XM to Host Live 'War of the Worlds' Re-Enactment With Glenn Beck on Oct. 30.
Reviving a watershed event in American radio, nationally syndicated talk show host Glenn Beck will re- enact "War of the Worlds" on Oct. 30, live from 8-9 p.m. ET. The broadcast will originate from XM Satellite Radio's world-class live performance studio in Washington DC and will be heard on Buzz XM (XM channel 166) as well as Beck's 100 radio affiliates.
Premiere Radio Networks is producing the performance, which will remain faithful to the original script performed by Orson Welles in 1938. The program, featuring a dozen actors, a 15-piece orchestra, and Foley effects, will air without commercial interruption. The live Beck broadcast will follow two recorded versions of "War of the Worlds," also presented on XM without commercial interruption. The Welles original, arguably the most famous radio program ever aired, will run from 6-7 p.m. ET on Radio Classics (XM channel 164). An LA Theaterworks version performed by cast members of the original "Star Trek" TV series will run from 7-8 p.m. ET on Sonic Theater (XM channel 163).
"We're thrilled to help bring back a watershed event in radio and a vital moment in American culture," said XM Vice President Steve Harris. "XM's world-class performance studio was built to make just this kind of event possible."
Glenn Beck stated, "We looked all over the country for a studio that could not only accommodate the size of our cast and crew, but also had the technical capabilities to recreate something 64 years old with the cutting edge capabilities of tomorrow. XM quickly became the obvious choice."
On Oct. 31, 1938, actor and producer Orson Welles captivated the nation, and set off widespread panic, with a dramatization of H.G. Wells' late-19th Century fantasy. Thousands of listeners across the nation mistook the broadcast for news reports of an actual Martian invasion that detailed meteor landings in New Jersey and aliens killing Earthlings with death-rays. Many New Jersey and New York residents abandoned their homes or massed to combat the Martians.
XM's 1,500-square-foot live performance studio, used by dozens of top artists since its debut in May, can accommodate 50 people or a 40-piece orchestra. The world-class studio combines glass, metal, ceramic, wood, Fiberglas and other components, all spaced and angled according to precise mathematical calculations, to diffuse and absorb signals to produce the studio's warm signature sound.
The Glenn Beck Program is a three-hour radio talk show nationally syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. It airs on 100 stations weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Beck inspires listener emotion as he shares his truth on any given subject from religion and politics to current events and produced comedic bits.
XM is the fastest-selling audio product in the last 20 years, with 201,500 subscribers as of Sept. 30. General Motors recently began selling factory-installed XM radios across 25 different 2003 models including household brand names such as Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile and Pontiac. Honda offers XM in the Honda Accord, Honda Pilot and Acura MDX. Isuzu dealers offer XM radios to buyers of their Axiom and Rodeo models. XM will be available as an option on future Audi and Volkswagen models. XM radios are available at major electronics retailers nationwide. Leading manufacturers such as Sony, Alpine, Pioneer and Audiovox offer a broad array of XM radios that easily enable any existing car stereo system.
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