got 5th comment that my personal best actually. lol


  • Daniel on December 23rd, 2018 - 5:49pm

     

    I just gonna babble until we get 1000 comments lol


  • CHRis on December 23rd, 2018 - 6:35pm

     

    HELLO I loved this podcast it was fabulous (not related to what I was talking about) I can’t wait till Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! anyhow have a merry Christmas


  • christopher on December 23rd, 2018 - 6:38pm

     

    HELLO I’AM REALY REALY (1,000 Realys later) Really excited for Christmas


  • Li’ll elf on December 23rd, 2018 - 9:23pm

     

    Merry Christmas everyone ! And a happy new year !


  • CoolOio on December 24th, 2018 - 9:29pm

     

    It’s awesome!!!!!
    I LOVE free episodes ?


  • DANIEL on December 25th, 2018 - 5:17am

     

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


  • me on December 30th, 2018 - 2:42pm

     

    nice


  • Carin on December 30th, 2018 - 6:52pm

     

    So what is everyone doing?


  • Carin on January 1st, 2019 - 10:08am

     

    Happy new year.


  • Carin on January 1st, 2019 - 10:09am

     

    I stayed up until 12 o’clock it was awesome


  • kai on January 2nd, 2019 - 3:03pm

     

    Hi I am so excited to listen to this! I love free episodes and I wish they


  • Carin on January 4th, 2019 - 1:04pm

     

    I got a adventures in odyssey bible!


  • PERSON on January 7th, 2019 - 5:05pm

     

    WHO WANTS TO PLAY A GAME?


  • PERSON on January 7th, 2019 - 8:12pm

     

    DOES ANYONE WANT TO TALK


  • PERSON on January 8th, 2019 - 6:21pm

     

    BYE


  • Sarah on January 15th, 2019 - 12:00pm

     

    I want Jules and Buck to date, or at least admit they like each other. I want Buck to be adopted! And Connie needs a boyfriend, and Jules will be there if Connie needs her. ?


  • Sarah on January 15th, 2019 - 12:01pm

     

    Who wants Buck and Jules to date? I do!!!?


  • Cole on January 22nd, 2019 - 7:40pm

     

    I love adventures in odyssey. Me and my 3 siblings listen to it every day. I have one question. Will they ever find Mr. Skint? I haven’t seen him since green ring conspiracy. And did Jason ever find Mr. Grout (I don’t know how to spell that)
    Any ways Please answer
    -Cole


  • kazen on February 1st, 2019 - 11:03am

     

    awesome new free episode!!


  • kazen on February 1st, 2019 - 11:07am

     

    @cole i’m pretty sure Jason caught mr. grote (I don’t know how to spell that either)in a two part episode called the labyrinth in album 55 and i’m pretty sure mr. skint’s in the new album 66


  • ? on February 1st, 2019 - 7:05pm

     

    I ?? aio. This is my first comment.


  • ? on February 1st, 2019 - 7:58pm

     

    Hi i’m unicorn …


  • ? on February 1st, 2019 - 8:03pm

     

    I ??? ???? … Who likes ??s.I think Jason and Connie to marrie. Who agress with me?


  • Joy on February 4th, 2019 - 7:17pm

     

    I think jason and Connie should.


  • Joy on February 4th, 2019 - 7:47pm

     

    I am the person who wrote Jason and Connie should get married.


  • Mrs. efland on February 18th, 2019 - 8:42am

     

    no Jason and Connie cant get married hes like 50 years older than her!!!!!! but i think they need to bring back Jeff for Connie.

    oh btw im new this is my very first comment!!!!!


  • AgentX10 on February 19th, 2019 - 5:20pm

     

    Hi everyone!! Want to do something interesting and fun? Come join the Agency here:

    https://www.whitsendblog.org/2018/03/grayson-smith/


  • TIGRESS on March 4th, 2019 - 11:20am

     

    I love this episod!I recinized one voise in the episod.
    I cant wait for more!? I love Odyssey soooooooo much!


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