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.
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.
For nearly eighteen years, Odyssey fans have recorded themselves alongside the actors in the Kids’ Radio attraction in Colorado Springs. This summer, a new script is part of the studio featuring guests interaction with Whit and Wooton. Hear about the creation of this new story from writer/director Sam Suksiri, mastering engineer Rudy Haerr, and hospitality specialist Diane Ingolia.
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.
Like so many families, the Pences listened to Adventures in Odyssey on long car trips. Second Lady Karen Pence and her daughter Charlotte share with Bob and Jesse about listening to Odyssey, finding kingdom moments, the importance of art, and bunnies (yes, really!). Hear the most unusual Odyssey podcast interview ever.
Natalie Lander’s dad played Squiggy on Laverne and Shirley. Her mom is an actor and photographer. Most of her other relatives are in the arts and entertainment world. Natalie talks about the business, singing as Kevin in Home Alone musical, playing a cheerleader on The Middle, and - of course - playing Zoe Grant on Adventures in Odyssey.
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!
LillyMae 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.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Waston has been listening to Adventures in Odyssey since the very first episode in 1987 and he recently had the chance to come to Focus and record cameo parts for several Odyssey episodes. Benjamin won this year’s Bart Starr Award and was a finalist for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
Kay Bess isn't new to Odyssey. She played a baddie in "Between the Lines" and an elderly Irena Sendler in "One More Name." But she's new to the part of Dr. Lily Graham. Learn about her history, her roles on Odyssey, and taking over for a beloved actress and character.
Diane Michelle voices Alice in "Passages: Fletcher's Rebellion," Lillia in "The Tower, and Orpah in "Three Funerals and a Wedding." Plus, she was Doctor Morton for many years and now she's the woman from Tekoa in the upcoming "David and Absalom." She's been a bunch of Odyssey episodes, but hasn't been in the spotlight...until now!
The John Avery Whittaker Award honors people who have impact on the faith of those around them. Heath nominated the Whit in his life: Shirley Barrett. Heath tells his story, how God has used his life, and gives thoughts on how others can act like Whit to people around them.
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.
Writer Marshal Younger's wife Stephanie works in a transplant clinic. She met a child who wondered if he would get the personality of the person who donated a liver to him. Hear how that story turned into the touching episode "Have a Heart."
Actor Scott Whyte auditioned for Odyssey for years and never landed a role, but he was encouraged by his friend Jess Harnell (voice of Wooton Bassett). Scott finally was cast as Whit's son Jerry Whittaker and has voiced a number of roles since then including Buddy Norman's dad. Hear about his journey to Odyssey and how it involved Indiana Jones, The Mighty Ducks, a band named The Scott Whyte Band, and more.
Editor Liz Duckworth and Focus on the Family Vice President of Content and Product Development and Integration Bob DeMoss talk about the history and features of the new Adventures in Odyssey NIrV Bible. Plus, hear about their favorite Bibles when they were kids.