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Adventures in Odyssey
Chris. Most episodes begin with the words, "Hi, I'm Kris! Welcome to Adventures in Odyssey"!
Created by kids, for kids!. Kids' Radio originally lasted only a few weeks until the kids who ran it were asked to perform regularly for a larger station. It was later launched back on the air and was very popular in Odyssey.
Jerry. Jerry, Whit's oldest son, was killed only a few months after being shipped out to Vietnam.
Tom Riley. Tom Riley is a farmer and former city councilman who has been Whit's friend since he had the idea to create Whit's End. He ran against Bart Rathbone, the sneaky but harmless owner of the local hardware store.
Katrina Shanks. Eugene is a recognized genius at Campbell County College. Katrina, also an exceptional student, is almost his exact equal, which makes the two an intriguing and comical couple.
Rodney Rathbone. Rodney is that kid you find in every town. He and his gang, the Bones of Wrath, cause every form of mischief imaginable in Odyssey, but they always end up getting caught!
The Imagination Station. The Imagination Station is an invention of Whit's that is something like a time machine that takes people back to given points in history with the help of their imaginations. Some other inventions of Whit's are the Room of Consequences and the Transmuter.
Whit's End. After his wife was suddenly struck ill and died, Whit renovated an abandoned community center into an ice cream shop and local hangout for kids.
John Avery Whitaker. John Avery Whitaker, or "Whit," is a Christian inventor, author, and businessman who brings adventure to the small town of Odyssey.
|In one of the newer episodes, Mandy is in a hair commercial. What is the name of the hair company?||Adventures in Odyssey
Hurrah. Liz was going to be in the commercial, but decided not to at the last minute.
|In the episode "Pet Peeves," Donna Barclay gets a dog and names him Harry. At the end of the episode, she changes his name. What does his name get changed to?||Adventures in Odyssey
Normal. Connie comes up with this name.
Eugene. Katrina marries Eugene at her dying father's bedside.
Woodston. Joanne and Jack own The J & J Antique Gallery.
Timmy. Timmy died many years ago in a boating accident.
What a Friend We Have In Jesus. Donna gets the idea of reading the words to a hymm from her old best friend, Karen.
Kitty. In "Promises, Promises," Connie mentions her dog.
Don Iowa. It is pronounced e-yo-ay.
|In the episode "Clara", what are the names of the two boys fighting over the swings?||Adventures in Odyssey
Kyle and Evan. When Jack is talking to Whit, near the beginning, he needs to break up a fight between these two boys.
|As we come through a close, I think it would be good to look through one of the Odyssey scrapbook! Adventures in Odyssey was not always known by this title. What was the name of the original program that eventually lead to the development of Adventures in Odyssey?||Welcome to "Adventures in Odyssey"
Family Portraits. Dr. James Dobson, a well known family Christian speaker and producer of Focus on the Family, wanted to produce Family Christian entertainment that would be an alternative for families to listen to besides the mainstream media. His goal was to provide an entertainment ministry that would bring families closer together and teach truths about God's Word. In 1987, Focus on the Family launched their first test series of a program called "Family Portraits". The show was a huge success and name of the show was later changed to "Adventures in Odyssey" to appeal more to younger generations.
Extra fact: "The Adventures in Odyssey Scrapbook" is actually included as a part of their program on on their tapes and CDs. The Scrapbook is excerpts and clips of behind the scenes fun facts and trivia about the production of the show! Look out for it on "Adventures in Odyssey's" gold albums!
