October 30th, 2013 was the seventy-fifth anniversary of the broadcast of “War of the Worlds,” by the Mercury Theater on the Air, an event that fans of classic media savored. In that year, PBS released a new documentary about the production of the show; friends and former colleagues reminisced about working with Orson Welles, John Houseman, and Howard Koch; many terrestrial stations rebroadcast the show, or a new adaptation; and audio dramatists created a special contest to reimagine “War of the Worlds”.
That day was also the first “Audio Drama Day”, the beginning of an annual celebration of audio drama in all its forms: new, old, scary, funny, serious, silly, classic, and modern.
October is the best time of the year to discover, or reintroduce yourself, to the joys, thrills and swoons of audio drama: people in the Northern Hemisphere see the skies darken earlier, and the temperature begins its steady drop. Bundled up in the covers, a warm bed or a comfortable robe, listeners can turn out the lights and imagine themselves somewhere new and exciting. People in the Southern Hemisphere, too, see the shifting of the seasons, and the approach of a new year: a time, perhaps, to tune in the classic old-time adventure of “Escape”, or remind yourself that “We’re Alive,” a survivor of killer zombies.
Whether it’s a podcast of a new storyline, or an old time radio broadcast saved from the past, tune in this autumn – and every autumn – to audio drama.
We hope that you’ll enjoy checking out events around the world, from digital releases to regional stage productions, our articles, trivia, and more. And, if you’re hoping to spot a few Martians… start with the map below, which takes you to the real-life Grovers Mill, New Jersey.