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  War of the Worlds 75th Anniversary Special

Wednesday October 30 at 8:30PM
War of the Worlds 75th Anniversary Special

KFJC presents a newly discovered original broadcast transcription of the Mercury Theatre production of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds on the 75th anniversary of the landmark radio broadcast. Host J.E. Dick will be joined by collector Randy Riddle.

Collector and blogger Randy Riddle, who brought the discs to light, will discuss the find, the format, collecting transcription discs (he's donated over 200 to Duke University) and the unusual shows he's posted to his blog, Rand's Esoteric OTR (old time radio), perhaps the audio equivalent of pre-code movies and the 16mm entertainment shown at KFJC's Psychotronix Film Festivals.

Also on the program: Wellles meets Wells, the only recorded meeting of Orson Welles and H.G. Wells.

This recording was one of three struck "live" during the War of the Worlds broadcast: one for CBS, one for Orson Welles, and one for associate producer Paul Stewart. It is this version recorded for Stewart that we will be presenting.

In truth, the differences between this recording, made on 12 16" sides, and the version everyone is familiar with, are not major: mostly the restoration of dialog lines truncated in the familiar version. But, says host Dick, "It's a grand time to hear this yarn, and Randy is an avid collector. As are we all, those of us at KFJC, and those listening. I think listeners will get a kick out of The War of the Worlds, and some stories about collecting and audio they haven't already heard."


 

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