The War of the Worlds

As part of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, "The War of the Worlds" was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938 and aired over the CBS radio network. Orson Wells solidified his abilities as a dramatist by narrating the first two thirds of the one-hour broadcast as a series of simulated news bulletins, suggesting an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. In the days following the adaptation, there was widespread outrage in the media. The program's news-bulletin format was described as deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast and calls for regulation by the FCC.