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The following is a partial list of characters from the radio program Adventures in Odyssey.

Major characters (currently active)

  • Hal Smith/Paul Herlinger/Andre Stojka voicing John Avery Whittaker: often known as "Whit", is the main fictional character of Adventures in Odyssey and the namesake of Odyssey's most famous attraction, Whit's End. He is viewed as a spiritual Christian leader to the children, and adults also, in Odyssey. He was originally voiced by Hal Smith, but after Smith's death in 1994, the character of Whit left Odyssey to lead an archaeological mission in Israelmarker for the Universal Press Foundation. Whit returned to Odyssey in 1996; he has been voiced by Paul Herlinger until 2008. Andre Stojka has taken over following Herlinger's retirement.


  • Katie Leigh voicing Connie Kendall: probably the second-most major character in Adventures in Odyssey, appearing in more episodes than any character except John Avery Whittaker. Connie has been voiced by Katie Leigh since her arrival in Odyssey in episode #4: "Connie Comes to Town".


  • Will Ryan voicing Eugene Meltsner: a long-time employee at Whit's End. He is very intelligent, having a reputation for erudition and a fondness for trivia. Major plot arcs involving Eugene include his conversion to Christianity and his courtship, engagement, and marriage to Katrina Shanks. Another major storyline about Eugene is the rediscovery of his father, whom he had believed dead since he was seven years old.


  • Pamela Hayden/Audrey Wasilewski voicing Katrina Shanks-Meltsner: nicknamed Trina, was originally played by Pamela Hayden (1994–2002), but later was portrayed by Audrey Wasilewski (2005–present). Katrina is the wife of Eugene Meltsner. She is the daughter of wealthy father Armitage Shanks, and has two brothers.


  • Dave Madden voicing Bernard Walton: the town's window-washer. Though kind-hearted, Bernard is somewhat cynical and grumpy, but is most widely known for his metaphorical humor and penchant for storytelling. He hosts B-TV, a Christian television show in Odyssey.


  • Townsend Coleman voicing Jason Whittaker: Whit's son and former National Security Agencymarker agent. He ran Whit's End while Whit was in the Middle East. Jason came very close to marrying his long-time sweetheart, Tasha Forbes. But, they broke up while parked in front of the Justice of the Peace's house.
  • Alan Young voicing Jack Allen: childhood friend of Whit, former manager of "Whit's End" when Whit was in the Middle East, and current owner of the J & J Antique Gallery, along with his wife Joanne Allen. He is not considered inactive, but simply has not been in any shows for a while.
  • Walker Edmiston/Robert Easton voicing Bart Rathbone: the schemish manager of the Electric Palace. (He was most recently voiced by Robert Easton, as Edmiston recently died.) Bart's character often attempts publicity stunts, such as a television game show, and at one time ran as an unfocused, populist candidate for mayor, against Tom Riley.
  • Rodney Rathbone, voiced by Steve Burns (1990 – 2006): son of Bart Rathbone, he is a mischievous local bully, and head of The Bones of Rath, a gang of teenagers who more bully than break law.
  • Walker Edmiston formerly voicing Tom Riley: a local farmer and good friend of Whit. Edmiston recently died, so the producers are doing what they did to Whit when Hal Smith died, taking Tom's lines from other episodes and putting them together for new shows. Tom is said to be a longtime conservative member and chairman of the Odyssey City Council, as well as one-term mayor.
  • Chris Anthony as Chris: the show's announcer from the first episodes until the present time.


Major characters (currently inactive)

  • George Barclay, voiced by Chuck Bolte. (1988 - 1997, 2003 - 2004) Left for Pokenberry Falls to become pastor at local church. Returned for several episodes in 2003 and 2004 to perform Connie and Mitch's wedding, which never happened. (Interestingly, Barclay's name shares a pronunciation with that of Bishop George Berkeley, the 18th century philosopher after whom the University of California, Berkeley is named.)
  • Mary Barclay, voiced by Carol Bilger (1993 - 1996).
  • Donna Barclay, voiced by Azure Janosky (1988 - 1996).
  • James (Jimmy) Barclay, voiced by David Griffin (1988 - 1996,2004). He returned for 2 episodes in 2004, living in Washington D.C. He was featured in the two-part 2008 episode "The Triangled Web".
  • Dr. Regis Blackgaard, Whit's nemesis, voiced by Earl Boen (appeared on and off from 1988 - 1995). Dr. Blackgaard was supposedly killed in an explosion of his own making in 1995. However, he left behind a virus in the Imagination Station that was destroyed a few years later after attempting to gain a corporeal form from Aubrey Shepard. Some of Dr. Blackgaard's biggest fans refuse to admit he was killed in the explosion, saying he's still alive but biding his time before returning to Odyssey again, if he ever does.
  • Robert Mitchell—nickname Mitch—Connie's boyfriend and an FBI agent also known as AREM (phonetical spelling of RM, his initials), voiced by Steve Burns (2001 - 2004). Left for FBI training in Budapest. Mitch's relationship with Connie was a turbulent one, plagued by misunderstandings and Connie's reluctance to trust him because of the secrecy of his work. Mitch was placed in witness protection during the Novacom Saga and was presumed dead until Connie discovered the truth. After the Novacom Saga, he proposed to Connie, but the two decided to call off the wedding at the last minute and temporarily separate.
  • Lawrence Hodges, a hyper-active kid with a run-away imagination to the point where he was having trouble separating his make-believe world and the real world, voiced by Gabriel Encarnacion (1992 - 1995). He was briefly heard over a phone-interview in the two part 2008 episode "The Triangled Web".
  • Lucy Cunningham-Schultz, a pre-teen reporter for both her middle school's newspaper (The Owl) and the Odyssey Times, voiced by Genni Long (1988 - 1996). A hard-working, intelligent and conscientious girl with a somewhat sardonic sense of humor. Reappeared as a college student in "The Triangled Web" and got engaged to Jack Davis.
  • The Jacobs family, including father Dale (an editor/writer for the Odyssey Times, voiced by Phil Lollar, 1989 - 1998.) and his daughters Robyn (voiced by Sage Bolte 1989 - 1992) and Melanie (voiced by Erin Bolte 1991 - 1992). Robyn and Melanie's voice actors, Sage and Erin Bolte, are also sisters in real life. Robyn was often featured on the show during the late 1980s and early 1990s and was portrayed as a somewhat naive girl who was passionate about her Christian faith but not always sure of the right way to live it out.
  • Sam Johnson, voiced by Kyle Ellison (1991 - 1996.) He, Isaac Morton, and Lucy were best friends until he and Isaac disappeared from the show (their voice actors got too old to do their voices anymore; it happens to most of the Odyssey kids). Sam was a good-hearted boy who also tended to be somewhat naive.
  • Richard Maxwell: Richard, voiced by Nathan Carlson (1989-2000), debuted in the episode "Eugene's Dilemma" as a manipulative bully who worked as a counselor at Campbell County Community College and victimized his young charge, Nicholas Adamsworth. After the truth about Richard's actions was revealed and he was dismissed from the college, Richard entered the employment of Dr. Regis Blackgaard, but had a change of heart after one of Blackgaard's schemes landed Lucy Cunningham-Schultz in the hospital. Having burned down Tom Riley's barn (for which Tom refused to forgive him for years afterward) and hacked into John Avery Whittaker's computer on Blackgaard's orders, Richard served two years in the Campbell County Detention Center before being released on parole. He foiled a number of Blackgaard's plans as part of his quest for personal redemption.
  • Officer David Harley: A bumbling, affable police officer who appeared in several early episodes. Voiced by Will Ryan (1987-1989). His character was replaced by Private Eye Harlow Doyle after parents complained that the character of Officer Harley gave kids the wrong impression about the intelligence of most police officers.
  • Agent Peter Borland: FBI Agent who helped investigate the Novacom case.
  • Aubrey Shepard: A creative and introspective girl who loves books and poetry, voiced by Camilla Belle (1998-1999) and Danielle Judovitz (1999-2005). She has a tendency to act impetuously, which often gets her into trouble. Aubrey lived in Tom Riley's Timothy Center with her father Ben, mother Ellen, and younger sister Bethany. She was initially unhappy about her parents' newfound Christianity and often made a point to rebel against it, but became a Christian herself during the Novacom Saga. She later left for college.
  • Arthur Dent: An employee of Andromeda, Arthur Dent was driven to temporary paranoia by the realization of the corporation’s goals and apparent power. He later destroyed a radio tower with fertilizer explosives, thinking that it was the tower from which Andromeda would be broadcasting its mind-control signals. After a court trial, he did not make any further appearances in Odyssey. Voiced by Christopher Snell (2000-2002).
  • Armitage Shanks: father of Katrina Shanks; now deceased (allegedly murdered by poisoning during the Novacom Saga). He was a bit overprotective of his daughter, and was frequently at odds with Eugene during the early stages of Eugene and Katrina's relationship; however, he was motivated more by love of his daughter than by malice toward Eugene. Voiced by Bernard Erhard (1995-2002).


