Re-Imagined Radio celebrates World Audio Drama Day with our adaptation of The War of the Worlds, and the eighty second anniversary of the most (in)famous radio drama ever broadcast.
Inspired by the 1898 H. G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds, and the 30 October 1938 radio dramatization by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air. Since then, The War of the Worlds has been often called the most (in)famous radio broadcast of all time.
The story is about an invasion of Earth by beings from the planet Mars. Earth survives, and is thankful for this reprieve, all the while knowing that the Martians are watching, cooly calculating their next invasion.
The use of "break in" news announcements, then relatively new, was key in convincing many people that the fictional program was actually reporting live events unfolding around the country. Believable dialogue and realistic sound effects created, in listeners' imaginations, the idea that the eventsthey were hearing were actually happening.
This performance was recorded live. Listen now.
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The Common Good. KXRW Radio, Vancouver, WA, 11 June 2020.
Produced by Joe Clemons, host of The Common Ground, to promote the scheduled 2020 performance.
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