History Radio / TheWaroftheWorlds

22nd Sep '15 2:15:12 PM Mdumas43073
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When Creator/OrsonWelles needed to come up with a HalloweenEpisode for the October 30, 1938 broadcast of his CBS Radio program ''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'', he decided to adapt the Creator/HGWells 1898 novel ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' to a contemporary American setting. Rather than staging a regular radio play like all of the previous Mercury Theater broadcasts, for this episode the program aired what seemed like a regular night of music, until reports came over the air of strange phenomena on the surface of Mars and what seem to be meteorites landing in locations across America...
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When Creator/OrsonWelles needed to come up with a HalloweenEpisode for the October 30, 1938 broadcast of his CBS Radio Creator/{{CBS}} radio program ''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'', he decided to adapt the Creator/HGWells 1898 novel ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' to a contemporary American setting. Rather than staging a regular radio play like all of the previous Mercury Theater broadcasts, for this episode the program aired what seemed like a regular night of music, until reports came over the air of strange phenomena on the surface of Mars and what seem to be meteorites landing in locations across America...
22nd Sep '15 2:14:45 PM Mdumas43073
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The incident was dramatized in the 1975 TV movie, ''The Night That Panicked America'' co-starring Creator/JohnRitter, and it was touched upon in feature films like ''Film/RadioDays'' by Creator/WoodyAllen. It was analyzed in a [[http://www.radiolab.org/story/91622-war-of-the-worlds/ hysterically funny episode]] of NPR's ''Radio Lab'' in 2008, talking about the power of mass media and humanity's need for storytelling.
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The incident was dramatized in the 1975 TV movie, ''The Night That Panicked America'' America'', a 1975 MadeForTVMovie co-starring Creator/JohnRitter, and it was touched upon in feature films like ''Film/RadioDays'' by Creator/WoodyAllen. It was analyzed in a [[http://www.radiolab.org/story/91622-war-of-the-worlds/ hysterically funny episode]] of NPR's ''Radio Lab'' Creator/{{NPR}}'s ''Radiolab'' in 2008, talking about the power of mass media and humanity's need for storytelling.
14th Sep '15 12:16:46 PM gallium
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* NarratingTheObvious: This trope, usually nigh-unavoidable in radio drama, is here averted. Usually in an audio play characters have to explicate things that they are seeing for the benefit of the audience. Thanks to the decision to stage this show as a PhonyNewscast, and a reading from Pierson's journal in Act Three, the characters are already narrating the action, so this trope is avoided.
31st Dec '14 6:53:46 PM nombretomado
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The incident was dramatized in the 1975 TV movie, ''The Night That Panicked America'' co-starring JohnRitter, and it was touched upon in feature films like ''Film/RadioDays'' by Creator/WoodyAllen. It was analyzed in a [[http://www.radiolab.org/story/91622-war-of-the-worlds/ hysterically funny episode]] of NPR's ''Radio Lab'' in 2008, talking about the power of mass media and humanity's need for storytelling.
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The incident was dramatized in the 1975 TV movie, ''The Night That Panicked America'' co-starring JohnRitter, Creator/JohnRitter, and it was touched upon in feature films like ''Film/RadioDays'' by Creator/WoodyAllen. It was analyzed in a [[http://www.radiolab.org/story/91622-war-of-the-worlds/ hysterically funny episode]] of NPR's ''Radio Lab'' in 2008, talking about the power of mass media and humanity's need for storytelling.
