The Big Broadcast

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#114: “The Big Broadcast”
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Luke 10:25-37
25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"26"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"27He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' ; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"28"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"30In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'36"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"37The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

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The Big Broadcast
“The Big Broadcast” is episode #114 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on June 9, 1990.


Tom Riley and Whit premiere a new kind of KYDS Radio program.



Tom Riley and Whit move an old desk into one of the rooms at Whit's End. In that room, covered with tarps, sits KYDS Radio, gathering dust. No one has used it since Brad Dillard and Sherman launched the station. Tom says it's a waste to let the equipment sit unused. He suggests that he and Whit put on their own radio show, airing the classics of radio's golden age. Whit agrees, and the result is "Odyssey's Big Broadcast"!

First, they run the ever-popular game show "Fact or Fiction," in which Lucy Cunningham-Schultz and Jimmy Barclay compete head-to-head to answer the brain-teasing question: "Is it fact, or is it fiction?" Then, Eugene brings us the "Odyssey Sports Round-Up," in which he interviews Fred Zachary.

After a few more twists and curves, we arrive at the centerpiece of the production, "Odyssey Theater of the Air's" presentation of "Sam Maritan, Private Eye." Sam comes across "The Mystery on the Road to Jericho," in which he finds a man beaten and left for dead. Sam questions a Jewish priest and a Levite who saw the man but passed him on the road. After talking with them, Sam solves the attack, concluding that it was done by robbers.The Big Broadcast is fun, humorous, and a smashing success. It looks like Kid's Radio is back in business.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why is creativity important?
  2. What is the point of the parable of the good Samaritan?
  3. Would you help someone you disliked?
    • Why or why not?
    • How can you learn to love your enemy?


Role Voice Actor
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Fred Zachary David Lipson
Jimmy Barclay David Griffin
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Lucy Cutie Genni Long
Sam Maritan Will Ryan
Mr. Small David Griffin
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston


  • The episode starts out with Chris trying to find KYDS Radio on her radio and eventually stumbling upon the Odyssey theme.
  • Unlike Over the Airwaves, the whole "radio" portion of the episode is presented with low quality (like an actual radio). Over the Airwaves simply lets the low-quality sound tone shift into normal quality after a minute or two.
  • This episode was used in Radio Scripts, Volume 3.
  • This episode features the return of KYDS Radio after its apparent shut-down in the episode #36: “Kid's Radio”.
  • Whit and Tom have a conversation in which they mention several Old Radio programs, referring to them as classics: The Shadow, the Lone Ranger, Jack Benny, Ma Perkins, and Fred Allen.
  • The 'Sam Maritan, Private Eye' is a parody of most Old Radio private eyes, but most obviously Sam Spade.
  • The Big Broadcast is the name of 1932 movie which became a series.
  • Throughout this episode, there are continual "in-jokes" to OTR listeners, like the Man in the Street, the 'We interrupt this program', which was a common feature in the '40s, and lines containing references to old shows, such as 'Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Sam doesn't. But he'll take a guess if the price is right.'
  • Here's where we heard Lucy's other last name, Schultz, for the first time. (See Lucy's Last Name for more info.)



Tom Riley: That's 'Rinsodent', available at fine grocery stores everywhere! <off-mike> Whit, we only have one grocery store!

John Whittaker: <As game show host> We're talking about none other than - Lucy Schultz! <Audience applause>
Jimmy Barclay: <To Lucy> Your last name is Schultz?