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May 24

This Sunday, part 2, the conclusion to ORSEN THE ALIEN, the untold story behind THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. 

When Orsen Welles hoax radio broadcast of the The War of the Worlds was being broadcast in 1938, two things were also happening.

1 – A shop was being robbed.

2 – In space, real aliens were picking up signals of what they thought were news broadcast of an alien invasion on an unfamiliar planet called Earth.

Should they interfere and save the Earthlings from the Martian invaders ?

In this second half see what happens when revenge is sought on Orsen Welles for fooling them with his hoax broadcast.



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Sunday’s at 5 pm to 6 pm Paul Greaves presents YESTERDAYS TOMORROWS. A program featuring radio plays since 2008.



  Come for a journey into old time and some not so old radio plays, often with an emphasis on science fiction.  Plays  that captured imaginations and evoked a sense of wonder seldom experienced in today’s media.

You will be entertained and amused to see what authors and playwrights once imagined the future might hold for the human race.

There were American SF plays in the 1930s and 1940s but the first so called adult series: ‘2000 Plus’, ‘Dimension X’ and ‘X Minus One’ were in the 1950s. You can also hear some great British dramatizations such as James Follett’s EARTH SEARCH from the 1980s and the last radio show to have a bigger audience than TV,  JOURNEY INTO SPACE.   Also some interesting Australian radio plays such as COUNTDOWN staring Leonard Teale and Ruth Cracknell, a serialised story called THE BLACK CLOUD, Neville Shute’s ON THE BEACH and an Australian radio version of the classic SF movie FORBIDDEN PLANET.

And of course America’s 1938 Orson Welles presentation of H G Well’s THE WAR OF THE WORLDS that sounded like a real news broadcast and caused some Americans, who were already in fear of an eminent 2nd world war to panic.

There were several other attempts to frighten the American public using THE WAR OF THE WORLDS as a blue print. I have most of those too.

Other series heard on Ys-Ts are TWILIGHT ZONE,  INNER SANCTUM,  MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER, VANISHING POINT, ALIEN WORLDS,  BEYOND TOMORROW, LUX RADIO THEATRE, EXPLORING TOMORROW, IMAGINATION THEATRE, SUSPENCE, AUTHOR’S PLAYHOUSE and some, one of, plays from stories written by authors like Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke, John Wyndham, Jules Verne, Mark Twain, Robert Heinlein and others.

This is unique entertainment in today’s radio environment so sit back, turn down the lights, turn up your imagination and enjoy listening to YESTERDAYS TOMORROWS every Sunday at 5pm.


If you have a comment or question about any of the plays or music you hear on Yesterdays Tomorrows please feel free to send an email at Coast FM 963.

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