October 30, 1938 Orson Welles “War of the Worlds” Radio Broadcast Panics Thousands

In the days before television, families would gather around the radio for news and entertainment.  This infamous broadcast was a commercial-free hour long program designed to sound like  a breaking news report.  Many listened and enjoyed the entertainment as it was meant to be.  Many others paniced, called police or rushed to the site in New Jersey where they heard martians had landed a spacecraft.

1030 War of the Worlds 1938

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