A Special Fright Night Broadcast 6:30 p.m. to Midnight!
Pawling Public Radio will broadcast some really spooky stuff on Halloween night. Tune in and enjoy a hair raising reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, as well as Washington Irving’s The Headless Horsemen, both produced by PPR. There will also be a special Theatre Hour rebroadcast of The Mercury Theatre’s original The War of the Worlds, starting at 7:00 p.m. and Bram Stoker’s Dracula at 11:00 p.m. through to the witching hour at midnight.
“The War of the Worlds is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells‘ novel The War of the Worlds (1898),” according to Wikipedia. The Halloween radio production of The War of the Worlds was produced by Orson Wells and John Houseman. Immediately before this airing, PPR will play a special documentary about the making of this 1938 radio broadcast by Joe Bev, who is PPR’s newest content contributor and was the last person to interview Mr. Houseman before his death in 1988.
Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev is primarily known as a radio theater dramatist, who has created thousands of hours of audio. However, his career has taken him into every aspect of show business, including stage, film and television, as a producer, director, writer, actor, and even cartoonist.
So enjoy some wonderful, horror filled, spooky old time radio on PPR this October 31st. The fun begins at 6:30p.m.with Joe Bev’s War of the Worlds documentary followed by a spooktacular evening of fun and entertainment that will continue until the stroke of midnight!!
PPR will also broadcast a series of short Halloween radio plays airing throughout the day beginning October 20th, building up to our Fright Night Extravaganza, so…tune in and be surprised… MUAAH….AHHHH….AHHH!!!