The Ceiling Fan
The Ceiling Fan is a fan podcast inspired by Adventures in Odyssey. The first episode was uploaded on Friday, August 1st 2008. The episode included the voices of show creator Kevin McCreary and his friend Charlie Roth. Both worked as interns for Focus on the Family that summer. The show now has over 50 episodes, besides certain "specials" that the show has that haven't been numbered.
According to the Ceiling Fan's website, it claims to be a satirical Adventures in Odyssey fan podcast. The goal of this podcast is to both entertain current and past fans of the Focus on the Family show Adventures in Odyssey and to spread the word about Adventures in Odyssey to those who have never listened.
The Ceiling Fan consists of two primary segments and one occasional segment:
- The Ceiling Fan Odyssey News Update: The part of the show where a humorous, tongue-in-cheek news report is given about made-up events in the town of Odyssey. This segment was discontinued in Season 4, but returned in Season 5.
- Odyssey with Ethan: Originally the part of the show where the host, Ethan Daniels, gives his perspective on Odyssey and related... and sometimes not so related material, this segment became a continuous storyline featuring Ethan and his friends in Seasons 2-4, returning to the original format in Season 5.
- The Lashback With Ethan Daniels: A occasional segment in which Ethan Daniels would lash out at characters or express his anger with random people.
Background and Development
The Ceiling Fan was started by Kevin McCreary in the summer of 2008 during his internship at Focus on the Family. Kevin is quoted as saying:
It started out as a response to Odyssey fan podcasts. Not that the other podcasts were bad, but I wanted to provide something different; something that might inspire creativity.
This first episode was simply entitled, “Episode One” and it contained a fast past intro which began with a countdown followed by an explosion sound with a radio announcer style voice saying, “The switch has been flipped, The Ceiling Fan is on.” The music then leads into the shows “Host,” Ethan Daniels, introducing himself and welcoming the listeners. This intro was preceded by a slight remix of the original intro music of Adventures in Odyssey. After the music, the show fades into an Onion style news report about how KYDS Radio is shutting down after investigators found the Imagination Station was in direct violation of FCC standards. After the News report segment ends, music leads the show back to Ethan Daniels, where he cleverly announces and upcoming event in the real world of the Odyssey radio show, by telling people not to attend.
The format of the original episode has remained the basic format of most of the shows following, with a few changes and adjustments from show to show. For example, the intro is slightly different each show, though it always contains some variation of the Odyssey intro remix. However, since the beginning of Seasons 3 and 4, the Odyssey with Ethan segment has been abandoned, and the series showcased a story arc featuring a band tour. In Season 5, The Ceiling Fan returned to traditional form, with a news segment and short skit starring regular cast of the Ceiling Fan. In late 2015, The Ceiling Fan went on indefinite hiatus, due to prior commitments on the part of many contributors.
The voices have developed over the episodes as well. In the first episode, Ethan Daniels had a similar voice to Rodney Rathbone, a highly mischievous character in Adventures in Odyssey. However in more recent episodes the voice of Ethan has developed to a more kid-like-voice, with many of his own original mannerism. Tom Artichoke, the chief news correspondent in the shows news segment was originally spoken by Charlie Roth in the very first episode, but was replaced by show contributor, Mark Jones in all episodes following.
While the very first episode was written, directed, produced and voiced by Kevin McCreary, Mark Jones began contributing to every episode thereafter. Thus expanding the shows creativity and quality. In episode 7, the show introduced a new character named Phil Jinkus, who is voiced by Mark Jones and is said to be the new co-host of the show. Though the show is an Odyssey Fan podcast, It tends to differ from other fan podcasts. Kevin McCreary said this: “The other podcasts are already doing what they do, so I don’t want to step on their turf. I want this to be a show, not about odyssey, but about a boy named Ethan who happens to be a huge odyssey fan.” The show often shows the characters’ lives “off-mic.” This gives the audience a look at the characters, when they are not doing their podcast.
