When it first went to air it caused mass panic, and whilst 75 years later it didn’t quite have the same effect, on Wednesday night Sydney was treated to one of the great radio experiences of all time when 2SER recreated HG Wells “War of the Worlds”
Whilst 2SER paid homage to the iconic Orson Welles broadcast, they gave it a local twist with a modern adaption of the story. This saw Martians landing in Australia and 2SER reporters updating the struggle via Facebook and Twitter.
2SER Program Director Anthony Dockrill 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 were doing and played along."
War of the Worlds 2013 was adapted by Roderick Chambers and Anthony Dockrill from the original novel and broadcast and produced by Anthony Dockrill for 2SER.
2SER has produced a number of radio dramas this year n conjunction with Woodstock Radio Theatre Company.
If you’d like to hear “War of the Worlds”, it's available now as a podcast from the 2SER website.