Recurring minor characters

  • Edwin Blackgaard, (1992 - present) twin brother of Dr. Regis Blackgaard and owner of the Harlequin Dinner Theatre, voiced by Earl Boen.
  • Walter Shakespeare, (1992 - present) assistant to Edwin at the Harlequin Dinner Theatre, voiced by Corey Burton.
  • Wooton Bassett, Voiced by Jess Harnell (2001-present) An Odyssey mailman who is also the author of Power Boy comics. In some ways, he seems to have not grown up yet (example: he collects Smiley Meal toys and has a slide going out of his house), although he occasionally shows his mature/serious side. He currently has a strained relationship with his father because Wooton is a Christian.
  • Tamika Washington, (2003 - present) daughter of Ed and Elaine voiced by Courtney Brown.
  • Doris Rathbone, mother of Rodney, voiced by Pamela Hayden (1993 - 1998), Diane Hsu (2007 - present).
  • Nick Mulligan, (1997 - 2005) current employee at Whit's End, voiced by Chris Castile. Nick (the nephew and adopted son of Mike and Tracy Mulligan) was portrayed early on as a brash, tough-talking street kid from New York City who smoked and frequently clashed with his cousin/adopted sister Lisa, but eventually he quit smoking and became an employee at Whit's End, and his character mellowed slightly.
  • The Mulligan family - Husband Mike (1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002), wife Tracy (1997 - 1998) (a veterinarian), their birth daughter Lisa (1997 - 1998) (who is blind), and their adopted children Nick (see above), Jessica and Janelle (1997 - 1998) (African-American twin sisters who came from an abusive home), and Hector (1998) (a Colombianmarker immigrant). After the closing of the Connellsville Zoo, the Mulligans took in many of the zoo animals who otherwise might have had no place to go.
  • Mandy Straussberg, (1998 - present) Odyssey Middle School's straight-A student. She is very gifted in writing stories and plays, and in the episode "The Present Long Ago", it is revealed that she will one day marry the middle school's other top student, Trent DeWhite. Mandy is voiced by Aria Curzon.
  • Principal Skinner, (1993) Voiced by award winning actor and former child star, author and theologian, J.P. Sloane.
  • Rusty Gordon, (1993 - 1995) a member of Rodney's gang, the Bones of Rath. He later wrote a book that painted a very negative portrait of Odyssey, which inspired Connie to write her own book. Voiced by Shawn Svoboda.
  • Jared DeWhite, (1997 - 1999, 2001 - 2004) voiced by Brandon Gilberstadt, a boy with unusual interests including espionage and conspiracy theories. He and his family were placed in Witness Protection during the Novacom Saga. Jared made a cameo appearance in the 2008 episode "The Triangled Web" as a featured guest on "Candid Converstaions with Connie."
  • Trent DeWhite - (2003 - present) Jared's little brother. Possessing a toned-down version of his brother's vivid immagination, Trent has been known to overreact and daydream at times. He is a top student at Odyssey Middle School, and at one point developed a crush on Mandy Straussberg, who he will one day marry as revealed in "The Present Long Ago". He is voiced by Corey Padnos.
  • Harlow Doyle, (1992 - 2000, 2005 - present) voiced by Will Ryan.
  • Shannon Everett - (1992 - 1994) a rich and popular cheerleader who often resorted to bullying tactics and/or deception to get her way
  • Ralph Reams - (1991 - 1992) Former roommate of Eugene's late grandfather Hiram Meltsner.
  • Tasha Forbes, (1994 - 1996) Jason Whittaker's on-again, off-again beau. Voiced by Christie Nimitz.
  • The Washingtons - Tamika's family, the show's first major African-American characters. The Washingtons have helped to fill the void on the show left by the departure of the Barclays. The family includes husband Ed (2003 - present), wife Elaine (2003 - present), their nephew Xavier (2003 - 2004), and their children Marvin (2003 - present), and Tamika. Ed Washington is voiced by Mark Christopher Lawrence.
  • Joe Finneman - (1991 - 1994) Connie's great uncle, owner of "Finneman's Market", voiced by Parley Baer
  • June Kendall - (1988 - 1996, 2002 - 2003) Mother of Connie.
  • Agnes Riley - (1988, 1996 - 2003, 2005) Tom Riley's wife, also known to her close friends as "Rose" (her middle name). Agnes, an artistic woman who enjoys painting and music, suffers from dementia and resides in an assisted-living facility. She was so infrequently seen by Odyssey residents that the first time Rodney Rathbone saw Tom talking to her (and being unaware that they were married), he assumed Tom was having an illicit affair with her.
  • Margaret Fay - (1997 - 1998, 2006 - present) Ran for Odyssey Mayor against Bart Rathbone and won. She had feelings for Mr. Whittaker and asked him to marry her as well as manage her campaign, but Whit, not agreeing with many of the issues she supported, declined, which infuriated her. Connie later worked on her campaign.
  • Phillip Glossman - (1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994 - 1995, 2008 - present) A state Congressman who harbors a personal vendetta against John Avery Whittaker dating back to the founding of Whit's End. Voiced by Paul McCusker.
  • Leonard Meltsner - (2006 - 2007) Father of Eugene. Returned to Americamarker for a while and then returned to Africa. He is now a Christian. Voiced by Phil Proctor.
  • Grady McKay - (2004 - 2008) Friend of Wooton. He lives with his mother and helps her whenever he can. Voiced by Jordan Orr.
  • Rodney Rathbone - (1998 - 2007) He is the only son of Doris and Bart Rahbone. He is the leader of the "Bones of Rath" and is the town's bully. Voiced by Steve Burns and Matt Hurwitz.