22nd Oct '14 10:53:15 PM gallium
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When Creator/OrsonWelles began adapting various famous works for CBS Radio in 1938, he decided to adapt the Creator/HGWells 1898 novel ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' to a contemporary American setting, and, rather than a regular radio play, aired what seemed like a regular night of music, until reports came over the air of strange phenomena on the surface of Mars and what seem to be meteorites landing in locations across America... By the time large alien tripods emerged from the cylindrical meteorite and began destroying the American countryside, many listeners believed that the events taking place were really happening, and panic ensued. Or so the UrbanLegends say, at least--see NewMediaAreEvil below. Welles himself ended the program by saying that the program was little more than "dressing up in a sheet, jumping out of a bush, and saying 'Boo!'" and suggesting that the audience shouldn't be taken in by make-believe stories on the radio. The one-hour program became a media sensation. Welles and the show broadcasting it (''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'') were instantly internationally famous. For instance, the Campbell Soup Company jumped at the chance of becoming the sponsorless show's underwriter, and ''The Mercury Theater on the Air'' was renamed ''The Campbell Playhouse''. Whether or not he used the format to [[ForTheEvulz intentionally troll radio listeners]] is still up for debate. The broadcast was actually [[http://www.war-ofthe-worlds.co.uk/war_worlds_quito.htm recreated in 1949 in Quito, Ecuador]] by director Leonardo Pez, ''definitely'' as an intentional prank, although not on the diabolical level that's been attributed to him. A huge riot erupted when listeners were finally told it was a gag. An angry mob with TorchesAndPitchforks set fire to the station, with 100 workers trapped inside. Seven people died. It was tried again in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-oTTyGOkIg an updated version by WKBW]] in Buffalo, New York in 1968. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1A0R1vldv4 Conceived]] by engineer-director Dan Kriegler and program director Jeff Kaye, it used the station's news staff and contemporary music and commercials and put the action in nearby Grand Island. Instead of a script, Kaye wrote out a series of events and had the news people read them as they would normally. In spite of fairly frequent "this is a dramatization" announcements, the show's format meant that people who tuned in late were going to think, at least for a few minutes, that it was real. A local newspaper, several police officers and the Canadian National Guard (which sent troops to the border) were among those deceived. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXTEUM4OF7Q WKBW updated the format again and rebroadcast the show in 1971]]. The incident was dramatized in the 1975 TV movie, ''The Night That Panicked America'' co-starring JohnRitter and touched upon in feature films like ''RadioDays'' by Creator/WoodyAllen. It was analyzed in a [[http://www.radiolab.org/story/91622-war-of-the-worlds/ hysterically funny episode]] of NPR's ''Radio Lab'' in 2008, talking about the power of mass media and humanity's need for storytelling.
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When Creator/OrsonWelles began adapting various famous works needed to come up with a HalloweenEpisode for the October 30, 1938 broadcast of his CBS Radio in 1938, program ''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'', he decided to adapt the Creator/HGWells 1898 novel ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' to a contemporary American setting, and, rather setting. Rather than staging a regular radio play, play like all of the previous Mercury Theater broadcasts, for this episode the program aired what seemed like a regular night of music, until reports came over the air of strange phenomena on the surface of Mars and what seem to be meteorites landing in locations across America... By the time large alien tripods emerged from the cylindrical meteorite and began destroying the American countryside, many listeners believed that the events taking place were really happening, and panic ensued. Or so the UrbanLegends say, at least--see least. In fact, there was little to no actual panic, and the breathless reports that ran in the next day's newspapers were an attempt by newspapers to discredit radio--see NewMediaAreEvil below. Welles himself ended the program by saying that the program was little more than "dressing up in a sheet, jumping out of a bush, and saying 'Boo!'" and suggesting that the audience shouldn't be taken in by make-believe stories on the radio. The one-hour program became a media sensation. Welles and the his show broadcasting it (''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'') were instantly internationally famous. For instance, the The Campbell Soup Company jumped at the chance of becoming the sponsorless show's underwriter, and ''The Mercury Theater on the Air'' was renamed ''The Campbell Playhouse''. Whether or not