The following is a partial list of characters
the radio program Adventures in
Major characters (currently active)
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 Israel 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.
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
- 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.
Coleman voicing Jason Whittaker:
Whit's son and former National Security Agency 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
- 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.
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Colombian 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,
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Leonard Meltsner - (2006 - 2007) Father of
Eugene. Returned to America for a while
and then returned to Africa. He is now a Christian. Voiced by Phil
- Grady McKay - (2004 - 2008) Friend of Wooton.
He lives with his mother and helps her whenever he can. Voiced by
- 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
Major child characters (in chronological order -
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.