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The War of the Worlds is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds (1898).
The first two thirds of the 62-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested to many listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. Compounding the issue was the fact that the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a sustaining show (it ran without commercial breaks), adding to the program's realism. Although there were sensationalist accounts in the press about a supposed panic in response to the broadcast, the precise extent of listener response has been debated.
In the days following the adaptation, however, there was widespread outrage and panic by certain listeners, who had believed the events described in the program were real. The program's news-bulletin format was described as cruelly deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast. Despite these complaints—or perhaps in part because of them—the episode secured Welles' fame as a dramatist.
Full broadcast also on youtube!
Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" Radio Broadcast
AND SOME OF YOU WONDER WHY THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT DISCLOSE WHAT THEY KNOW AND HOW THEY ARE INVOLVED WITH ALIENS ??? If a short radio broadcast based on a fictional novel can create that much of a stir so as to panic some individuals, think what the disclosure of real aliens might cause ?!?!
I thought the world was waking up? At the least, with everything we know about psyops and government departmental secrecy and shenannigans, we would be that much more insightful and sophisticated than our 1930's counterparts, but with people posting what you have posted every now and then, people 'in the know' or not...the deception continues onwards.