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RADIO DRAMA FIRST HEARD ON THIS DAY IN 1938

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George Orson Welles  (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985)


“The War of the Worlds”—Orson Welles’s realistic radio dramatization of a
Martian invasion of Earth—is broadcast on the radio on October 30, 1938.

Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theater company decided
to update H.G. Wells’ 19th-century science fiction novel The War of the
Worlds
for national radio. Despite his age, Welles had been in radio for
several years, most notably as the voice of “The Shadow” in the hit
mystery program of the same name. “War of the Worlds” was not planned
as a radio hoax, and Welles had little idea of the havoc it would cause.

The show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 p.m. A voice announced:
“The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present
Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in ‘War of the Worlds’
by H.G. Wells.”

Sunday evening in 1938 was prime-time in the golden age of radio, and
millions of Americans had their radios turned on. But most of these
Americans were listening to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy
“Charlie McCarthy” on NBC and only turned to CBS at 8:12 p.m. after the
comedy sketch ended and a little-known singer went on. By then, the
story of the Martian invasion was well underway.

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SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1955

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X Minus One
was a half-hour science fiction radio drama series
broadcast
from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in numerous
timeslots on
NBC. The series was never able to generate a
large following.   

The writers of the magazine stories were not well known then
but now are the giants of today. These stories came from the
minds of Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Poul Anderson to
name a few.

 

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A vintage Zenith tube radio from 1955.

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TOM SELLECK IS 72 TODAY

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Thomas William "Tom" Selleck was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Actor Tom Selleck is known to audiences as Magnum PI on CBS (1980-1988) 
and later appeared in the CBS drama series Blue Bloods (2010-present). He
earned a scholarship in business administration at the University of Southern
California after being admitted on a basketball scholarship. Selleck had a
supporting role in Friends as Dr. Richard Burke, a role which earned him a
nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a
Comedy Series.

 

 


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BARBARA HALE HAS DIED AT 94

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Barbara Hale (April 18, 1922 – January 26, 2017)

(AP) – Barbara Hale, a movie actress who found her most
famous role on television as steadfast secretary Della
Street in the long-running CBS series "Perry Mason" 
(1957 – 1966) has died.

Hale was surrounded by family when she died Thursday
at her Los Angeles area home, said Jaqueline Stander,
an agent for Hale’s son, actor William Katt ("The Greatest
American Hero," ”Carrie").

"She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be
with," Katt posted on his Facebook page Thursday, calling
Hale a wonderful actress and a "treasure as a friend and
mother." Hale reportedly died of complications from chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease
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REVIEWING PAST NEWS EVENTS

today in history

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SANDY KOZEL

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Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973)

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Original series on NBC: January 22, 1968 – March 12, 1973

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