Jungle Jam and Friends: The Radio Show!,
or simply Jungle Jam, is a radio show with Evangelical Christian
themes as well as humor. The show was created by Jeff Parker and
Fancy Monkey Studios, featuring
voices, writing, and sound editing by Nathan Carlson (known for his role
as Richard Maxwell on Adventures in Odyssey), Phil Lollar (AIO
co-creator), David Buller, and many others.
The program first aired in 1993 and within two years it had been aired
on over 800 radio stations. Cassettes of the broadcast were available
from Word Entertainment until the year 2000. At that point, the show was
taken over by Fancy Monkey Studios, Inc., who sell CDs of the broadcast.
Jungle Jam continues to air, with most recent episode, "Driving Miss
Lazy," released in 2006. The series features songs by award-winning
husband and wife musicians, Buddy Miller and Julie Miller. The team also
released an animated Christian video series, Little Dogs on the
Prairie. One of the
projects Fancy Monkey Studios was, in fact, what became 3-2-1
Penguins!, successfully pitched to Nawrocki and Phil Vischer at Big
The show is usually set in the jungle, although episodes occasionally
take place elsewhere. Episodes follow a pattern: an introduction will be
followed by a ten to forty-five minute story. The shorter stories end in
an upbeat song; the longer episodes are divided into two parts and have
songs scattered throughout. Although most episodes feature the Jungle
Jam gang, some follow a boy named Marvy Snuffleson and his sister
Katie and their visits to the remarkable RazzleFlabben Island. All
episodes teach a lesson about the Bible or about Christian life.
It is interesting to note
that the format for Jungle Jam is similar to that of
Adventures in Odyssey's split episode format which wasn't so popular
in its day. This is mainly because Phil Lollar was involved with both
Adventures in Odyssey and Jungle Jam. Also, several familiar
Adventures in Odyssey voices appear in the jungle setting,
including Phil Lollar, Nathan Carlson, Chris Anthony, and others.