Windsor/Detroit's CKWW AM 580 readies for a great Halloween tradition
Part trick, part treat: AM580 today unveiled plans to air one of the most infamous radio broadcasts of all time this coming Halloween night. The War of the Worlds is slated to take over the airwaves on Friday, October 31st at 8 PM, upholding AM580's annual tradition of airing the original, 1938 historic broadcast, uncut and commercial free.
"As our listeners gather around their radios to relive this classic drama from the "golden age of radio", we hope they are both entertained and a little spooked," said Eric Proksch, General Manager, AM580. "We have been airing The War of the Worlds every Halloween since the 1990s, and it is a Halloween tradition that we are proud to continue."
The War of the Worlds was originally broadcast in 1938 as part of the Mercury Theatre On the Air program. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel about an alien invasion, this radio adaptation was directed and narrated by Orson Welles. Despite numerous disclaimers, the simulated news bulletins caused widespread panic across the country over the belief that Martians had landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey.
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