he Welles used the format to [[ForTheEvulz intentionally troll radio listeners]] is still up for debate. debate, but the show made him a star, and led before too long to a movie contract, and ''Film/CitizenKane''. The broadcast was actually [[http://www.war-ofthe-worlds.co.uk/war_worlds_quito.htm recreated in 1949 in Quito, Ecuador]] by director Leonardo Pez, ''definitely'' as an intentional prank, although not on the diabolical level that's been attributed to him. A huge riot erupted when listeners were finally told it was a gag. An angry mob with TorchesAndPitchforks set fire to the station, with 100 workers trapped inside. Seven people died. died. It was tried again in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-oTTyGOkIg an updated version by WKBW]] in Buffalo, New York in 1968. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1A0R1vldv4 Conceived]] by engineer-director Dan Kriegler and program director Jeff Kaye, it used the station's news staff and contemporary music and commercials and put the action in nearby Grand Island. Instead of a script, Kaye wrote out a series of events and had the news people read them as they would normally. In spite of fairly frequent "this is a dramatization" announcements, the show's format meant that people who tuned in late were going to think, at least for a few minutes, that it was real. A local newspaper, several police officers and the Canadian National Guard (which sent troops to the border) were among those deceived. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXTEUM4OF7Q WKBW updated the format again and rebroadcast the show in 1971]]. The incident was dramatized in the 1975 TV movie, ''The Night That Panicked America'' co-starring JohnRitter JohnRitter, and it was touched upon in feature films like ''RadioDays'' ''Film/RadioDays'' by Creator/WoodyAllen. It was analyzed in a [[http://www.radiolab.org/story/91622-war-of-the-worlds/ hysterically funny episode]] of NPR's ''Radio Lab'' in 2008, talking about the power of mass media and humanity's need for storytelling.
17th Oct '14 7:17:10 PM Raptorslash
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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Pierson, the Ogilvy {{Expy}}, survives the invasion, unlike his novel counterpart.
12th Oct '14 8:59:22 AM gallium
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When Creator/OrsonWelles began adapting various famous works for CBS Radio in 1938, he decided to adapt the Creator/HGWells 1898 novel ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' to a contemporary American setting, and, rather than a regular radio play, aired what seemed like a regular night of music, until reports of strange phenomena on the surface of Mars and what seem to be meteorites landing in locations across America...
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When Creator/OrsonWelles began adapting various famous works for CBS Radio in 1938, he decided to adapt the Creator/HGWells 1898 novel ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' to a contemporary American setting, and, rather than a regular radio play, aired what seemed like a regular night of music, until reports came over the air of strange phenomena on the surface of Mars and what seem to be meteorites landing in locations across America...

The one-hour program became a media sensation. Welles and the show broadcasting it (''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'') were instantly internationally famous. For instance, the Campbell Soup Company jumped at the chance of becoming the sponsorless show's underwriter to become ''The Campbell Playhouse''. Whether or not he used the format to [[ForTheEvulz intentionally troll radio listeners]] is still up for debate. The broadcast was actually [[http://www.war-ofthe-worlds.co.uk/war_worlds_quito.htm recreated in 1949 in Quito, Ecuador]] by director Leonardo Pez, ''definitely'' as an intentional prank, although not on the diabolical level that's been attributed to him. A huge riot erupted when listeners were finally told it was a gag. An angry mob with TorchesAndPitchforks set fire to the station, with 100 workers trapped inside. Seven people died.
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The one-hour program became a media sensation. Welles and the show broadcasting it (''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'') were instantly internationally famous. For instance, the Campbell Soup Company jumped at the chance of becoming the sponsorless show's underwriter to become underwriter, and ''The Mercury Theater on the Air'' was renamed ''The Campbell Playhouse''. Whether or not he used the format to [[ForTheEvulz intentionally troll radio listeners]] is still up for debate. The broadcast was actually [[http://www.war-ofthe-worlds.co.uk/war_worlds_quito.htm recreated in 1949 in Quito, Ecuador]] by director Leonardo Pez, ''definitely'' as an intentional prank, although not on the diabolical level that's been attributed to him. A huge riot erupted when listeners were finally told it was a gag. An angry mob with TorchesAndPitchforks set fire to the station, with 100 workers trapped inside. Seven people died.

