One of the most memorable programs in broadcast history, the Halloween Eve 1938 broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" set off a nationwide panic that's almost unimaginable today. Presented by the Mercury Theatre on the Air and its creative genius, Orson Welles, the drama based on H.G. Wells' classic novel tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth. As written by Howard Koch, the play unfolds in a realistic documentary style, complete with simulated news broadcasts of aliens landing in Grover's Mill, New Jersey.
This week, the audio book version of Mercury Theatre on the Air's The War of the Worlds has made it into the top 50 bestsellers in the Radio category. You can legally download or stream this audio book and listen to it for free at Spotify, Deezer, and in high quality at Audible.