Adventures in Odyssey Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Adventures in Odyssey Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

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The History of Adventures in Odyssey

Since 1987, Adventures in Odyssey has presented exciting entertainment that brings moral and biblical principles to life. The show’s memorable characters and situations are designed to ignite the imaginations of kids.

It began as an experiment. In 1986 Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family wanted to produce a high-quality drama series for the radio. He hoped 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 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.

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: Clone Wars, Winnie the Pooh and thousands more. Now, with over 750 timeless stories produced, Adventures in Odyssey can be heard on more than 2,000 broadcast facilities around the world.