- Ethan Daniels
- Phil Jinkus
- John Watsonburger
- Tom Artichoke
- Intern James (Seasons 2-4)
- Intern Aaron (Beginning end of Season 2)
- Uncle Bernie (Seasons 3-4)
- Rebecca Wesley (Season 4)
- Kevin McCreary: Writer, Producer, Director, Sound Design, Voice of John Watsonburger, Ethan Daniels, and additional voices.
- Mark Jones: Writer, Producer, Director, Voice of Tom Artichoke, Phil Jinkus, and many others.
- Loren Crisp: Artist, Writer, Voice of Intern James Carlisle, Robert Skeed, Hank Conway, and others.
- Garrett Vandenberg: Writer, Composer, Producer, Musician, voice of Intern Aaron Wiley and others.
- Jacob Isom: Website Consultant, Graphic Designer, Promotions for The Ceiling Fan.
- Justin McKenzie: Voice of Uncle Bernie.
- Tracy Lyn Holland: Voice of Rebecca Wesley.
- Christopher Green: Project Manager, Producer, Sound Design, Voice of Cousin Amos (Christmas 2014), Hobo Joe (ep 54) and others.
- JB Christenson: Sound Design, Writer.
- Natasha Green: Musician.
- Gabe Miller: Musician.
- Solomon Kim: Musician, Writer.
- Will L: Voice for Wayne (Extremely Belated Mommie's Day) and others.
- Emily Knight: Voice of Ethan's mother (Extremely Belated Mommie's Day) and others.
- Benjamin Chiles: Sound Design/Foley, various voices.
- Phil Lollar: Voice of Sylvester Rochelle
- Scott McCreary: Voice of The Director
- Brendon McFarland: Voice of Regis Blackbeard
- Charlie Roth: Original voice of Tom Artichoke and others, voice of Kurt
- Josh Taylor: Voice of Star Corp scientist (ep 47), Uncle Obadiah (Christmas 2014)
- Jordan Taylor: Voice of fan (ep 48)
- Kelli Taylor: Voice of Lucy Middlelast (ep 51 part 2, 53 parts 1 & 2)
- Dana Davis: Voice of Star Corp receptionist (ep 47)
- Lara Eller: Voice of Ethan Daniels’ mother (ep 3,11)
- Ivanna Gorla: Voice of Phil Jinkus’ mother, Maria (ep 17)
- Ariel Sepala: Voice of Trish Lesley and others (ep 4,6,11).
- Cody Fields: News Reporter
- Micheal Benson: Various voices
- Isabella Alviano: voice of child from the hospital in 2010 Christmas ep
- Isaiah Alviano: voice of a child in the 2010 Christmas ep
- Joanna Crisp: Various voices (ep 26,31.5)
- Kirsten Vandenberg: "Random Kid" (ep 34)
- Michael Jones: Eric Pierson (ep 9)
- Timothy Saracen: impression of Ethan (ep 18)
- Victoria Crowley: Various voices (Lashback #1, Easter Special #1)
Guests and Interviews
- Katie Leigh, voice of Connie Kendall
- Nathan Hoobler, writer/director
- Dave Griffin, voice of Jimmy Barclay
- Chris Grubb, "the hand guy"
- Josh Shepherd (uncredited), former Assistant Manager of Product Marketing at Focus on the Family
- Charlie Roth, co-creator
- Jacob Isom, webmaster of The Odyssey Scoop fan site
Recurring themes and Running jokes
The Ceiling Fan intro changes every episode, yet still contains the same elements of previous shows. It's almost a remix of a remix. The show's main character, Ethan Daniels, often implies that he has a crush on voice actor for Adventures in Odyssey, Katie Leigh. He is heard making references to hoping to meet her. He asked Nathan Hoobler for her number. He was heard attempting to chase her down during his visit to Colorado Springs. Ethan Daniels often taunts listeners by claiming to be the biggest Odyssey fan ever, yet consistently displaying his ignorance about the show. This has led to many listeners becoming very upset with Ethan, which then encourages him to continue the taunting. In the very first episode he made this claim and then followed it up the next episode by reassuring the doubters it was true. He also attempted to get Nathan Hoobler to confirm the claim in their interview. More recently, Ethan announced that he had started a poll on The Ceiling Fan Blog where fans could vote for the biggest fan. However, fans were disappointed when they got to the site when they found that Ethan was the only choice on the pole. The description of every episode through episode 22 began with “The very…” followed by the number of the episode. Ethan Daniels tends to tell lies. He also displays his ignorance of most everything. He can be pushy and insistent to others to help him without regard to their own needs. Fans have often contacted Kevin with complaints about something Ethan has said or done. Kevin is known for responding to these emails and messages telling them to take the matter up with Ethan and not him. Phil Jinkus tends to be a typical 25-year-old loser, yet Ethan thinks he is the coolest guy ever.
