Byline: JENNIFER BARRS
TAMPA - Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Glenn Beck, whose program airs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays on WFLA, 970 AM, will re-enact the hourlong "War of the Worlds" at 8 tonight.
The performance, remaining faithful to the original script performed by Orson Welles on Oct. 31, 1938, will originate from XM Satellite Radio studios in Washington. Listeners can tune in to 970 AM for the broadcast, or go to XM satellite Channel 166, also known as Buzz XM.
A 15-piece orchestra and a dozen actors will be incorporated into Beck's commercial-free broadcast.
Arguably the most famous radio program ever aired, Welles captivated the nation - and set off considerable panic - with his dramatization of H.G. Wells' late 19th century fantasy. Thousands of listeners mistook the program for news reports of an actual extraterrestrial invasion, complete with meteors falling in New Jersey and Martians killing humans with death rays. Terrified New Jersey and New York residents reportedly abandoned their homes, fearing for their lives.
The Welles original will precede the Beck performance at 6 p.m. on XM satellite radio Channel 164. AI: IT: Premiere Radio Network
Glenn Beck, whose radio program airs weekday mornings, will re-create the 1938 "War of the Worlds" broadcast tonight at 8 on WFLA, 970 AM.