Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Today 1938 War of the worlds _HG Wells

It's 1938_october_30. It's Halloween. It's dark outside. The radio is on.......
Nice big band music. Suddenly the program is interupted by a news flash........

The New York Times the day after....

A wave of mass hysteria seized thousands of radio listeners between 8:15 and 9:30 o'clock last night when a broadcast of a dramatization of HG Wells's fantasy, The War of the Worlds, led thousands to believe that an interplanetary conflict had started with invading Martians spreading wide death and destruction in New Jersey & New York.

The broadcast, which disrupted households, interrupted religious services, created traffic jams and clogged communications systems, was made by Orson Welles, who as the radio character, "The Shadow," used to give "the creeps" to countless child listeners. This time at least a score of adults required medical treatment for shock and hysteria.

Throughout New York families left their homes, some to flee to near-by parks. Thousands of persons called the police, newspapers and radio stations here and in other cities of the United States and Canada seeking advice on protective measures against the raids.

The program was produced by Mr Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air over station WABC and the Columbia Broadcasting System's coast-to-coast network, from 8 to 9 o'clock.....

So far the New York Times 1938_october_31....
The book by HG Wells was issued 1898.
Most of you will know the LP version by Jeff Wayne or the movie by Stephen Spielberg.
In the comment I offer ya the complete original radio broadcast.
But there's more ! Also the complete New York Times & Nebraska State Journal articles. Even more ! I added also, to get the best way to listen, the complete original script (it corresponds exactly to what was spoken by the actors on the broadcast) !

The above Youtube video is a 6 minute animation based upon Jeff Waynes Album. Created for a university project as a short animation and fun to watch.

Note : full screen window gives you the best view of the comments !

Original War of the Worlds _HG Wells_Orson Welles

You will have to do a little work to get the link. Sorry, but this seems the best way to protect my links.

Of course you understand to replace in r#pidsh#re twice the # in an a otherwise you don't have a 'valid' link !!
Paste this valid link in your browser-url and hit RETURN

Pass to extract the file : 071029

File is a small 30MB, 'cause I made the broadcast file in 80kbits

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