Now Airing in the AIO Club: “If I Never Told You”

By | January 3, 2021

Welcome to a new year, and a new season of the Adventures in Odyssey Club. Adventures in Odyssey makes a strong move into Season 8 of releasing monthly episodes for the fans. Members, login via your mobile apps and browsers to start the adventure.

If I Never Told You
Not everyone is excited when a surprise guest shows up for the Bassett-Wise holiday retreat at Trickle Lake.

  • You can learn more about this month’s adventure here.
  • Listen now in the Adventures in Odyssey Club (membership required).

About the Adventures in Odyssey Club:
The Adventures in Odyssey Club (AIOC) is a members-only club which gives families access to the entire collection of Adventures in Odyssey episodes, exclusive episodes, web quests, devotionals, and more. You can visit AIOC directly, or visit our AIOC site feature which details what each member gets with their subscription—a great resource for those who may be sitting on the fence about becoming a member! At just $9.99/month (or lower pricing for longer commitment levels), every Odyssey fan should be a part of the Adventures in Odyssey Club. You can get started with a 14-day free trial. And by being a club member, you are helping to support Adventures in Odyssey and keep the show running with more great content—and who doesn’t like that idea?

Fan Site Spotlight: A Look Back at a Decade of Adventure

By | December 31, 2020

Sometimes it’s good to look back at memories as we move forward. Memories and milestones are often great ways to assess where we are and where we are going from here.

The AIO Blog recently posted an article titled, “Top Ten Best Episodes from the 2010’s”. Austin Peachey, avid Adventures in Odyssey fan, looks back at what he feels to be some of the decade’s best episodes from the era and describes why. It’s an insightful read that may get you thinking about your favorite episodes from the 2010’s.

You can read the full article here.

As we move forward to 2021, what are you favorite episodes from the past decade? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!

The Odyssey Scoop Celebrates 20 Years!

By | December 22, 2020

It’s hard to believe, really. On December 22, 2000, a hobby was started. And that hobby developed into a following of Adventures in Odyssey listeners who were discovering an online fan community who adored a radio drama started in 1987. They provided the inspiration to grow and develop a fan site, create unique content, and provide a place where people could discover the wonder, discovery, and excitement of the world’s #1 audio drama.

I had been listening to Adventures in Odyssey since the early 1990’s, when I received my first cassette album as a Christmas gift at the age of 5 or 6 (Album 6: titled Terrific Tales, Mysterious Missions at the time). I remember it just like it was yesterday. My love for the show quickly grew and Odyssey became the soundtrack of my childhood. It wasn’t uncommon to see me sitting next to a tape player, listening to the show for hours on end, experiencing the same episodes over and over. I remember the excitement of awaiting new episodes each weekend on my local radio station and even rushing home on weekdays to catch the latest episode on the radio after school. Dragging my parents to the Christian bookstore was equally as exciting and the anticipation of perusing Adventures in Odyssey collections on the shelves was a highlight of my fandom. Such was the life of an Odyssey fan.

Fast-forward to 2000. I had begun following AIO HQ, started by none other than Nathan Hoobler, member of the Adventures in Odyssey team. I also frequented The Soda Fountain, which had a following as well. It was exciting to be part of a growing fan community and to stay in contact with some of the writers, actors, and producers. There was so much excitement in the air during those days. The Odyssey fan community was just finding its way, and it was new and exciting to be able to connect with others who enjoyed the show. And who would have thought that all these years later that there are multiple fan sites, podcasts, message boards, and Adventures in Odyssey fidget spinners!

The Odyssey Scoop certainly wouldn’t be possible without the many contributors over the years. There are so many I couldn’t possibly remember all the names of the people I’ve met. I’m also thankful for the kind folks at Focus on the Family for creating such wonderful and quality content and for influencing my life for so long. It’s hard to believe the show has been going strong for over three decades. Thank you, Odyssey team, for being so dedicated, inspiring, and creative.

And now, 20 years later, we’re still “providing the Scoop on Adventures in Odyssey, one cone at a time.” We’ll be here, doing our best. Come along with us for the journey!

The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “B-TV: Revenge” and “Crash Course”

By | December 1, 2020

As winter rushes in, so does a new edition of The Odyssey ScoopCast! Tune into our latest episode for more exciting reviews!

B-TV: Revenge and Crash Course in Review
Opinions soar as the ScoopCast team reviews the last two episodes of Adventures in Odyssey Album 63: “B-TV: Revenge” and “Crash Course.” The team discusses effectiveness of humor in episodes, Eugene and Katrina’s parenting progression, and the continuity of Buck’s character. Chris isn’t off the hook either as the team conveys concerns about applying morals and Scripture to episodes. And what does Mrs. Kramer have to do with anything?

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To learn more about The Odyssey ScoopCast and how you can subscribe and never miss an edition, click here. Also, be sure and leave us an iTunes review. It will help more Adventures in Odyssey fans discover our podcast!

The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “Friend or Foe” and “Have a Heart”

By | July 5, 2020

We’re moving right along with our latest Adventures in Odyssey album review series on The Odyssey ScoopCast!

