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Hear about Jay Smouse’s journey from a bully sidekick to comically vain actor to TV show extra to New Zealand and back again

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Whit Hertford, voice of Jay, in 2012

Whit Hertford, voice of Jay, in 2012

A few years ago, Jay Smouse went to Hollywood to be a zombie in a TV series. The behind the scenes reason was a major change that happened to actor Whit Hertford in real life. Hear the story and what’s happened to Whit (and to Jay) since then.

Voting for the Avery Awards has closed, but stay tuned to the podcast cast to hear who won in the categories of Best Actress, Best B-TV Sketch, Best Actor, Best Scene, Best Sound Design, Best Place Wooton and Penny Visited on their Honeymoon, Best Script, Best Villain, and Best Overall Episode!

Fan FavoritesNow Available!
Fan Favorites

Your votes are in and your favorites are counted! This 30th birthday collection features 24 of the most best-loved Adventures in Odyssey audio dramas of all time, complete with a fan-created booklet. It’s an Adventures in Odyssey fan’s must-have keepsake! Fan Favorites is an entertainment experience that everyone in your family will love! From lighthearted comedies to rousing adventures and gripping mysteries, Adventures in Odyssey audio dramas unleash your imagination. Enjoy the best stories from the past thirty years, all in one package!

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What’s the name of Album 65? Can you give us any hints about Morrie? What happened to Whit’s End Connellsville? Can we watch the whole cruise show? The producers answer! (Plus, Avery nominations!)

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Executive producer Dave Arnold, producer Nathan Hoobler, writer/director Sam Suksiri, and writer/director Phil Lollar answer fan questions about recent albums and preview the upcoming Album 65 and look at future books and releases. Then, Bob and Jesse reveal the nominations in the “Up in the Air” and “Under the Surface” Avery Awards.

Voting for the Avery Awards has closed, but stay tuned to the podcast cast to hear who won in the categories of Best Actress, Best B-TV Sketch, Best Actor, Best Scene, Best Sound Design, Best Place Wooton and Penny Visited on their Honeymoon, Best Script, Best Villain, and Best Overall Episode!

Album 63: Up in the Air

Wooton Bassett returns from his honeymoon with two major problems – Penny is missing and his memory is gone! The journey to find his new bride means probing the depths of Wooton’s crazy mind while also reliving his honeymoon – everything from skydiving in Nicaragua to singing on stage with Wooton’s favorite band, the Pool Boys! Meanwhile, Eugene and Connie deal with the highs and lows of raising teenagers. Connie’s half-sister Jules tries to recreate her life in Los Angeles by making a new friend – school troublemaker Valerie Swanson. And when Connie’s driving lessons leave fingernail marks on the dashboard, Jules turns to another source to teach her — Odyssey’s new licensed driver, Buck Oliver. You’ll learn the meaning of true friendship and love as you come along for the heart-changing, risk-taking experience of a lifetime!

Album 64: Under the SurfaceAlbum 64: Under the Surface

A scuba diving adventure leads to an unlikely investigation as Wooton and Penny try to find the owner of a camera they discovered at the bottom of Trickle Lake. And that’s not the only long-hidden secret being uncovered in Odyssey! When Whit sends Olivia and Matthew on an Imagination Station adventure to the Old Testament, the pair discover that their heroes have unpleasant dark sides, too. The Jones & Parker Detective Agency investigates an author’s long-lost final manuscript and discovers that the mystery may be bigger than they ever imagined. And after Buck laments his lack of family connections, Eugene takes him on a road trip to find out more about his personal history. In these six thrilling adventures, you’ll discover why millions of people can’t wait to hear another exciting adventure in Odyssey!

65: Expect the Unexpected

Coming later this year!
Album 65: Expect the Unexpected

There’s never a dull moment in the town of Odyssey! From a mysterious police investigation to an internship at a funeral home, every situation leads to unexpected results. When Zoe Grant and Olivia Parker start a new talk show, they reluctantly choose Jay Smouse as their first guest. But his talent of stuffing his mouth with jelly beans leads to frantic and frightening consequences. An impromptu Parker family picnic turns into an unusual opportunity for David as he decides to go to extreme lengths to prove a point to his kids about initiative. And Buck and the Meltsners face a sudden dilemma when a social worker questions Eugene and Katrina’s role as Buck’s guardians. Don’t miss out on a single shock, twist, or turn as the folks in Odyssey learn about fame, friendship, family, and more in these six exciting stories.

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Kelly Stables (voice of Olivia Parker) talks about Odyssey, ant farms, and angels

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Kelly Stables

Kelly Stables

Actress Kelly Stables has voiced Olivia Parker for seven years now. Kelly shares about balancing life as a mom and actress, changes behind the scenes with the Parker family, and performing with fellow Odyssey actors.

Got Questions about Album 64…or anything Odyssey?
Call 1-855-784-WHIT (9448) to leave a question for the producers to answer on a future podcast. (Always be sure to have your parent’s permission before you call!)

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Album 64: Under the Surface

Album 64: Under the Surface A scuba diving adventure leads to an unlikely investigation as Wooton and Penny try to find the owner of a camera they discovered at the bottom of Trickle Lake. And that’s not the only long-hidden secret being uncovered in Odyssey! When Whit sends Olivia and Matthew on an Imagination Station adventure to the Old Testament, the pair discover that their heroes have unpleasant dark sides, too. The Jones & Parker Detective Agency investigates an author’s long-lost final manuscript and discovers that the mystery may be bigger than they ever imagined. And after Buck laments his lack of family connections, Eugene takes him on a road trip to find out more about his personal history. In these six thrilling adventures, you’ll discover why millions of people can’t wait to hear another exciting adventure in Odyssey!

Go behind the scenes of the Get in the Show Contest with grand prize winner Grayson Smith

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Grayson Smith with Andre Stojka (Whit), Shona Kennedy (Jules), Katie Leigh (Connie), and host Bob Smiley

Grayson Smith with Andre Stojka (Whit), Shona Kennedy (Jules), Katie Leigh (Connie), and host Bob Smiley

Grayson Smith emerged as one of three finalists from among 2,316 fans who entered the second Get in the Show contest. After an audition with our Adventures in Odyssey cast, Grayson was crowned the winner by fan voting. Last November, he claimed his prize by joining us on the Focus on the Family 40th Anniversary Cruise and performing in the Odyssey live show, signing autographs, and interacting with the actors. Hear about all those experiences and more!

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Actress Lilly Mae Stewart’s journey to Odyssey: From touring the country with Annie to singing on-stage in Les Miserables to the Parker Family

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Lilly Mae Stewart

Lilly Mae Stewart

Lilly Mae Stewart recently took over as the voice of Camilla Parker. She shares about her crazy schedule, from doing stage acting, singing, dancing, voiceover, Wendy’s commercials, electric guitar, and more.

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