Major child characters (in chronological order - incomplete)

  • Digger Digwillow - First person to experience the Imagination Station, and the founder of "Wonderworld." Oddly enough, he was only in three episodes (The Imagination Station I & II, Heatwave). Voiced by Chad Reisser.
  • Lucy Cunningham Schultz - Reporter for the Odyssey Owl/Odyssey Times as well as friend and foil to Isaac, Kurt, and Sam. The two last names were actually because of a mistake by the writing staff. On several occasions Lucy is called Lucy Shultz or Lucy Cunningham. To cover the mistake, the writers made it so Cunningham was from Lucy's first father (Lucy revealed in the 1995 season episode, "The Truth About Zachary," that her birth father died in an automobile accident) and Schultz was the name of her step-dad. Has most appearances for a child character and 4th most appearances of all characters (66). Became engaged to Jack in "The Triangled Web". Voiced by Genni Long
  • Sam Johnson- Best friend to Lucy and a kid who was very important in the Darkness Before Dawn Saga. Voiced by Kyle Ellison.
  • Isaac Morton- Also a friend of Lucy, although before Kurt. He was a good-hearted but cowardly kid who had a lot of run-ins with a bully named Rodney Rathbone, leader of the "Bones of Rath" gang. Voiced by Kenneth Mars.
  • Jack Davis- Another of Lucy's acquaintances. Most known for the being the "coolest" kid. Became engaged with Lucy in "The Triangled Web". Voiced by Donald Long.
  • Curt Stevens- He was always getting into trouble and was most notably known for his relationship with Lucy. Returned for "The Triangled Web". Voiced by Fabio Stephens.
  • Jenny Roberts- The show's second major blind character (Lisa Mulligan in the first). Despite her disability, she never let it get her down and fit in quite easily in Odyssey. In the three-episode The Perfect Witness, she was kidnapped from Holstein's Bookstore and made use of her heightened senses of smell and hearing to help catch the criminals. She was also the longtime pen-pal to Melanie Jacobs, as seen in the Episode "Pen Pal." Voiced by Natalie Babbitt.
  • Jimmy Barclay- Probably the most popular child character in the show's history. He and his family were in numerous episodes. He was the only child star kept after the death of the 1st Whit and was kept after his voice changed (it was common practice for AIO to drop actors when their voice changed). He has the second most appearances for a child character, behind Lucy. Returned for "The Triangled Web". Voiced by David Griffin .
  • Donna Barclay- Older sister of Jimmy who wasn't as popular (with the fans). Her character also survived after Whit #1, and continued on as a teenager. Voiced by Azure Jonosky.
  • Mandy Straussberg- First child character after the death of 1st Whit. She has an older brother named David. In the last couple of volumes, Mandy had been struggling with her parents' recent separation, but since then they have gotten back together. In Odyssey's current airing season, she and Trent DeWhite have become very close friends. Voiced by Aria Curzon and Jean Gillespie.
  • Liz Horton- Reporter for Odyssey Owl and best friend of Mandy Straussberg. Voiced by Lauren Schaffel.
  • Jared DeWhite- Trouble maker and conspiracy theorist who moved away after a few seasons. He returned during the Novacom series (he and his family had been placed in Witness Protection) and tipped off Sarah and Mandy to the activities of Novacom. Voiced by Brandon Gilberstadt.
  • Dwayne Oswald- best known as the foil for Jared DeWhite, Dwayne began as a character who was no good at anything and turned into an honor student later on. Voiced by Kris Kachurak.
  • Aubrey Shepard- Young teenager who lived with her family at the Timothy Center. She began the show as an atheist, but eventually became a Christian (a storyline similar to Connie Kendall). Voiced by Danielle Judovits .
  • Alex Jefferson- Currently on school swim team. Pretty popular kid in Odyssey. Played a pivotal role in the Novacom saga with his cousin Cal. Voiced by Travis Tedford.
  • Marvin Washington- The most recent child character and an African American; lives with his parents Ed and Elaine and his sister Tamika. While the Washington family were not the first African-American characters on Adventures in Odyssey, they are arguably the first to be considered "major" characters. Voiced by Kendre Berry, Kyle Massey, and Jordan Colloway.


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