Tadpole Radio and Kmap Studios
Every episode ends with the announcement that “The Ceiling Fan is a presentation of Tadpole radio…and is produced by Kmap studios.” Tadpole Radio is an entertainment group focused on podcasts. Kevin McCreary and Charlie Roth founded Tadpole Radio. The group currently only has one show, The Ceiling Fan, but it has announced the development of two other shows, The Tadpole and The Man Outstanding in His Field. The name Tadpole comes from the name of one of the main characters of the upcoming show The Tadpole (which is the first show idea that inspired the creation of the group. The show is being written by Charlie Roth) The Characters name will be Tyson Avery Davis, but his friends call him TAD and his mother called him her little tadpole. This series is no longer actively worked on. Therefore, the group’s name is a tribute to the show. Kmap Studios, is an audio production company founded and ran by Kevin McCreary. The name is an acronym meaning Kevin McCreary Audio Productions. The Company mainly focuses on projects relating to podcasting and audio drama.
The Audio Drama Alliance
Following the indefinite hiatus in 2015, several contributors to The Ceiling Fan, including Christopher Green, Emily Knight, Solomon Kim, and Will L created a collective dedicated to creating quality audio drama, as somewhat of a "spiritual successor" to the show. The Audio Drama Alliance, or ADA for short, is a Christian audio drama collective whose mission is to "educate the next generation of audio drama and content creators while making fun, positive and clean audio content in a safe, Christian, Lord-led environment." The ADA has released several audio dramas in its 2016 season and is in the process of creating shows for its 2017 season.
|Number||Date||Link||News Report Headline||Odyssey with Ethan|
|1||08/01/08||Download||KYDS Radio faces legal trouble.||About the upcoming live show.|
|2||08/22/08||Download||Rapper, “Ice Kreem” gets the cold shoulder in Odyssey.||Interview with Odyssey writer Nathan Hoobler.|
|3||09/03/08||Download||Eugene Meltsner is chased by police.||Ethan’s adventure to Colorado Springs to see B-TV: Live!.|
|4||09/22/08||Download||Odyssey Coyotes baseball team gets 2 balls and one strike.||Announcements of upcoming Odyssey products.|
|5||10/10/08||Download||Gang violence seems to be escalating in Odyssey.||Ethan celebrated his 5th podcast by having an extra long show. He interviewed a lifelong fan of Odyssey, Chris Grubb, who had a special talent. He also interviewed a few voice actors who didn’t quite make the cut when it comes to working for Odyssey.|
|6||10/29/08||Download||The fictional town of Odyssey may not be as fictional as we all thought.||Ethan Daniels interviews Kevin McCreary, former intern of Focus on the Family.|
|7||11/15/08||Download||Ignorant Americans make history.||Ethan introduces Phil Jinkus and discusses the recent election.|
|8||11/27/08||Download||A special Thanksgiving episode: A discussion with the creators of the show, Kevin McCreary and Mark Jones about what they are thankful for.|
|9||12/21/08||Download||No toys at Harding’s toys; where will we buy Christmas gifts now?||A special Christmas special parodying the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, as only The Ceiling Fan can.|
|10||01/11/09||Download||Odyssey is under attack.||Celebrating New Years and ten episodes.|
