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Radio is the technology of signalling and communicating using radio waves. This article is concerned with radio broadcasting as a means of transmission of audio to radio receivers belonging to a public audience.

War of the Worlds - 1938

Mack White is of the opinion that Orson Welles radio adaptation of War of the Worlds in 1938 was a psychological warfare experiment:[1]

"[...] an estimated one million people believed the world was actually under attack by Martians. Of that number, thousands succumbed to outright panic, not waiting to hear Welles' explanation at the end of the program that it had all been a Halloween prank, but fleeing into the night to escape the alien invaders.

Later, psychologist Hadley Cantril conducted a study of the effects of the broadcast and published his findings in a book, The Invasion from Mars: A Study in the Psychology of Panic. This study explored the power of broadcast media, particularly as it relates to the suggestibility of human beings under the influence of fear."

In later years, Welles began to claim that he really was hiding his delight that Halloween morning. The Mercury, he said in multiple interviews, had always hoped to fool some of their listeners, in order to teach them a lesson about not believing whatever they heard over the radio.[2]

Talk shows

Full article: Talk shows



Page nameDescription
BBC/Radio 4
Radio SawaPart of the overt US propaganda apparatus.
TalkradioNational talk radio and TV station in the United Kingdom owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.


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