War of the Worlds....in Boston.
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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