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Radio spoof causes 'alien invasion' panic

September 5, 2013 | Comment icon 31 comments



The station later apologized for the spoof. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Curtis Kennington
A radio station got more than it bargained for when a promotional invasion spoof got out of control.
To help promote a planned change to their schedule, Alabama radio station Star 94.9 decided it would be a good idea to air a warning that extraterrestrials were invading the Earth. Incredibly, a significant number of its listeners ended up taking the report seriously, leading to a bizarre series of events that mirrored a similar incident in 1938 when a radio rendition of HG Wells' War of the Worlds was mistaken for a genuine invasion.
Residents across the town of Tuscumbia in Alabama started to make frantic calls to the radio station and to local authorities in fear that the end of the world was at hand. As the situation escalated events took an even more sinister turn in the form of a bomb threat at a local school.

"We certainly apologize, but we had no intention to cause any problems or create concerns about schools," said Regional director of Shoals Radio, Brian Rickman. "We are truly taken back by how out of context this has been taken. We could not have foreseen this happening."

Source: Times Daily | Comments (31)


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Comment icon #22 Posted by HollyDolly 9 years ago
Some people are just gullible. I can understand if this was on all the tv stations across the country,but it wasn't. My dad recalled back when the Orson Wells broadcast War the Worlds.They were listening to it for a little while, till grandpa said turn that crap and put something else on. my dad said he never understood what all the fush was about,it was just a radio show.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Hawkin 9 years ago
Some people are just gullible. I can understand if this was on all the tv stations across the country,but it wasn't. My dad recalled back when the Orson Wells broadcast War the Worlds.They were listening to it for a little while, till grandpa said turn that crap and put something else on. my dad said he never understood what all the fush was about,it was just a radio show. My grandpa was also listening the the broadcast back in the day in a General Store in a small town but he didn't think much of it. But my grandmother came in the store later and was terrified what she heard. Grandpa laugh at... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Lava_Lady 9 years ago
What an embarrassing display of stupidity. I don't see why the radio station had to apologize, they didn't really do anything wrong. There are so many ways those people could have check the validity of what they heard. Check the other stations, how could only ONE radio station be reporting such epic news. Check the tv, the internet, go outside and look up! For crying out loud, THINK, QUESTION, USE YOUR BRAIN.
Comment icon #25 Posted by godnodog 9 years ago
Quick save the moonshine
Comment icon #26 Posted by Asadora 9 years ago
Our species is doomed, thanks to our future generation.
Comment icon #27 Posted by fawkes2 9 years ago
It's obviously a school for the mentally challenged. sorry but i find this post distasteful.
Comment icon #28 Posted by SkepticalB 9 years ago
Goddamnit Alabama, just shutup and appreciate that you have Nick Saban
Comment icon #29 Posted by Emeraldgemheart 9 years ago
I don't want to live on this planet anymore. To many stupid people.
Comment icon #30 Posted by spud the mackem 9 years ago
The problem just maybe that for a long time now American/British kids have been subject to all kinds of Alien News,Stories.Films & the Press for a long time, so its like "crying wolf",you have a good laugh until one day some one shouts Its the Aliens they're here,everyone has a laugh until they see an Alien Space ship zapping a city on the news,then they think its a film,and then me dears its TOO LATE.
Comment icon #31 Posted by SkepticalB 9 years ago
If they have the ability to travel past light speed and travel that far in the vaccume of space, we could have 100 years warning and it wouldn't matter. If they show up we're dead already, so its best to go on not worrying about it


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