War of the Worlds (radio 2001)

War of the Worlds (radio 2001)

“War of the Worlds” is a radio program from the American radio anthology series Radio Tales. The anthology series adapted classic works of American and world literature for the radio. The series was a recipient of numerous awards, including four Gracie Allen Awards from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television (in 2004, [ [http://www.awrt.org/press-releases/2004/Press_Release_%20Announce_Winners.pdf "AWRT Press Release"] AWRT.org. Accessed March 21, 2008.] 2003, [ [http://www.npr.org/about/press/030402.gracie.html "NPR Productions Win Gracie Allen Awards"] NPR.org. Accessed March 21, 2008.] 2001, [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20011126020253/www.awrt.org/awards/2000GracieWinners.html "2001 Gracie Allen Award Winners"] AWRT.org, as indexed by the Internet Archive at Archive.org. Accessed March 21, 2008.] and 1998), a New York Festivals WorldMedal, [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20050207122048/http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/res/pdf/2004RPwinners.pdf "2004 Winners, Radio Programming and Promotion, New York Festivals"] NewYorkFestivals.com, as indexed by the Internet Archive at Archive.org. Accessed March 21, 2008.] and a Golden Reel Merit Award. [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20010802161539/www.nfcb.org/2001reelsinfo.html "NFCB Announces 2001 Golden Reel Award Winners"] NFCB.org, as indexed by the Internet Archive at Archive.org. Accessed March 21, 2008.] The "War of the Worlds" program from the Radio Tales series was an adaptation of the classic novel by H. G. Wells.

Broadcast History

The Radio Tales production of “War of the Worlds” was first broadcast via National Public Radio on June 19th, 2001 [National Public Radio: "NPR Quarterly Edition Spring 2001". NPR Marketing, Vol. VII, No. II] . The program encompassed two half-hour installments that were distributed to NPR member stations as part of the NPR Playhouse cultural series. Since November 28th, 2002, the entire Radio Tales series has aired in reruns on the Sonic Theater channel (163) of the XM Satellite Radio service [ [http://www.xmradio.com/onxm/features/sonictheater.xmc "Sonic Theater"] XMRadio.com. Accessed May 22, 2008.] . The “War of the Worlds” program debuted on XM Satellite Radio on February 8, 2003.

Production Information

The program was produced and script edited by series producer Winnie Waldron, who also served as the on-air host [ [http://www.winifredphillips.com/wp_bio.html "Winifred Phillips Official Site: Biography"] Winifredphillips.com. Accessed May 19, 2008.] . Composer Winifred Phillips created over fifty-six minutes of music for the program, and also performed as the featured actress [ [http://www.mninter.net/~jstearns/nprPH.html#top "NPR Playhouse - January - March, 2001"] MNinter.net. Accessed March 21, 2008.] . “War of the Worlds” was part of the sixth year of Radio Tales on NPR Playhouse [National Public Radio: "NPR Quarterly Edition Spring 2001". NPR Marketing, Vol. VII, No. II] .


The Radio Tales production of “War of the Worlds” was published on audiocassette by Durkin Hayes Publishing Ltd in 1999 (ISBN 0886469961). Since that time, the program has been available in numerous formats and venues, including burn-on-demand CDs manufactured and distributed by MP3.com [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20031129193548/artists.mp3s.com/artists/33/npr_radio_tales.html "MP3.com: Radio Tales"] MP3.com, as indexed by the Internet Archive at Archive.org. Accessed July 15, 2008.] and Ampcast.com [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20060212003627/http://www.ampcast.com/music/25229/artist.php "Ampcast.com: Radio Tales"] Ampcast.com, as indexed by the Internet Archive at Archive.org. Accessed July 15, 2008.] .

Opening narration

Plot Summary

Falling stars have arrested the attention of the world; metal cylinders are falling to earth from Mars on a nightly basis. The unnamed narrator hurries to a nearby site where a large crowd has gathered around a newly fallen cylinder. The narrator catches a glimpse of a tentacled alien life form briefly, before witnessing the mass execution of the entire crowd by an unknown energy weapon. Barely escaping, the narrator borrows a horse and flees through a worsening storm, only to discover that the lightning flashes are actually sparks flying from huge Martian war machines. Stunned, the narrator returns to town for provisions and sets off to leave the country, only to encounter a crowd of fugitives along a riverbank. The military has gathered there to bombard alien war machines with cannon-fire. The narrator exhorts the crowd to duck beneath the water for survival just as the Martian machines begin firing on the crowd. Widespread death follows, and the narrator narrowly avoids being crushed by the feet of the alien machines. Later, the narrator discovers a pit filled with the rotting remains of dead aliens who have succumbed to the native disease bacteria of Earth, for which the aliens had no immunity. The Martian invasion ends as suddenly as it began.


External Links

* [http://www.radiotales.com/ The Official Radio Tales® Web Site]
* [http://www.audioville.co.uk/store/view_productcategory.php?Id=59 Radio Tales® Full Catalog on AudioVille]
* [http://www.xmradio.com/onxm/channelpage.xmc?ch=163 XM Satellite Radio's Sonic Theater Channel]

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