|If someone is missing, this man will be looking. Harlow Doyle, Private Eye, is always on the lookout for detective work. What was the case Harlow volunteered to solve when Connie couldn't figure out why her students were not showing up to Bible study?||Welcome to "Adventures in Odyssey"
The Case of the Delinquent Disciples. Harlow volunteers to find Connie's missing students when Connie tells them they have "disappeared". Harlow puts on many disguises so that he can be "undercover" when he asks Connie's students where they were the nights they didn't show up to Bible study. Harlow doesn't have good results and ends up getting sick because he is allergic to his carpet cleaner disguise. He reports to Connie that her students have stopped showing up because they think she is boring. Connie gives up on teaching altogether until Whit talks to her students and to her. Whit finds out the reason her students were disappearing was because Connie wasn't showing interest in them or her Bible study. She had been doing the Bible studies unprepared. Connie and her students make up and agree to all put effort into the Bible study starting with Connie learning the lesson to "study to show thyself approved". (2 Timothy 2:15)
|Odyssey may be a small town but it has it's place for fine arts. The Harlequin Dinner Theater, is known for a good show run by Edwin Blaggard and his faithful assistant, Shakespeare! What is Edwin Blaggard's favorite type of theatrical plays?||Welcome to "Adventures in Odyssey"
classical drama and tragedies. Oh the drama! Edwin would love to focus on classical dramatic works and tragedies, but it often puts people to sleep. Edwin does love a good family show though and has put on many successful productions in Odyssey. He views it as his life mission to bring art and theatrical masterpieces to the "masses". Although one time Shakespeare brought to his attention, the audience was full of mechanical hand clappers. However when Blaggard has done family productions he has a full house and receives many excellent reviews from critics! Just goes to show, entertainment can support good family values and still produce a box hit!
|Step right up, step right up! If you have pictures, we will take them! This is the Electric Palace, home for all your electrical needs and even stuff you don't need! We will sell you anything, and if your lucky you might even get a chance to win one of the store's contests! What is the name of the Electric Palace's owner, who is also Odyssey's well known conman?||Welcome to "Adventures in Odyssey"
Bart Rathbone. If you come to Odyssey, chances are you won't get away without meeting this businessman. Bart Rathbone is energized about making money, in almost any way he can. Even when he ran for mayor of Odyssey, Bart advertised the Electric Palace every chance he could! Bart often hosts many contests to bring publicity to the store, including a day with a celebrity contests and an all expense paid trip to Hawaii. Bart left out the detail on the Hawaii trip that it included his whole family accompanying the winner (which turned out to be a disaster for the prize winner). Bart can be a conman but rarely wants to get himself into trouble. Don't forget though, if you need electronics, this is where to get them!
Extra Fact: The actor that plays Bart Rathbone, also plays Tom Riley. Walker Edmiston played both roles and many others on the show.
|Ladies and gentlemen! This loud, obnoxious character wants your attention on the radio right now! He is full of exclamation points and loves the sound of his own voice! What is the nickname of Odyssey's radio talk show host Bryan Dern?||Welcome to "Adventures in Odyssey"
Crying Bryan Dern. "Crying" Bryan Dern is not always taken seriously because he is always trying to stir up the news in Odyssey. He often brings humor to many of Adventures in Odyssey's shows, but around Odyssey he has been known to challenge many Christian morals that the people of Odyssey highly value. Bryan has challenged Whit on his Christianity and takes the atheistic side for attention. However his attempts to degrade Christian values or traditions have always backfired. When news is not so exciting, Bryan focuses on games, jokes, and put downs. Sometimes though he is called on his least favorite duty as a news reporter or commercial man, but he is always looking for a chance to expose something exciting!
|Not every neighborhood has a mailman that will sing to you on special requests! Odyssey's mailman,Wooton Basset, has children and adults smiling everywhere he goes! He snorts when he laughs and loves random things. He is known for his rather unusual house with a slide for guests and enjoys creating many random things out of whatever he finds, such as the Popsicle nativity scene at Christmas. One of Wooton's secret hobbies though has made him really famous! What is the name of the comic book hero Wooton has created and authors?||Welcome to "Adventures in Odyssey"
Power Boy. Wooton is an expert on Power Boy, his favorite hero! However not many people know that Wooton is the secret creator of this popular comic book. Wooton has a secret headquarters in his house that is devoted entirely to Power Boy and the creation of the comics. When Wooton sees his symbols and things that are from the Power Boy comics used as a reply for help, Wooton immediately goes to save the day!