|11||01/28/09||Download||Wonderworld Treehouse is visited by its creator.||A Day in the life of Ethan Daniels.|
|12||02/12/09||Download||It's Electric!!!||Special interview with Katie Leigh.|
|13||02/22/09||Download||John Avery Whittaker's request for a piece of the bailout pie is turning some heads in Odyssey.||Interview with Kevin McCreary and Charlie Roth, creators of The Tadpole Audio Series.|
|The Lashback Episode 1||03/11/09||||A new CFNN segment is introduced.||N/A|
|14||03/20/09||Download||A clown sets a local resident off at Burger World, causing a completely chaotic scene.||Ethan and Phil announce the start of their new Odyssey tribute band, M'KALISTER PARK.|
|15||05/09/09||Download||N/A||It's time for Ethan Daniels to overcome his nerves as his new band, M'KALISTER PARK, steps up to the stage in the local high school talent show. But will celebrity guest judge Dave Griffin (voice of Jimmy Barclay on Adventures in Odyssey) be the cause of failure for their budding band?|
|16||05/24/09||Watch||In The Ceiling Fan's first video podcast, the mayor of Odyssey signs a stimulus package for a Trickle Lake bailout, but the town may be getting themselves into deep water.||Join Kevin and Mark in the "studio" as they talk about the production process.|
|17||07/20/09||Download||Something fishy seems to be going on at Waneright plastics.||Meanwhile, Ethan hosts the top ten Ceiling Fan moments of season 1.|
|18||09/24/09||||A new healthcare reform comes to Odyssey.||Could there be a new actor to play Ethan?|
|19||10/30/09||||Odyssey faces problems caused by a newly discovered drug, called Marus.||Phil is scared out of his mind by Ethan's attempt to write a script for an Adventures in Odyssey movie.|
|20||12/22/09||||Ethan is annoyed by his friend, Freezy the Snow Boy.||N/A|
|21||03/15/10||||Mr. Whittaker goes on a diet.||Intern James joins the team.|
|22||04/01/10||||The people of Odyssey decide to hold a town wide yard sale.||Interview of Jacob Isom from The Odyssey Scoop.|
|Intern James Special 1||04/05/10||||N/A||Intern James finds a top secret email of Ethan's but does not have time to read it.|
|Intern James Special 2||04/06/10||||N/A||Intern James continues to try to get a look at the email.|
|Intern James Special 3||04/07/10||||N/A||Intern James tries again to get a glimpse of the email.|
|Intern James Special 4||04/08/10||||N/A||Intern James uses a flingy-majingy to try to get Ethans computer.|
|Intern James Special 5||04/09/10||||N/A||Intern James continues his quest to read Ethan's email.|
|Intern James Special 6||04/10/10||||N/A||Intern James talks to Jacob Isom about the email.|
|23||04/12/10||||John Watsenburger takes a trip in the Inspiration Station.||Intern James finally finds out what the email is about.|
|Intern James Special 7||04/17/10||||N/A||Phil apologises to Ethan for his April Phil's Day joke.|
|24||04/25/10||||A disappointingly boring news update.||Ethan has a Lashback because of the release of the Odyssey ScoopCast.|
|25||05/16/10||||Mr. Whittaker is sued because of Whit's End's new dog.||The Second Annual Fan Hijack Contest is announced.|
|26||05/31/10||||Harlow Doyle's past comes back to haunt him.||Ethan begins a road trip with Phil and James to find Odyssey.|
|Lashback from the Road||06/03/10||||Ethan Lashes back from behind the wheel.||N/A|
|The Ceiling Fan Writers' Room||06/07/10||||N/A||Kevin and Mark, writers for The Ceiling Fan, realize something is amiss.|
