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The 1938 "War of the Worlds" Radio Broadcast Wavs


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The Mercury Theatre On-The-Air Announcer begins broadcast.

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Orson Welles' opening monologue.

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The beginning of the dramatized radio show.

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The first reports of regularly intervaled explosions on the surface of Mars.

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Reporter Carl Phillips reports from Princeton Observatory.

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Carl Phillips interviews Princeton Observatory's Professor Richard Pearson (Orson Welles) on the explosions on Mars.

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Carl Phillips reads message sent to Prof. Pearson regarding a seismic disturbance outside Princeton and concludes his interview at Princeton Observatory.

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News Bulletin corrorborates reports of explosions on Mars and reports the fall of an object, "believed to be a meteorite", onto a farm in Grovers Mill, New Jersey.

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Studio Announcer breaks to Grovers Mill.

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Carl Phillips reports live from the scene of the object's fall at Grovers Mill.

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Farm owner Mr. Wilmuth is interviewed by Carl Phillips.

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Carl Phillips gives his radio listeners a background description of scene.

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Argument between Police and curious spectators covered by Carl Phillips.

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Carl Phillips first reports a curious scraping noise coming from the object, then excitedly describes the unscrewing of an opening in the object.

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The Martians emerge from their landing craft as Carl Phillips reports.

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Carl Phillips reports as the Martians annihilate the surrounding area with a Heat Ray, while CBS News reports they are unable to continue the broadcast after several tense moments of silence.

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(Excerpt from above) - Carl Phillips reports as the Martians annihilate the surrounding area with a Heat Ray, followed by dead air as the transmission ceases.

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(Excerpt from ww22.wav) - CBS News reports their inability to continue broadcasting from Grovers Mill as "difficulty with their field transmission" after the Martians destroy their broadcasting equipment.

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CBS News reports on massacre at Grovers Mill without mentioning "Martians", then N.J. State Militia Brig. Gen. Montgomery Smith declares Martial Law though Central New Jersey.

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After concluding Gen. Smith's broadcast, CBS News reports the "strange creatures" crawled back in their pit and made no efforts to prevent fire control & body recovery efforts.

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CBS News reports the body of Carl Phillips identified in a Trenton Hospital.

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CBS V.P. of Operations Harry McDonald announces the turning over of their broadcasting facilites to the State Militia at Trenton.

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News Announcer breaks to the State Militia Field Headquarters outside Grovers Mill, while Signal Corp Capt. Lancing reports & debunks on the situation developing at the scene of military operations.

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Capt. Lancing reports on the emergence of the Martian Tripod Machine out of their landing pit.

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A different CBS Announcer takes over transmission & makes first broadcast admission of a Martian Invasion.

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CBS Announcer breaks to Washington for speech by the Interior Secretary (originally cast to be President Franklin Roosevelt, as the sound of the voice demonstrates).

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CBS Announcer: "Bulletins too numerous are piling up in the studio here."

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CBS Announcer: "It is feared he was lost in the recent battle."

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CBS Announcer: "Scouting Planes report three Martian Machines visible above treetops.....".

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CBS Announcer: "Their apparent objective is to crush resistance, paralyse communication and disorganize human society."

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CBS Announcer: "A fleet of Army Bombers carrying heavy explosive flying North in pursuit of enemy."

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CBS Announcer breaks to live broadcast from a 22nd Field Artillery Battery in the Watchung Mountains .

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The sound of a gun firing at the Martian Machines (which was actually.....a flushing toilet!).

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Live coverage of Lt. Voight's cockpit transmissions over Bayonne NJ as USAAF Bombers close on six Martain Tripod Machines that discharge poison gas as they rush Northwards.

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Lt. Voight reports the Martian Machines crossing the Passaic River in an Eastward turn towards New York City, observes one "straddling the Pulaski Skyway" while some others destroy a Power Station, then reports the Bomber Group "ready to strike".

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Bomber Group destroyed by Heat Ray as they make a suicide attack on the Martian Machines.

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Bayonne NJ Army Radio Station informs the Bomber Group's home airfield (Langam Field, Virginia) of the destruction of the Group, the destruction of a Martian Machine, and the discharge of poison gas by the Martians, then transmission abruptly ends.

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Newark NJ Radio Station makes Public Service announcement regarding Poison Gas pouring in from adjacent marshlands, then abruptly ends transmission.

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Having had several identifiable Broadcasting Stations cease transmissions, two stations identified by call letters attempt to establish mutual contact when one also abruptly goes off the air.

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Live Rooftop Vigil by CBS News Report atop "Broacasting Building New York City" as the Martians approach, promptly discharge poison smoke and annihilate the population of N.Y.C.

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(Excerpt from above) - Martians arrive at N.Y.C., CBS Reporter announces "Martian Cylinders are falling all over the country....", and the Martians annihilate the population of N.Y.C. with poisonous black smoke.

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(Excerpt from ww52.wav) - The End of New York City.

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In the last broadcast segment of live air dramatization, the lone Radio Station 2X2L attempts vainly to contact anyone on the air.

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At the conclusion of the last broadcast segment of live air dramatization, CBS Radio makes its first public disclaimer by announcing the public has been listening to a dramatization, breaks for an intermission and makes a Network I.D..

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After intermission, the CBS Announcer begins the remainder of the dramatization.

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A clearly shaken Orson Welles explains the demise of the Martians by disease near the end of the dramatization.

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A clearly angry Orson Welles, while staring down New York City Policemen in the studio unbeknownst by the listening public, comments on how people can see further now, rather than believe life doesn't exist elswhere, as a result of the Martian Invasion.

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Immediately after the conclusion of the dramatization, Orson Welles steps out of character and makes a public disclaimer regarding the broadcast.

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The Broadcast conclusion.

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All sound files digitized by J. C. Kaelin, Jr. 1995-1996.





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