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Oct 31, 2013 12:21 AM by KPAX News Staff

Montana Public Radio re-enacts "War of the Worlds"

MISSOULA - Montana Public Radio listeners heard an 'other-worldly' broadcast on Wednesday as 75 years after it caused panic over an alien invasion, MTPR reprised Orson Welles' famed 'War of the Worlds'.

As for the talent? Public radio listeners might have thought it was real news this time too. Some of the stations most well-known voices made up the cast.

For about two weeks they have been rehearsing the same script from the 1938 show and for the show's director - Ray Ekness - the production combines two great passions, radio and science fiction.

Ekness was so taken with War of the Worlds that he wrote an adaptation set in Western Montana. Montana Public Radio aired his version after the original.

"And so, instead of a farm in Grover's Mill, New Jersey, the spacecraft crashes on Mt. Sentinel. So it was kind of fun and we play it real tongue-in-cheek. We just hope everyone has a great time listening," said Ekness.

Fans could also watch the performance via webcam.

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