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 Kids' 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 Kids' 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?


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Brad Dillard John Whittaker
Sherman (b) John Whittaker
Connie Kendall Jimmy Barclay


  • The episode starts out with Chris trying to find Kids' Radio on her radio and eventually stumbling upon the Odyssey theme.
  • Unlike its follow-up episode #141: “Over the Airwaves”, this episode's whole "radio" portion 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 Kids' 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.'
  • This episode marks the first use of Lucy's other last name, Schultz — something that Jimmy finds curious, with good reason. (See Lucy's Last Name for more info.)
  • Tom's claim that Odyssey only has one grocery store seems highly unlikely. The elderly Joe Finneman has lived in Odyssey for years and has presumably been running his grocery store, Finneman's Market, for a long time. Another grocery store, Jenkins's Market, would be heard just a few episodes later in #133: “Cousin Albert” — did Mr. Jenkins open the store only shortly after the events of this episode took place?
  • Whit wonders aloud at the end of this episode how they're going to fill airtime 24 hours per day. However, it was established back in “Kids Radio” that the station license only allowed for broadcasts between sunup and sundown. Here, Whit and Tom restarted the station on a whim and presumably started airing the same day: when did they find time to change the conditions of the license?



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?

Mr. Small: Money talks, my man. Money talks.