War of the Worlds....in Boston.

Donna Halper dlh@donnahalper.com
Mon Jun 2 14:27:10 EDT 2014

On 6/2/2014 1:44 PM, Don wrote:
> Just finnaly got around to wathcing the PBS American Experience 
> program on Orson Welles War of the World broadcast.
> In 1938....who would have carried the CBS program in Boston? (Would it 
> have been WEEI?)

I've done extensive research on this.  The program did NOT air in 
Boston.  (Several newspaper columnists expressed their happiness that it 
hadn't, given what they were told was the problem the program caused in 
other cities.)  Mercury Theater was low-rated, so WEEI (which was the 
affiliate) aired a sponsored program instead.  The "furor" (which later 
turned out to be quite exaggerated) by-passed Boston completely.

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