* NewMediaAreEvil: Some suggest that most people weren't taken in by the faux-news format (or at least did little more than call police to ask what was happening) and that newspapers embellished the facts to make radio look bad ([[http://books.google.ca/books?id=GeWm-zM3NEoC&lpg=PP1&dq=Little+Green+Men,+Meowing+Nuns+and+Head-Hunting+Panics:&pg=PA219&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false seems to be the most likely]]).
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* NewMediaAreEvil: Some suggest Latter-day research has found that most people weren't taken in by the faux-news format (or at least did little more than call police to ask what was happening) and that newspapers embellished the facts to make radio look bad ([[http://books.google.ca/books?id=GeWm-zM3NEoC&lpg=PP1&dq=Little+Green+Men,+Meowing+Nuns+and+Head-Hunting+Panics:&pg=PA219&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false seems to be the most likely]]).

* RealTime: For the opening PhonyNewscast part of the program, as radio bulletins break the news of the Martian invasion. Even before the PhonyNewscast portion of the show ends, the RealTime part is basically abandoned, as the show skips ahead to military confrontations with the Martians and the Martian advance on New York.
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* RealTime: For roughly the opening PhonyNewscast part first third of the program, up to the death of reporter Phillips, as radio bulletins break the news of the Martian invasion. Even before the PhonyNewscast portion of the show ends, the RealTime part is basically abandoned, as the show skips ahead to military confrontations with the Martians and the Martian advance on New York.
1st Oct '14 11:32:24 AM CaptEquinox
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The incident was dramatized in the 1975 TV movie, ''The Night That Panicked America'' co-starring JohnRitter and touched upon in feature films like ''RadioDays'' by Creator/WoodyAllen. It was analyzed in a hysterically funny episode of NPR's ''RadioLab'' in 2008, talking about the power of mass media and humanity's need for storytelling.
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The incident was dramatized in the 1975 TV movie, ''The Night That Panicked America'' co-starring JohnRitter and touched upon in feature films like ''RadioDays'' by Creator/WoodyAllen. It was analyzed in a [[http://www.radiolab.org/story/91622-war-of-the-worlds/ hysterically funny episode episode]] of NPR's ''RadioLab'' ''Radio Lab'' in 2008, talking about the power of mass media and humanity's need for storytelling.
22nd Sep '14 9:59:49 PM gallium
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The one-hour program became a media sensation. Welles and the show broadcasting it (''The Mercury Theatre on the Air'') were instantly internationally famous. For instance, the Campbell Soup Company jumped at the chance of becoming the sponsorless show's underwriter to become ''The Campbell Playhouse''. Whether or not he used the format to [[ForTheEvulz intentionally troll radio listeners]] is still up for debate. The broadcast was actually [[http://www.war-ofthe-worlds.co.uk/war_worlds_quito.htm recreated in 1949 in Quito, Ecuador]] by director Leonardo Pez, ''definitely'' as an intentional prank, although not on the diabolical level that's been attributed to him. A huge riot erupted when listeners were finally told it was a gag. An angry mob with TorchesAndPitchforks set fire to the station, with 100 workers trapped inside. Seven people died.
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The one-hour program became a media sensation. Welles and the show broadcasting it (''The Mercury Theatre on the Air'') (''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'') were instantly internationally famous. For instance, the Campbell Soup Company jumped at the chance of becoming the sponsorless show's underwriter to become ''The Campbell Playhouse''. Whether or not he used the format to [[ForTheEvulz intentionally troll radio listeners]] is still up for debate. The broadcast was actually [[http://www.war-ofthe-worlds.co.uk/war_worlds_quito.htm recreated in 1949 in Quito, Ecuador]] by director Leonardo Pez, ''definitely'' as an intentional prank, although not on the diabolical level that's been attributed to him. A huge riot erupted when listeners were finally told it was a gag. An angry mob with TorchesAndPitchforks set fire to the station, with 100 workers trapped inside. Seven people died.
22nd Sep '14 9:59:17 PM gallium
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* MoodWhiplash: Terrifying reports of Martian spaceships landing on Earth? We'll get back to that in a second, but first, here's Ramon Raquello and his orchestra!
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