ERIE Pa. - On Halloween night, WQLN will be airing a parody of HG Wells "War of the Worlds."
The broadcast will start out as a typical night on the station, with a night of classical music that will be interrupted by fake news bulletins about an alien invasion from mars. The broadcast will be played by Wally Faas, Dan Sullivan, Phil Fatica and Kim Young. The style will be the same as the original broadcast, including no commercial interruption.
The story will take place at the Dobbins Dance Hall in the Park Laurence Hotel. Much like the radio adaptation, it will change the setting of the book to various places around Erie. The "Martian invaders" will start off by landing and destroying Conneaut Lake Park. The radio dram will then fall more into parody, re-enacting scenes from radio using silly sound effects and acting.
The parody will run for 55.5 minutes, following the events of the radio drama to humorous effect. This will include the alien invasion as WQLN tries to keep the broadcast of the music in check while chaos ensues from Crawford County to Erie County. The humor will conclude at the end of the broadcast with a restate that once again the broadcast is just a parody of "War of the Worlds," done with goofy special effects and clips from "Independence Day."
"War of the Worlds" will air on WQLN 91.3 on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m.