This is the full length 1938 Halloween special radio broadcast by Orson
Welles and the Mercury Radio Theater on Oct. 30, 1938 that caused panic
The breaking news format where a reporter interrupted the regular programming
at intervals until taking over the airwaves with the panic and confusion of
a Martian invasion proved to be incredibly realistic. So realistic, a reported
1 million listeners actually believed an invasion was occurring. At the
conclusion of the broadcast, the police stormed the broadcast booth,
confiscated scripts and interviewed the players.
Included is the script and various newspaper accounts with an image from
the New York Times.