Just came across this link to a radio show Welles narrated in 1956 by Philip Wylie called Tomorrow! Interesting in that it came only three years after the George Pal produced "When Worlds Collide" also by Philip Wylie.
Needless to say, Welles narration towards the end of this show, describing the horrors of nuclear Armageddon is quite stunning.
Original broadcast date: October 17, 1956
Based on a novel by Philip Wylie
New York: Rinehart, 1954
http://www.podango.com/podcast_episode/ ... les101756#
OW: There it was! ...The Atom is on the way!
It came slanting down towards him. The long, slim, steely, monstrous dart! Cannonading down the sky to TARGET ZERO!
There it is.
LIGHT! Unimaginable blaze filling the sky! Shadows, fearsome, strident, hellish, LIGHT! Universes exploded. Fire stars and collisions, blinding super solar light!
Corley Borden vanished. A gas, incandescence, with a universal incandescent that melted the skyscrapers. Dissolved their steel bones, plummeted their stone carcasses to the buckling streets...
Beyond the land was in convulsion. Surging with heat and twisted avalanches of glass. At zero, was zero... nothing!
Then comes the news:
...THE PRESIDENT IS DEAD!