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75 years later, listen to Orson Welles' 'The War of the Worlds' radio broadcast


On Oct. 30, 1938, Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater on the Air broadcasted an adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds. Narrated by Welles himself, the broadcast detailed an alien invasion from Mars. The faux news broadcast was complete with news bulletins, special interruptions, and one newscaster claiming he’d seen a spaceship land. But what made the event famous wasn’t the words that were spoken, but rather the fear that they caused.

The broadcast quickly became known for causing panic among many of its listeners, who believed that an actual alien invasion was occurring. And although there has been much debate over how much panic the broadcast actually caused, it remains one of the most well-known radio broadcasts in history.

Now, 75 years later, WNYC’s George Takei is hosting a rebroadcast of the show tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity: Rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated

UPDATE (7/30): Cumulus Media Inc. declines comment on Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity status on its radio network during an investor conference call.

ORIGINAL POST: The second-biggest radio broadcaster in the country is threatening to dump Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, but before you celebrate the demise of conservative-talk’s most polarizing voices or curse the development as some liberal-media conspiracy — depending on your political view — take a deep breath and relax. Nothing is really going to change. For once, Limbaugh and Hannity aren’t engrossed in a political imbroglio. Reports that Cumulus Media is planning to drop the pair from 40 or so of its channels is all about the money, as Cumulus is currently in negotiations with Clear Channel’s Premiere Networks, which syndicates both shows, over distribution rights and licensing fees.

Politico trumpeted the news as a “major shakeup for the radio industry,” but that overstates the impact on Limbaugh and Hannity themselves. “The political guys just love to run with this stuff,” says Michael Harrison, the editor and publisher of Talkers magazine, a trade publication that covers talk-media. “Any time any talk-show host gets into any kind of controversy or has something happen that can be spun into a setback — the ratings go down — it’s blown out of proportion for political purposes.”

The man who invented podcasts: Patent troll or American dream?

Perhaps you listen to Adam Carolla’s popular comedy podcast while you’re working out at the gym. Or maybe you download the NBC Nightly News video podcast each morning before you jump on the commuter train. There are podcasts for every possible interest and endeavor, and they are one of the best bargains in entertainment — most are free. Some are a digital component of huge media companies, like NBC or ESPN. Others are the brainchild and passion of a single person operating out of his garage.

Earlier this year, many of the most popular podcasters received formal legal notices in the mail, informing them they were violating a patent with their podcast. See, a Texas company called Personal Audio claims that they invented podcasts way back in 1996; and they have a U.S. patent to back them up. If this sounds surprising to you, a podcast listener, imagine how the podcasters themselves felt — confused, frightened, and maybe a little angry. “We’re terrified we might have to stop podcasting,” Marc Maron, who hosts the popular WTF comedy podcast, told NPR’s Planet Money podcast last week. “We might have to go broke trying to protect ourselves from this [extortion racket].” READ FULL STORY

Fred Armisen to imitate Ira Glass for an hour on 'This American Life'

Portlandia just exploded into a cloud of artisanal doorknobs and twee glee.

This weekend, This American Life will have a very special guest host: SNL star Fred Armisen, who’s still on his winter vacation (he’ll start work on the sketch series’s first episode of 2013 on Monday).

But Armisen won’t be narrating quirky tales using his own voice. According to the program’s website, the comedian will spend the entire hour doing an impression of someone coyly referred to only as “a public radio personality” — which almost certainly means regular This American Life host Ira Glass. Armisen says that he developed the impersonation for Saturday Night Live, but ultimately decided that “the public radio personality isn’t quite famous enough to be mocked on network TV.” You can, however, get a taste of the impression in this clip from an SNL dress rehearsal in 2011:

If you like Fred Armisen and Ira Glass, this radio show will be the best thing since Moonrise Kingdom. If the whole thing seems way too precious for you, might we suggest looking at these new stills from big-budget blockbuster Catching Fire?

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Following nurse's suicide, Aussie DJs who pranked Kate Middleton at hospital step down


The Australian radio personalities who pretended to be the Queen and pranked the London hospital where a pregnant Kate Middleton was under observation have resigned after the nurse who initially received the phone call was found dead of a suspected suicide. Jacintha Saldanha, the 46-year-old nurse who was duped by the DJs, was found dead on Friday morning.

Weird Idea Jeans: Glenn Beck protests 'socialist' Levi's by selling 'all-American' dungarees

Not sure what to give your crazy uncle this holiday season? Fret no more: Fearless patriot Glenn Beck has come to your rescue. While James Van Der Beek’s BJ-emblazoned “Beek Jeans” were a joke, Beck’s own denim line is very real — and every pair of pants comes imbued with its maker’s signature arch-conservative message.

As Time explains, Beck was inspired after seeing a Levi’s ad that coupled images of young protesters with a voiceover culled from a Charles Bukowski poem. He excoriated the denim company on his radio show in late September, saying that it was promoting a “European socialist” message — “Just for what? Because you just want to sell, because you want the controversy? I don’t think so. You believe it. You say you want your jeans to be the uniform of progress.”

Beck vowed never again to give a “dime” to Levi’s, a company founded by the American immigrant who invented blue jeans — and this week began selling his own patriotic jeans, which are made in North Carolina and Kentucky.  READ FULL STORY

Obama explains his debate performance: 'I was just too polite'

Saturday Night Live blamed altitude sickness and regret at missing out on his wedding anniversary. Jon Stewart blamed his “mouth language.” But President Obama himself has another explanation for his lackluster performance in last Wednesday’s presidential debate: “I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite,” he told a Houston radio host this morning. And the POTUS has no intention of letting that happen again.

The titular host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show was frank with POTUS this morning, bluntly asking him, “What happened at the debate?” Here’s Obama’s full response:


Howard Stern prods Russell Brand about Katy Perry

Russell Brand called in to Howard Stern’s radio show this morning ostensibly to promote Brand X, but Stern was more curious to talk to Brand about his divorce from Katy Perry, which was finalized two days ago.

Much like his appearance on Ellen, Brand seemed determined to take the high road, passing on opportunities to dish on his ex-wife. While the full interview isn’t available online, you can listen to a clip where Brand says, “[Before] we got married, I just thought, ‘I’ve got to marry her, I just love her so much.’ And then we got married and I thought, ‘Okay, this isn’t really working out.’”

MTV reports Brand touched on tabloid rumors that their issues had to do with whether or not to start a family, but didn’t want to give details, saying, “’I don’t want anything to hurt her. She’s younger than me, she’s a young woman and she’s beautiful and she’s sensitive and I care about her deeply.” He also dismissed rumors that her parents (and their religious beliefs) contributed to the end of their relationship. READ FULL STORY

Report: Glenn Beck signs $100 million radio deal

Since Glenn Beck and Fox News parted ways last year, you might be under the impression that his star has receded from the national political conversation — if only because Jon Stewart and his Daily Show writers no longer use him as a daily punching bag. But Beck’s morning radio show remains a force, with ratings up nearly 50 percent from five years ago, and routinely trails only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in listeners.

Today, his company, Mercury Radio Arts, renewed its deal with Clear Channel’s Premium Networks for five more years. Financial details have not been disclosed, but a source close to the parties involved told the New York Times that the deal could be worth up to $100 million for Beck. READ FULL STORY

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