Friend or Foe and Have a Heart in Review
The team joins forces to review two episodes of Adventures in Odyssey Album 63. In their review of “Friend or Foe,” Garrett, Ryan, and Lee discuss Connie and Jules’ relationship, Connie’s role as an authority figure, and the overall message of the show. Plus, they review “Have a Heart” and analyze Buddy’s character development and imagination, Dion’s change of heart, and Chris’s conclusion.

Listen to the latest edition of the podcast!

To learn more about The Odyssey ScoopCast and how you can subscribe and never miss an edition, click here. Also, be sure and leave us an iTunes review. It will help more Adventures in Odyssey fans discover our podcast!

Now Airing in the AIO Club: “Millstones”

By | July 3, 2020

How can we make the right choices? Join your friends in Odyssey for the July exclusive Adventures in Odyssey Club episode, now airing for club members. Members, login via your mobile apps and browsers to start the adventure.

Millstones
Renee learns that ethical choices take practice, while Connie’s campaign to help a friend creates moral dilemmas.

  • You can learn more about this month’s adventure here.
  • Listen now in the Adventures in Odyssey Club (membership required).

About the Adventures in Odyssey Club:
The Adventures in Odyssey Club (AIOC) is a members-only club which gives families access to the entire collection of Adventures in Odyssey episodes, exclusive episodes, web quests, devotionals, and more. You can visit AIOC directly, or visit our AIOC site feature which details what each member gets with their subscription—a great resource for those who may be sitting on the fence about becoming a member! At just $9.99/month (or lower pricing for longer commitment levels), every Odyssey fan should be a part of the Adventures in Odyssey Club. You can get started with a 14-day free trial. And by being a club member, you are helping to support Adventures in Odyssey and keep the show running with more great content—and who doesn’t like that idea?

The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “Find a Penny”

By | June 20, 2020

We’re glad many of you have decided to come along with us as we provide podcasts to you from time to time. Today, we’re excited to launch a new review series of Adventures in Odyssey.

Find a Penny in Review
It’s time for the launch of another Adventures in Odyssey episode review series. As The Odyssey ScoopCast moves to their review of Album 63, “Up in the Air,” the team discusses the two-part episode, “Find a Penny,” including topics such as the Penny and Wooton dynamic, comic relief, the expositional hammer, amnesia, and more. Join us for our next line of reviews as our hosts discuss their thoughts.

Listen to the latest edition of the podcast!

To learn more about The Odyssey ScoopCast and how you can subscribe and never miss an edition, click here. Also, be sure and leave us an iTunes review. It will help more Adventures in Odyssey fans discover our podcast!

Now Airing in the AIO Club: “Cars, Trains and Motorcyles”

By | June 1, 2020

The June exclusive Adventures in Odyssey Club episode has arrived with an exciting road trip with your friends in Odyssey. Members, login via your mobile apps and browsers to start the adventure.

Cars, Trains and Motorcycles
Friendships get tested during a wild, wacky road trip to Chicago to visit Penny’s art exhibit. Detours ahead!

  • You can learn more about this month’s adventure here.
  • Listen now in the Adventures in Odyssey Club (membership required).

About the Adventures in Odyssey Club:
The Adventures in Odyssey Club (AIOC) is a members-only club which gives families access to the entire collection of Adventures in Odyssey episodes, exclusive episodes, web quests, devotionals, and more. You can visit AIOC directly, or visit our AIOC site feature which details what each member gets with their subscription—a great resource for those who may be sitting on the fence about becoming a member! At just $9.99/month (or lower pricing for longer commitment levels), every Odyssey fan should be a part of the Adventures in Odyssey Club. You can get started with a 14-day free trial. And by being a club member, you are helping to support Adventures in Odyssey and keep the show running with more great content—and who doesn’t like that idea?

The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “Legacy”

By | May 29, 2020

At long last, our journey through Album 62: Let’s Put on a Show, wraps up.

Legacy in Review
The Odyssey ScoopCast concludes our review series of Album 62, “Let’s Put on a Show.” Kevin, Garrett, and Ryan discuss the two-part episode “Legacy” and the significance behind it, utilizing the talent of actors, and conversion story arcs. Plus, the team discusses the potential for future episodes.

Listen to the latest edition of the podcast!

To learn more about The Odyssey ScoopCast and how you can subscribe and never miss an edition, click here. Also, be sure and leave us an iTunes review. It will help more Adventures in Odyssey fans discover our podcast!

Whit’s End reopens in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic (Fan Fiction)

By | May 26, 2020

During a time when local business owners are anxious to reopen for their customers, local businessman John Avery Whittaker is hesitantly optimistic.

Having closed down Whit’s End when restaurant shutdowns were ordered due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March of this year, John Whittaker is excited to see his loyal customers again—albeit in a carefully planned way. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines set forth by state and local governments, Whit’s End will be reopening in a phased approach.

