Let’s compare both for a moment, shall we?
Up to 24 downloads
More than 100 exclusive episodes
Every album ever created
Almost every episode ever created
No ad breaks
Radio (and web listening):
Some episodes have never aired
Up to 4 episodes (with new website)
Different lines (sometimes)
Can listen to one episode for two days
Now, would I say I’m biased? Absolutely! If you’re not a club member, go buy yourself a nice membership! #notsponsored 🙂 It’s tough to be a fan of Adventures in Odyssey when you aren’t. When I didn’t have a membership in my early days of fandom, I still liked AIO, but I could never have become an AIOWiki Editor or understood like half of the podcasts. I couldn’t have whipped out my *nonexistent* phone and scrolled through 69 Albums or the whole Green Ring Conspiracy going, “Hmm…what to listen to now?” No! I waited, patiently, longing for 8:00 to come. And don’t even get me started on Clubhouse. Are these canon? I didn’t even get my first Clubhouse magazine in the mail. I got it at Whit’s End Colorado Springs! How did fans even LIVE before 2014!? Whew.
Alright, let’s talk about the radio. By the time you listen to a new episode on the radio, all the details will be on every fansite, podcast, and AIOWiki edit. So there’s really no point unless you can avoid all the spoilers. Which you can’t; the details will be on the Adventures in Odyssey Site itself. The only one I know that actually owns a radio is a great-grandpa who goes to my church. So whenever my family listened to an episode, it would be in the car or on the website. Back when the website had several episodes, we would just listen to a bunch of episodes there. Sometimes I would look at other parts of the website, like albums from the past. But the only real things I cared about were the episodes and the Get in The Show contest. I heard about the AIO Club, but it wasn’t even called the AIO Club then. It was called the Odyssey Adventure Club. However, there are some things on the radio that have never been on the Club. I just heard the Knight’s Scheme ad, and it’s chilling. There’s also the extended wrap. I memorized Focus’s address with those wraps. Some lines are included in the radio versions that are cut from episodes in the Club. So if you’re not a member, radio is a good (albeit inferior) option. In conclusion:
The Adventures in Odyssey Club for the app, offline listening, exclusive episodes, play queues, and cut lines.
Radio for the same quality of episodes, ads, whole episodes, fewer episodes, longer wraps, and four episodes a day.
If you like gathering around and listening to the radio (which my family still does), then keep at it. But when it comes to things like road trips or just putting on headphones and listening, the Club is the way to go. Anyway: