War of the Worlds Radio Drama. A brief overview …. War of The Worlds Radio Dramatisation. Where: Recorded on the 20 th Floor of a high rise in New York City. BBC Studio. 1939 as a Halloween special performance. What:
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A brief overview …
”2X2L calling CQ. Isn’t there anyone on the air? Isn’t there anyone on the air? Isn’t there … anyone?”
Due to pre-war atmosphere, people believed it was an actual news broadcast.
Newspapers reported further.
Panic ensued with people calling CBS, newspapers and police which added to the confusion.
Across the Northeastern United States and Canada people fled their homes (and committed suicide).
They tried to reassure panicked listeners that it was only a play.
BUT, people now suspected that the radio station was simply trying to cover up the truth.
Panic caused phone lines to become blocked and a short circuit at a power station caused electricity to go out … which further added to the chaos.
Within one month, newspapers had published 12,50 articles about the broadcast and its impact.
Adolf Hitler (remember, this was 1939) used this chaos and panic to his advantage by stating it was, “evidence of the decadence and corrupt condition of (U.S) democracy”