In one episode, a boy's father steals Wooton's original drawing of Power Boy which is worth millions. After the boy, Grady, confesses and tries to make things right, Wooton explains to him that the drawing is not worth as much as the boy himself is and Wooton would have given the drawing away in a heartbeat if he knew it would have helped Grady. Grady becomes a Christian through Wooton's friendship and kindness.
|Look out! A student of the technical industries of science and knowledge of the utmost extreme is rapidly approaching on a two wheeled metal transportation system that is none automotive! Yes, that's right, here we have Eugene Melstner, a college student who uses big words at a very fast pace and often crashes into things with his bicycle! Where does Eugene go to college?||Welcome to "Adventures in Odyssey"
Campbell County Community College. Eugene is a genius and goes to school at Campbell College! Like Connie, he also helps Whit at Whit's End, although computers are more up his line of specialty. Sometimes he gets carried away with inventions and once has even made the doorbell at Whit's end sound like a giant semi truck horn! (Whit made him change it back to the little bell of course!) Whit laughs when Eugene frequently gets on to Tom and Bernard's nerves because they don't believe Eugene knows the meaning of speaking English when he always talks like a walking dictionary. Eugene is brilliant, but he is often absent minded and good at crashing into things! For a long time, Eugene rode a bicycle because he could not pass his driver's test. However with the help of Connie he finally did get his driver's license! He also finds out he is Bernard Walton's cousin!
Extra fact: Eugene was created from one of the Odyssey listener fan letters! One listener asked if a character could be created that reminded them of their dad, who was super smart but always was losing his keys! Odyssey creators listened and Eugene was born! :) He's become one of the main key characters over the course of the show!
|Squeak! Squeak! That must be Bernard Walton, busy at work trying to get all those fingerprints off the windows! Bernard owns a janitorial service and is very good at what he does. However Bernard also has a talent that not many people know about! What does Bernard enjoy doing that teaches kids about the Bible?||Welcome to "Adventures in Odyssey"
he's a great storyteller. Bernard is an excellent storyteller and enjoys making the Bible come to life for kids. He also runs his own TV program called B-TV which is a children's show that focuses on Christian values such as giving, thankfulness, compassion, and forgiveness. Bernard is a hard worker though and is constantly on the move to fix those dirty windows. He frequently tells Whit he wishes he would teach those kids to keep their fingers off the glass, but secretly he loves what he does with cleaning! He always does a fine job! He also is known for his funny remarks and odd sayings about life.
|This young lady came all the way from California! At first she was a troubled teen who just wanted a job when Whit offered her one at Whit's end. However Connie Kendall ended up staying around and became a Christian! She is loved by kids of all ages, including teenagers! What situation brought Connie to Odyssey, but eventually worked out for good?||Welcome to "Adventures in Odyssey"
her parents were going through a divorce. Connie's parents were going through a divorce, and Connie's mother took her with her when she moved to Odyssey. Connie wanted a job so that she could secretly take a bus and move to be with her dad. Whit offered her a job and she became a big help at the shop. She made friends with the kids through Bible quizzing, but at first she didn't want anything to do with becoming a Christian when Tom and Whit tried to witness to her. However when Connie finally did go to California, she realized how much she missed Odyssey and the truths Whit was teaching her about Jesus. She came home and asked Whit to help her become a Christian. She has been around ever since and has become one of the most well known people in Odyssey!
|Here is another friendly face around Odyssey and is also Whit's best friend! Say "Howdy" to Tom Riley! Tom, like Whit also is a firmly founded Christian who puts God at the center of all he does. Occasionally you will see him put on an apron to help Whit out in times of rushes at the ice cream shop, but Tom enjoys being a laid back kind of guy who prefers quiet. What does Tom do for a living?||Welcome to "Adventures in Odyssey"
He is a farmer. Tom Riley has a farm outside of Odyssey that is almost as famous as Whit's End. He enjoys his horses and his apple orchard that was believed to be planted by Johnny Appleseed. On the side Tom also coaches little league teams and is a friend to kids at Whit's End. Tom frequently encourages Whit when they go through hard times and believes strongly in the power of prayer. Both of them have similar histories with their families and are strong Christians in the community. Tom was mayor for several years in Odyssey and continued to uphold his morals in politics even when he was under pressure. In one instance it was revealed when people tried to put a scandal on Tom, that the lady Tom was spending time with at the nursing home was actually his wife. Tom rarely talks about her because he always has the hope that she will overcome her mental illness and be with him again.