7 episodes

In 1938, a group of talented artists known as The Mercury Theatre on the Air, led by Orson Welles, created a spectacle that changed the course of broadcast history forever by terrifying a nation with a staged alien invasion. This is the story of how the infamous War of the Worlds radio drama came to be and how it almost never was...

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In 1938, a group of talented artists known as The Mercury Theatre on the Air, led by Orson Welles, created a spectacle that changed the course of broadcast history forever by terrifying a nation with a staged alien invasion. This is the story of how the infamous War of the Worlds radio drama came to be and how it almost never was...

    Episode 6: All a Part of the Show

    Episode 6: All a Part of the Show

    Defying the direct orders of Davidson Taylor and CBS, The Mercury Theatre on the Air puts on the greatest Halloween show to ever play on broadcast radio. 
     
    Cast
    Ari Stidham as Orson Welles
    Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols
    Jim Brannigan as John Houseman
    Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor
    Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick
    Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch
    Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart
    Ben Birmingham as Announcer and Various Radio Performers
    Stephanie Langford as Mother, Churchgoer#3, and Reporter #4
    David Dean as Father, Officer #3
    Aubrey Clyburn as Churchgoer #2
    Michael Baran as Pastor and Sargent
    Jarrad Green as Various Radio Performers, Officer #2, Reporter #1
    Chris Boike as Officer #1
    Allegra Rodriguez Shivers as Officer #4 and Reporter #3

    Produced by:
    Casey Hammons
    Daniel Patton
    Jordan Stidham
    S. Christian Roe
     
    Sound Editing by Jason Crowe
     
    Original Compositions by JD O’Dea
     
    Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com
     
    “There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes
    “Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio
    “Etude No 1 For or String Quartet” by Peter Sandberg
    “Piano Concerto 1 in B Flat Minor” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
     
    Featuring Snippets of the actual “War of the Worlds” Broadcast.

    • 26 min
    Episode 5: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

    Episode 5: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

    The pot boils over as Orson attacks John Houseman in front of The Mercury Theatre on the Air, prompting Davidson Taylor to cancel the adaptation of War of the Worlds and substitute it with a rerun of their previous show.
     
    Cast
    Ari Stidham as Orson Welles
    Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols
    Jim Brannigan as John Houseman
    Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor
    Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick
    Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch
    Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart
    Renee Schwartz as Operator
    David Dean as Performer #1
     
    Special Thanks to Alex Aguilar and Marion Arrou-Vignod
     
    Produced by:
    Casey Hammons
    Daniel Patton
    Jordan Stidham
    S. Christian Roe
     
    Sound Editing by Jason Crowe
     
    Original Compositions by JD O’Dea
     
    Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com.
    “There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes
    “Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio
    “I’d Rather Be Alone” by Franz Gordon

    • 22 min
    Episode 4: Look Who’s Still Standing

    Episode 4: Look Who’s Still Standing

    After another all-nighter and a humiliating pitch meeting, Ora confronts Orson in his apartment and demands honesty, integrity, and transparency from here on out; lest the entire show falls apart.
     
    Cast
    Ari Stidham as Orson Welles
    Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols
    Jim Brannigan as John Houseman
    Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor
    Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick
    Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch
    Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart
     
    Produced by:
    Casey Hammons
    Daniel Patton
    Jordan Stidham
    S. Christian Roe
     
    Sound Editing by Jason Crowe
     
    Original Compositions by JD O’Dea
     
    Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com.
    “There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes
    “Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio

    • 24 min
    Episode 3: Tired of War

    Episode 3: Tired of War

    A sleepless night raises tension among the ranks as Davidson Taylor comes calling for a script that isn’t ready; while the impending news of war encroaches the already stressful work and demands of Orson Welles.
     
    Cast
    Ari Stidham as Orson Welles
    Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols
    Jim Brannigan as John Houseman
    Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor
    Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick
    Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch
    Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart
    Joey Dechello as George Zorn
    Chris Boike as the Newscaster
     
    Produced by:
    Casey Hammons
    Daniel Patton
    Jordan Stidham
    S. Christian Roe
     
    Sound Editing by Jason Crowe
     
    Original Compositions by JD O’Dea
     
    Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com.
    “There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes
    “Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio
    “Golden Age Radio” by Golden Age Radio
    “As Time Passes” by Golden Age Radio
    “As Soon as You Entered” by Golden Age Radio

    • 18 min
    Episode 2: Lunches and Dinners

    Episode 2: Lunches and Dinners

    War of the Worlds proves to be a tough nut to crack as John Houseman attempts to juggle the anxiety of the Mercury Theatre on the Air’s key performers and the ego of their leader, Orson Welles, as each grapple with the unadaptable story.  
     
    Cast
    Ari Stidham as Orson Welles
    Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols
    Jim Brannigan as John Houseman
    Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor
    Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick
    Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch
    Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart
    Joey Dechello as George Zorn
    Renee Schwartz as Joan
    Aubrey Clyburn as Hostess, Shakespeare Performer, and Actor
    Stephen Bridgewater as The MC
     
    Produced by:
    Casey Hammons
    Daniel Patton
    Jordan Stidham
    S. Christian Roe
     
    Sound Editing by Jason Crowe
     
    Original Compositions by JD O’Dea
     
    Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com.
    “There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes
    “Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio
    “Magic Awaits” by Howard Harper-Barnes
    “The Last Bar In Chicago” by Nicky Dowling
    “What Now” by Golden Age Radio
    “Brand New Sensations” by Wanda shakes
    “Bebop Cats” by Rossier

    • 21 min
    Episode 1: Something For Children

    Episode 1: Something For Children

    After a hectic Sunday performance, Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air turn to the stars for guidance when it comes to creating an exciting radio play for the Columbia Broadcasting System's upcoming Halloween show.  



    Cast
    Ari Stidham as Orson Welles
    Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols
    Jim Brannigan as John Houseman
    Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor
    Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick
    Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch
    Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart
    Jarrad Green as Tommy
    Adam Cagly as the Taxi Driver



    Produced by:
    Casey Hammons
    Daniel Patton
    Jordan Stidham
    S. Christian Roe



    Sound Editing by Jason Crowe


    Original Compositions by JD O’Dea


    Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com.
    “There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes
    “Etude No. 1 For String Quartet” by Peter Sandberg
    “Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

ktepper ,

Love this

Wildly immersive and so well put together! A really fun narrator that captures you in!

AMK1115 ,

Would give it 5, but

The 5th episode is not playing. I am left hanging. What happened! Please let me hear the 5th episode!! And then the last one!!

Rumple Ship Captain ,

Different Perspective

This was a great podcast, high paced, well acted and very interesting to see the broadcast in the eyes of the people who made it. This was big for all of them and I’m sure a lot happened to get them there. Great job all around and the music was also extraordinary, did a great job in setting the mood and keeping the energy of the scene.

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