|27||06/16/10||||The citizens of Odyssey demand that the town adopt a flag of its own.||Ethan, Phil and James make it to New York and meet up with some surprises.|
|The Lashback||06/24/10||||N/A||Ethan lashes back at the state of Kansas.|
|28||06/28/10||||Government funded researchers swarm to Odyssey, to prove that the public's tax dollars are being well-spent. Also, a new hit single makes its debut.||Having made it to Colorado, Ethan is forced to confront an "enemy" and resolve an issue.|
|The Ceiling Fan Writers' Room 2||07/10/10||||N/A.||Kevin and Mark realize that they have a true problem on their hands.|
|29||07/14/10||||Whit's End's ice cream bandit speaks out about his unfortunate and embarrassing past.||While in Louisiana, the crew of Odyssey seekers gain some insight about where Odyssey is not|
|30, Part 1||07/27/10||||John Avery Whittaker is at it again, inventing things and inspiring communication.||Kevin gives a special announcement concerning Episode 30.|
|...?...||07/29/10||||N/A||Auditions are on at Focus on the Family, and everyone's showing up to try out for their favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters. But is there more to this audition than meets the ear?|
|...??...||08/01/10||||N/A||And the small bell above the door jingled. But what exactly is going on here?|
|30, Part 2||08/04/10||||Burger World, a clown and irresponsible teenagers collide in the quiet town of Odyssey, making news for the town's peaceful citizens.||Things are starting to fall into place as the three realize something very surprising in their quest.|
|31||09/15/10||||N/A||Intern James shares the top 10 moments of Season 2.|
|Harvest Special 2010||11/07/10||||N/A||Ethan and Phil celebrate the Harvest season.|
|Ceiling Fan Minisode||12/11/10||||N/A||Ethan receives a surprise call from former Intern James, who tells him all about his life at college.|
|Christmas Special 3||12/20/10||||N/A||Ethan and his new friend Aaron need to decide on a gift to bring to the children stuck in the hospital over the Christmas holidays.|
|33||01/28/11||||Crazy things seem to happen when the lights go out at Whit's End.||Ethan, Phil, James, and Intern Aaron reform M'kalister Park, and embark on a band tour.|
|34||02/15/11||||Kidsboro is investigated by a health inspector.||The band tour begins.|
|32||02/16/11||||N/A||Ethan remembers that he neglected to record a 32nd episode.|
|35||03/08/11||||A daring reporter asks the tough questions.||M'kalister Park plays its first concert in almost 2 years.|
|36||03/28/11||||Aliens are said to be attacking Odyssey. But is there more to this than meets the eye?||M'park's bus gets a flat tire.|
|36.25||04/01/11||||Mitch returns to Odyssey.||A Demise By Any Other Name.|
|36.5||04/06/11||||N/A||James and Intern Aaron hang out in Detroit.|
|37||04/18/11||||The Odyssey Postal Service reaches to new heights.||Ethan competes in a rap battle.|
|38||05/13/11||||Sleep is no longer necessary, thanks to a new drug.||M'kalister Park performs in San Fransisco.|
|38.5||05/29/11||||N/A||The Ceiling Fan boys try to find amusement on the bus.|
|39||06/08/11||||Odyssey Seniors want to have an Oldsboro to call their own.||The band tour continues.|
|40||06/14/11||||Apparently, mom was right all along when she said not to play the blame game.||Ethan and James visit the recording studio, and Ethan tells James his suspicions about Phil and Bernie.|