“Whit has strict orders that all tables and booths are to be sanitized before and after each patron’s visit,” local college student and long-term employee Connie Kendall states. “Not only that, every other stool at the soda counter is to be used to honor the six feet rule. I’ll tell you this much,” she added, “I can barely breathe through this mask.”

Whit’s End is all set to welcome customers back, all while utilizing social distancing guidelines as set forth by the CDC.

“We want to do this right,” stated Whittaker from behind his surgical mask at the soda counter in Whit’s End. “We’re taking measures very seriously, from setting up the soda shop to conform to distancing requirements to wearing masks to sanitizing surfaces more often than we did in the past. Our long-time friend Bernard Walton of Walton’s Janitorial Services has assured us that he will be monitoring the situation closely. He is a little less concerned about the pandemic but has agreed to work alongside us to make this a success.”

“I just want all this nonsense to be over,” Walton shared with the Odyssey Times. “I think people are over-reacting more than they did during the Y2K crisis in… what year was that again? My mind these days is about as sharp as a bunch of marbles. I’m tellin’ you… this place is filled with a bunch of loonies.” He added, “I’ve gone through so much duct tape putting lines on the floor six feet apart that stocks in duct tape are going to be booming. Maybe it’s time for me to invest?”

Walton also took a moment to share his disappointment with all the panic buying around town as news of the pandemic spread.

“Whit’s End alone has nearly tripled their spending on toilet paper. It seems like I’m always restocking the bathrooms and demand is up. I’ve been reprimanding kids at Whit’s End trying to sneak toilet paper rolls home to their parents. Perhaps I should get Eugene and Connie to wear camouflage grease paint and hide behind the potted plants again to catch our culprits.”

Whit’s End is now implementing several distinct changes to adhere to regulations, and the shop’s patrons are being educated on this “new normal” during their initial visit.

“Eugene has agreed to host educational classes on viruses, social distancing, and proper hygiene efforts such as thorough hand-washing,” Whittaker stated. “It’s good to have different perspectives coming together to make these changes. Without Eugene, I would never have thought to place directional arrows on the floor throughout the building. And since we only have one public staircase in Whit’s End, Eugene has designated the central stairs next to the soda shop as the ‘up’ staircase and the servant’s staircase in the kitchen temporarily as the ‘down’ one.”

Several of the shop’s rooms and displays are undergoing a new approach as well. The Bible Room, filled with activities for children to bring the Bible to life, has fewer displays. Whit’s famous Talking Mirror has been temporarily moved to the basement as it was located too close to the David and Goliath display and the ever-popular Imagination Station. The Imagination Station and Room of Consequence visits are limited to one person per adventure, with a thorough sanitation process to follow as overseen by Eugene Meltsner.

In addition, the Little Theatre remains closed for public performances until a later date. The Inventor’s Corner is off-limits for the time being. The Library in Whit’s End will reopen as well, with a limit of five people in the room at the same time. To encourage children to read, John Whittaker is working with the Odyssey Library on obtaining rights to e-books for the kids to borrow books from the comfort of their own homes.

With shortages around town on hand sanitizers, Clorox wipes, Lysol, and anti-bacterials, Whittaker and his staff are confident in their preparation efforts.

“We have a moderate amount of cleaning supplies made available to us by the Hand-Up organization,” local genius and Whit’s End employee Eugene Meltsner stated. “No virus too strong can prevail against us if we band together to eradicate this crisis. I am concerned, however, that many of us wearing masks will be inhaling an increased percentage of carbon dioxide daily, which may lead to significantly greater long-term health problems in the days ahead.”

Local mailman Wooton Bassett has taken a more nonchalant approach to the crisis.

“I’ve made multiple visits on my mail route through town and people are just tired of being locked up in their homes. The good news is I have seen neighbors talking to neighbors more often and the sidewalks haven’t been getting rolled up at dinner time anymore. More of the kids in town are hanging outside. I’m excited to see what happens with the reopening of Whit’s End, and I’ve agreed to hold up signs at the shop encouraging everyone to ‘do their part and stay six feet apart’. The more careful we are in the beginning, the sooner things can go back to normal and we can put this behind us.”

Many of Odyssey’s residents are eager to get back to work as well. Essential employees around town have been shown appreciation by their employers. Fast food, grocery store, bank, and many other workers have been instrumental in keeping the town running during the past two months.

“I’m optimistic about the reopening of Whit’s End and the town,” Whittaker stated. “I’ve hosted several virtual meetings with business owners around town to ensure we’re all on the same page.”

When asked about how he felt about a “second wave” of COVID-19 in the fall, Whittaker assured that he will continue to monitor the situation throughout the summer months and into the fall.

“We will be closely watching local and state information as it becomes available later this year. COVID-19 isn’t the first virus that swept through this great country and town. The best is yet to come,” Whittaker assured from behind the counter of the shop he has managed in Odyssey for decades.

This article is merely a work of fan fiction. The Odyssey Scoop is an unofficial Adventures in Odyssey website and is in no way affiliated with Focus on the Family and the Adventures in Odyssey brand.



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