Sydney radio listeners were coaxed into looking skyward last night as community station Radio 2SER reported an alien invasion in a modern day adaptation of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds last night.
Halloween Eve marked 75 years since the original radio broadcast, based on HG Wells’ novel, and 2SER program director Anthony Dockerill produced and broadcast the show to engage listeners in the drama.
2SER also used its Twitter and Facebook feeds to provide news updates on the latest, such as:
They also tweeted some feedback:
Anthony Dockrill, program director at 2SER, said: “Every radio lover knows the impact of this historic broadcast from the ‘Golden Days of Radio’ and we wanted to pay homage to the 75th anniversary of the broadcast this Halloween eve in a way that would be relevant today. Many of our listeners and social media followers worked out what we are doing and played along.”
Dockerill adapted War of the Worlds 2013 from the original novel and broadcast with Roderick Chambers. The show will be available on podcast from the 2SER website from today.
2SER maintains it is one of several radio dramas produced by the community broadcaster in conjunction with the Woodstock Radio Theatre Company this year.