|41||07/12/11||||Have people stopped liking Mr. Whittaker?||Ethan finds out a very important piece of information about Aaron.|
|42, part 1||08/16/11||||There is nothing about which to report.||M'kalister Park visits the North Dakota state fair.|
|42, part 2||08/30/11||||N/A||Ethan and James try to make an escape, but things are not looking up for them.|
|Hallarvest Special||10/31/11||||N/A||Ethan pulls Hallarvest tricks.|
|It's a Ceiling Fan Christmas||12/20/11||||N/A||Ethan shares about his and Freezy's trip to the North Pole.|
|Kidnapped||01/08/12||||N/A||Aaron is kidnapped, but helped by a surfer named Kurt.|
|Busnapped||01/09/12||||N/A||Aaron begins his trip home.|
|Arizonanapped||01/10/12||||N/A||Aaron boarded the wrong bus and finds himself in Arizona.|
|Gas Stationnapped||01/11/12||||N/A||Aaron and Kurt decide to drive to Indiana from Arizona, and run into an undercover police officer.|
|Kurt's Aunt's Carnapped||01/12/12||||N/A||Kurt explains more to Aaron about the undercover cop.|
|Indonesian Foodnapped||01/14/12||||N/A||Aaron tells Kurt his story.|
|The Very Last Episode, In Which Aaron and Kurt Finally Make It to Shipshewananapped||01/19/12||||N/A||Aaron makes it home, but is re-kidnapped.|
|43||01/29/12||||N/A||Back to the beginning of season 3, Agent Bernie visits Agent Phil and enlists his aid.|
|44||03/01/12||||N/A||Phil and Bernie recieve a new mission.|
|News Report 1||03/19/12||||Odyssey has its own fountain of youth.||N/A|
|45||04/07/12||||N/A||An agent from StarCorp attacks the band.|
|46||08/27/12||||N/A||Aaron shares the whole story of his kidnapping with Kurt.|
|47||09/13/12||||N/A||Phil and Bernie go on another mission.|
|48||10/30/12||||N/A||A Starcorp agent takes the place of Aaron and tries to kidnap Ethan.|
|A CFNN Christmas!||12/26/12||||N/A|
|49||01/23/13||||N/A||We see Phil's perspective of the Season 3 Finale.|
|50||03/23/13||||N/A||The hot air balloon lands in a forest; Phil and Bernie fight about The Agency.|
|Episode 51: The Finale||04/01/13||||N/A||April Fools 2013|
|51, part 1||08/06/13||||N/A||Phil in the Blanks|
|The Christmas Fan||12/24/13||||N/A||Parody of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"|
|51, part 2||02/15/14||||N/A||Phil's Hairy Back Story|
|52||03/31/14||[]||N/A||Truth Be Told|
|53, part 1||09/25/14||||N/A||It All Comes Down To This|
|53, part 2||12/10/14||||N/A||Actually, It All Comes Down To THIS|
|I'll Be Home Alone for Christmas||12/10/14||||N/A||Ethan encounters some surprise guests when he stays home alone.|
|54||03/09/15||Download||Dentures in Odyssey||Ceiling Fan Mail|
|The Brief Return of Tim and Steven||08/29/15||N/A||A new Heartcast from Tim and Steven|
|Extremely Belated Mommies' Day 2015||12/02/15||The Selfie Disease||Ethan tries to record a podcast while his mom is running the vacuum cleaner.|
|The Ceiling Fan Clause||12/20/15||N/A||Ethan hosts a Christmas party and learns some important lessons.|
|Gifts of the Rad Guys||12/24/16||N/A||Ethan and Kurt exchange Christmas gifts.|
|Number||Date||Link||News Report Headline||Odyssey with Ethan|
M'kalister Park Songs
|Odyssey Odydo||14, 15|
|The Way Back||35|
|Tooth Fairy Song||37|
|Come Back Jimmy||40|
|Bring Mitch Back||41|
|Goodbye||42 (part 2)|
|M'kalister Park Remix||Album Only|
|Communicate Acoustic||Album Only|
|Worth It||It's A Ceiling Fan Christmas!|