The Official Podcast shares memories of Janet Waldo and Alan Young

Alan Young and Janet Waldo

This spring, we were faced with the passing of Janet Waldo and Alan Young, the actors behind Joanne and Jack Allen. Earlier this week, The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast released a special episode to honour their memory and reflect on their time with the show. I knew that I’d cry while listening to it, but I also found myself laughing along as members of the Odyssey team shared their memories of Janet and Alan.

It’s a touching tribute to these two people who brought to life characters that we’ve all grown fond of over the years. They will be dearly missed.

You can listen to the episode on the Official Blog.

Paul McCusker Q&A

We have now released both parts of our 2014 Paul McCusker interview! We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for sending in your questions. I believe that we did cover all of the subjects that were asked about, so hopefully Paul was able to provide answers that were satisfactory.

Anyway, we hope that you enjoy (or enjoyed, if you already listened) the Q&A. Hopefully we’ll get to do more in the future!

And remember to let us know what you think. Regarding this interview, or any of our other episodes. Let us know what you want to hear, what you like, what you don’t like so much, etc. We are listening!

So, thank you for listening! And remember that the best is yet to come!

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New Odyssey Club Producer

Back in April, Brock Eastman announced that he would be leaving his position as the producer of the Odyssey Adventure Club at Focus on the Family. He now works for Compassion International; a Christian charity that supports and feeds malnourished children while training mothers to sustain the growth and development of their little ones. It just so happens that this organization was also one of the featured charities in the Odyssey Adventure Club.

We touched on that part of the story in our soon-to-be-released podcast. But what we didn’t know when we recorded is who would be filling Brock’s position. I just read an article that revealed Bob Smithouser as the new Adventure Club Producer. Bob has been involved with Odyssey for the past several years, serving as co-host of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast alongside Jesse Florea. He previously worked as Senior Editor of Plugged In.

Source: AIO Update

Future Plans for Adventures in Odyssey Fans!

So we were going to save this news for our next podcast… But since our schedules won’t line up for the next little bit, and it’s just so exciting, we’re posting it here.

A little while ago, between Bren and myself (I’m known as Eugene in the online AIO world, by the way), we were able to discover some super cool news about upcoming plans for Adventures in Odyssey!

It all started a few months ago when I was searching the Focus on the Family job listings for openings that related to Adventures in Odyssey, as I often do. Then, I found something that looked interesting. “What’s this?” I said to myself. It was, in fact, a listing for a new position called “Odyssey Club Producer.”

Now, I know that there is no such thing as an “Odyssey Club” at present. This was completely new information to me. So I clicked the link to read through the details as I was quite intrigued.

The job description said that the Odyssey Club Producer would be responsible to organize and coordinate various teams to produce and provide a cohesive and engaging club member experience. What does this mean? I think it’s kinda obvious… Focus on the Family is creating an official club for fans of Adventures in Odyssey! Isn’t that awesome?

So after I got over my initial excitement, I continued to read the listing. Further down in the “duties and responsibilities” section, it mentioned the upcoming A.C.T.S. contest several times. However, at that time the contest hadn’t been announced, so I had no clue what it was. But from the listing, it appears that the new producer will be working to develop web quests as a part of the contest. Not sure what that will look like, but it’s something to look out for as the contest draws closer.

Another interesting point comes later in the document where it says, “Works in tandem with Executive Producer…” (I’m assuming the executive producer of Adventures in Odyssey, also known as Dave Arnold.) “to brainstorm and develop storylines for the club dramas.” Wait… “Club dramas?” Does this mean that they will be producing a mini-series exclusive to club members? I kinda like that idea!

It also mentions developing films and documentaries. The documentaries will likely show what happens behind-the-scenes of Odyssey. As for the films, I’ll leave that to your own imagination.

Once I finished looking over the entire listing, I started to hyper-ventilate. (Not really…) The sheer awesomeness was just so… awesome! In the days following my find, I was looking out for other clues about this new club.

Around that time, the Official Odyssey Podcast released a special “ask the producers” episode. In it, Odyssey producers Dave and Paul mentioned something new coming towards the end of the summer; maybe in autumn. I think that this Odyssey Club is what they were referring to in that conversation. If it is, then this next season of Odyssey will be taken to a new level with all of this fun and engaging stuff.

Well, that’s basically it. But before you go and shout this news in the streets, I have one more thing that makes this even better!

I was talking with Bren a few weeks later (near the end of March, I think), and he mentioned that Brock left his position in marketing and had become some type of producer for Odyssey. We both kinda thought that Brock doesn’t seem the audio-engineering type. So we were trying to figure out what he might be doing in his new producer position. Just then, something in my mind clicked these two bits of information together.

I couldn’t believe what Bren and I had discovered! Not only will there be a new Odyssey Club in the near future, but the perfect person for the job will be making it happen! Brock Eastman is the new (and first) Odyssey Club Producer! How awesome is that?

Anyway, I’ll leave you with a screenshot of the original job listing.

New Episodes Coming Soon… still

So one thing that we’ve learned is that trying to schedule time to record can be fairly… difficult. For one reason or another, our plans keep getting foiled.

Anyway, it will probably be some time before we will be able to synchronize our schedules. Get excited though, because we have some big ideas for the summer!

-Eugene (the tech guy)

The Whit’s End Podcast Reboot!

Greetings, all!

It’s been a while since our last podcast, but we hope to start recording again soon! So to that end, we are working to finish our new website.

We just have to make some tweaks to the theme, remove some test stuff and generally make it look good. Then we have to move all of our past podcasts and blog posts to the new system. And finally, we’ll be all set!

Here’s hoping that our plan works out. 🙂

-Eugene (the tech guy)

Our New Website!

If you are reading this message, then you are looking at what will become our new website! Right now we don’t have everything set up yet (this isn’t the design we will be using), so if you are looking for all of our current stuff, like our podcast episodes and blog, go to http://www.thewepodcast.com/. If you are interested in our new website, we may post updates about our progress here.

So far, we have only set-up our content management system.