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Farewell to our friend Jim Custer

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Jim Custer in the studio for Adventures in Odyssey

Jim Custer in the studio for Adventures in Odyssey

Jim Custer (left) with Chuck Bolte in 2005

Jim Custer (left) with Chuck Bolte in 2005

Jim Custer – the voice of young John Avery Whittaker among others – passed away on May 5, 2019. Former executive producer Chuck Bolte, writer/director Bob Hoose, and actor Gary Reed (voice of Jeff Lewis) knew Jim for a collective period of over one hundred years. The three of them share memories and stories from Jim’s life – and his time on Adventures in Odyssey.

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

Wednesday, 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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Watch the Adventures in Odyssey 30th Birthday Live Show, plus other cruise events

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Come aboard the Focus on the Family 40th anniversary cruise and see the Adventures in Odyssey cast and crew sign autographs, answer questions, and perform the 30th Birthday Show live on stage. Plus, see birthday greetings from our wonderful fans!

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VIDEO PODCAST: Celebrate Adventures in Odyssey’s 30th birthday, plus see what the finalists experienced before Get in the Show

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Look back on 30 years of Adventures in Odyssey with former executive producer Chuck Bolte, co-creator Phil Lollar, executive producer Dave Arnold, writer/director Paul McCusker, and voice actor Katie Leigh. Plus, see what the finalists experienced in the hours leading up to the Get in the Show finale event and see a preview of an upcoming Club show overseas.

Wayback Wednesday: Sage and Erin Bolte

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Sage and Erin Bolte, 1992

Sage and Erin Bolte, 1992

Sage and Erin Bolte argued and fought as siblings Robyn and Melanie Jacobs on Adventures in Odyssey, modeling their performances after their real-life squabbles. As daughters of then-executive producer Chuck Bolte, they saw the inside story of Odyssey and of Chuck himself.

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