This Halloween: ‘War Of The Worlds’ Reimagined!

On October 30, 1938, millions of people were convinced that Mars was invading New Jersey.  What the hell – let’s do it again.

war of the worldsOn October 30, 1938, Orson Welles transfixed the American listening audience with what 1.7 million listeners were absolutely convinced was an invasion of New Jersey by invaders from the planet Mars. To commemorate this remarkable event in broadcasting history, Krypton Radio presents a special broadcast created by New Jersey native Christopher H. Baum, “The Voice in the Darkness”.  He has reinterpreted the H. G. Welles classic story for the modern age.

A technologist, author, and voice talent, Christopher Baum has assembled a cast of 15 actors from across the United States. The story is told from the point of view of a  NASA contractor recounting the events he witnessed as Martians once again invade New Jersey in War of the Worlds.

Seventy five years ago, Orson Welles broadcast “The War of the Worlds”, based on the novel by H.G. Wells published in 1898. The radio play was presented as a series of special reports interrupting what seemed to be regular broadcasts. It’s easy to be dismissive now, but in 1938, radio was the way people got up-to-the-minute news. America was still in the grip of the Great Depression. The Nazis were already on the rise in Europe.  People believed the radio.  And now, the only source of real time information was telling them that American was under attack by creatures from Mars.  It made history, with Orson Welles narrowly averting a law suit due to the mass panic his Mercury Theater of the Air created, but forever redefining the role of modern entertainment and the compelling voice of radio.

War of the Worlds will air on October 31, 2013 on Krypton Radio at 3PM Pacific / 6PM Eastern, and again at 7PM Pacific / 10PM Eastern, and is part of an entire day of Halloween music and special programming.


Christopher H. Baum                      Narrator

Jewel Elizabeth                                 Dr. Carol Woking

Doug Myers                                       Special Agent Steven McKay

Steve Rimpici                                     News Anchor

Marjorie Kouns                                 Natalie Rivera

Kevin Irlen                                          Mr. Winslow

Leah Frederick                                  The Colonel

Tyler Abbott                                       Corporal Padmore

Anthony Aroya                                 Colonel John Lewes

Harry Schuster                                  The Farmer

Scottt Raven                                      The President

J. Christopher Dunn                        General Horowitz

Heidi Tabing                                       Doctor Chu

Mike Lemmerling                             The Lieutenant

Sarah Bisman                                     Announcer

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