Students prepare for alien invasion

By Derek Peterson
Guest Writer

October 18, 2012

Photo courtesy of Kyra Smith-Cullen.
Above: William Leaman, left, and Sean Dougherty, right, discuss the ‘War of the Worlds’ in the radio studio. Both Leaman and Dougherty are freshmen majoring in Communication.

Lock Haven University’s Radio Club will be broadcasting a unique remake of the historical ‘War of the Worlds’ program on October 27 at 9 PM.

The production is spearheaded by William “Bill Thrill” Leaman, a freshman who disc jockeys for the Radio Club while he majors in communication.

“I was trying to think of what to do for a Halloween radio special. I remembered Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ and all the remakes made afterward. I thought that I should do one of my own,” said Leaman.

“I think it is cool that we’re bringing the story back to one of it’s first mediums, and just in time for Halloween,” said Sean Dougherty, a freshman who is majoring in communication. Dougherty is one of the performers in the radio show.

Since its first broadcast in 1938, Orson Welles’ narration of H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic ‘The War of the Worlds’ has been a staple for radio stations across the nation around Halloween time year after year.

The original broadcast told the story through a series of news flashes; listeners who tuned in late heard what they thought to be actual events and they flew into a panic. People fled their homes and readied themselves for an invasion.

The story has been modified so that it will take place in Lock Haven, to make it more familiar to students, and the cast has been changed to suit those who are participating in the broadcast.

Unfortunately, because of the platform the Radio Club uses to broadcast their programs, only 30 different users can be listening at the same time.

“The best way for people to tune in is to get a group of friends to listen on the same computer,” said Leaman.

To tune in, students should go to the University’s website and find the Radio Club’s page. Once there, people can click the link that says “Listen to Radio” and that will enable them to listen to the broadcast over iTunes.

“Students should tune in because it is a throwback to the entertainment of the past,” said Justine English, a senior theatre major who is part of the production. “I think it will help them appreciate the technology we have today.”



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