Modern entertainment comes in a huge variety of mediums, such as television, video gaming and even futuristic forms such as virtual reality. However, the modern home entertainment scene has its roots in the radio. From as early as the 1910s, radio has been a mainstay of entertainment and news, and one of the most notorious and important steps for radio entertainment was Orson Welles’ controversial broadcast of War of the Worlds.
War of the Worlds, a story describing a Martian attack upon planet Earth, was originally published as a novel by H.G. Wells to a high degree of popularity, prompting a young Orson Welles to produce a radio drama based on the novel for his program The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The broadcast, which took place on Oct. 30, 1938, prompted widespread panic from listeners who believed the story to be actual news, and to this day, the broadcast is looked at as a crucial point in the history of radio, home entertainment, and broadcast in general.