The Martians are Coming
The War of the Worlds broadcast aired at 8 p.m. on Halloween eve 1938. Welles announced his disclaimer that the program was bogus and began the broadcast with a fictitious musical “performance” by an imaginary orchestra. (2)
The announcer, played by Bernard Herrmann, first interrupted the music to tell the audience about a disturbance on the planet Mars. As the play unfolded, the announcer took over the musical program to describe the events of a Martian invasion.
The aliens landed in Grover's Mill New Jersey and were making their way to New York City , creating a path of poisonous gas and destruction.
About half an hour into the broadcast, the performers were surprised to learn that some of the listeners believed the news bulletins. The program had created a widespread panic (2)