No one thought a reality-style radio drama would work
I had conceived the idea of doing a radio broadcast in such a manner that a crisis would actually seem to be happening, and would be broadcast in such a dramatized form as to appear to be a real event taking place at that time, rather than a mere radio play.
Everyone working on the radio drama thought it was sillysource: smithsonian.com
Welles made a lot of last-minute changes to the broadcastsource: NEH
The show was good, but listeners didn't think Earth was being invadedsource: Herald Examiner
The nation as a whole continues to face the danger of incomplete, misunderstood news over a medium which has yet to prove … that it is competent to perform the news job.
People were listening, not panickingsource: pinterest.com
Not as many people heard the broadcast as were reportedsource: wikipedia
In the first place, most people didn’t hear it. But those who did hear it, looked at it is as a prank and accepted it that way.
The legend of the broadcast grew over the yearssource: pinterest
What a night. After the broadcast, as I tried to get back to the St. Regis where we were living, I was blocked by an impassioned crowd of news people looking for blood, and the disappointment when they found I wasn't hemorrhaging. It wasn't long after the initial shock that whatever public panic and outrage there was vanished. But, the newspapers for days continued to feign fury.