Welcome to Adventures in Odyssey
It began as an experiment. In 1986, Focus on the Family wanted to produce a high-quality drama series for the radio, hoping that it would appeal to Christians looking for alternatives to Saturday morning cartoons or simply families in search of wholesome entertainment. Steve Harris and Phil Lollar, the show’s creators, brainstormed what the series could be. They decided that it should be set in a small town (called Odyssey) somewhere in the Midwest and hearken to the golden age of radio -- but without sounding dated.
In 1987, a 13-week test series was aired on the Focus on the Family broadcast. It was called Family Portraits and chronicled the lives and times of Odyssey residents, including John Whittaker and a special "soda shop and discovery emporium" called Whit's End.
Audience response was so favorable that Focus went one step further and created the weekly radio program that would eventually be called Adventures in Odyssey. Created for ages 8-12, the program was soon enjoyed by the whole family. "Odyssey," as fans call it, presents original audio stories brought to life by actors who make you feel like part of the experience. These fictional, character-building dramas are created by an award-winning team that uses storytelling to teach lasting truths. Maybe that's why over 20 million products have been distributed worldwide.
The adventures often start with grandfatherly Mr. Whittaker ("Whit"), who runs an ice cream shop called Whit's End. Young friends from all over town come to Whit for advice, and his employees (perky Connie Kendall and genius Eugene Meltsner) often learn as much as the kids!
Thousands of listeners have written and called Focus on the Family to tell us how Adventures in Odyssey has been a source of enjoyment and inspiration for their families.
Read more about how parents and teachers use the program with their kids.
Since its inception, Adventures in Odyssey has been written and produced by award-winning professionals. Each half-hour audio drama utilizes original music and film-quality sound design. Recorded in Hollywood, the voice talent on Adventures in Odyssey has been featured in such films as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., The Land Before Time, Star Wars, Winnie the Pooh and thousands more. Now, with over 725 timeless stories produced, Adventures in Odyssey can be heard on more than 2,000 broadcast facilities around the world. Find one near you!
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Check out the bi-weekly Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast.