The War of the Worlds Broadcast

The Mercury Theater Presents. . .

Antique Radio (image from clipart) On October 30, 1938, a small theater group, including a 23-year-old prodigy named Orson Welles, convinced over a million Americans that Martians were invading the planet.(3) Using an old science fiction novel, a mediocre script and a few clever sound effects, Welles and company were able to execute the greatest hoax in broadcasting history. (1)

The War of the Worlds radio broadcast and its influence on listeners have been talked about and studied for nearly 70 years. The hoax presented many interesting observations about the power of the media and its ability to manipulate an audience

This site contains information about the broadcast and reasons why so many listeners were deceived.

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