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Presenting the Transcription Feature: The Mercury Theater on the Air - The War of the Worlds

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.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the broadcast of this program, John shares the original broadcast as well as tells you about the BBC production of Independence Day UK, a tie-in audio drama to the blockbuster movie done in the style of The War of the World.  Check out Kevin Lauderdale's more detailed look at the original production on his It Has Come to My Attention.

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October means that we dip in once again to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.  This year, we look at the final year of EG Marshall's turn as host of the long running anthology series. Plus, we conclude the current stories for Superman and The Avengers and premiere new stories.

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October 26, 2013
0:29 - The Weekly Podioplex Promo
4:35 - The Adventures of Superman - "Pillar of Fire at Graves End", part 1 - August 5, 1940
16:25 - CBS Radio Mystery Theater - "Daddy's Girl" - October 26, 1981
1:01:32 - The Avengers - "The Morning After", part 1



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October means that we dip in once again to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.  This year, we look at the final year of EG Marshall's turn as host of the long running anthology series. Plus, we conclude the current stories for Superman and The Avengers and premiere new stories.

Please comment on this episodes here or write john@chronicrift.com or call 888-866-9010.

 

 

 


October 19, 2013
0:29 - Teenage Wasteland Podcast Promo
4:30 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 6 - August 3, 1940
15:40 - CBS Radio Mystery Theater - "The Equalizer" - October 19, 1981
58:25 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 6


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October means that we dip in once again to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.  This year, we look at the final year of EG Marshall's turn as host of the long running anthology series. Plus, we conclude the current stories for Superman and The Avengers and premiere new stories.

Please comment on this episodes here or write john@chronicrift.com or call 888-866-9010.

 

 

 


October 12, 2013
0:29 - Twisted Geeks Podcast Promo
4:35 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 5 - July 31, 1940
15:35 - CBS Radio Mystery Theater - "The 500 Carats" - October 12, 1981
59:55 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 5



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October means that we dip in once again to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.  This year, we look at the final year of EG Marshall's turn as host of the long running anthology series. Plus, we conclude the current stories for Superman and The Avengers and premiere new stories.

Please comment on this episodes here or write john@chronicrift.com or call 888-866-9010.

 

 

 

October 4, 2013
0:29 - The Regis Jack Experience Netcast Promo
3:46 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 4 - July 29, 1940
16:45 - CBS Radio Mystery Theater - "The Solid Gold Zarf" - October 4, 1981
1:01:34 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 4

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It had a great lead actor, an interesting take on the Western genre, and was produced when Westerns were king on television.  So why did Frontier Gentleman only last a little less than a year?  It's the featured presentation this month and that and more will be discussedPlus, we continue the current stories for Superman and The Avengers.

Please comment on this episodes here or write john@chronicrift.com or call 888-866-9010.



September 14, 2013
0:29 - The Revcast Roundtable Promo
3:50 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 4 - July 27, 1940
15:55 - Frontier Gentleman - "A Horse for Kendall" - September 14, 1958
41:03 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 4


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    It had a great lead actor, an interesting take on the Western genre, and was produced when Westerns were king on television.  So why didFrontier Gentleman only last a little less than a year?  It's the featured presentation this month and that and more will be discussedPlus, we continue the current stories for Superman andThe Avengers.

    Please comment on this episodes here or write john@chronicrift.com or call 888-866-9010.



    September 7, 2013
    0:29 - The Retroist Podcast Promo
    3:36 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 3 - July 25, 1940
    18:10 - Frontier Gentleman - "The Last of Belle Siddons" - September 7, 1958
    43:00 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 3


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      We're playing catchup as we never completed the episodes for August.  Stay tuned for the rest of the week as we have two more to go there before hitting our September episodes starting on Saturday.


      August 31, 2013
      0:29 - PSA for iTunes reviews
      3:48 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 1 - July 23, 1940
      15:33 - Theater Five - "The Scream" - August 31, 1964
      36:25 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 1

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      Category:Presenting the Transcription Feature -- posted at: 8:00am EST
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      We're playing catchup as we never completed the episodes for August.  Stay tuned for the rest of the week as we have two more to go there before hitting our September episodes starting on Saturday.


      August 24, 2013
      0:29 - The Righteous Dude Dudecast Promo
      3:47 - The Adventures of Superman - "Happyland Amusement Park", part 6 - July 18, 1940
      15:07 - Theater Five - "Caller at Midnight" - August 24, 1964
      35:07 - The Avengers - "Too Many Oles", part 6

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      Category:Presenting the Transcription Feature -- posted at: 9:37pm EST
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      We're playing catchup as we never completed the episodes for August.  Stay tuned for the rest of the week as we have two more to go there before hitting our September episodes starting on Saturday.


      August 10, 2013
      0:29 - Epic Podcast Promo
      5:01 - The Adventures of Superman - "Happyland Amusement Park", part 5 - July 16, 1940
      16:08 - Theater Five - "The Fun Party" - August 17, 1964
      37:44 - The Avengers - "Too Many Oles", part 5

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      Category:Presenting the Transcription Feature -- posted at: 5:30am EST
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