Stimulated by Store Hadji and Larry French's documentation of young Orson Welles' playing Hamlet on Radio, I did some research. [You will find that, even earlier, Welles took the part of Claudius(!) in a 1931 Gate Theater production of the great tragedy.] In the course of the research, I came up with something entirely different, which I post here in response to Linn1's recent appeal for fugitive Welles' radio work, a Civil Defense show: "Tomorrow -- 10-17-56." Though Welles receives no writing credit, the program's themes -- an America unprepared because of our innocence, ignorance and indifference -- reminds one of similar concerns and subjects that Welles returned to throughout his life.
The one hour drama, which I don't see listed in our archive or on Linn1's roster, narrated by Welles, was adapted by Milton Geiger from a work by Phillip Wylie (famous between the Wars for polemical novels about various forms of American cultural blindness), and stars Marshall Thompson and Mona Freeman. The story is "a tale of two cities," rather like Welles' 1938 "War of the Worlds," and Welles, in very fine voice, drops in throughout the action to make both affectionate and wry comments on our lack of preparation for catastrophe.
The script contains a number of not-so-subtle references to the 1938 Mercury Theater program -- i.e. the hero, home on leave, meets the heroine and playfully wonders if she has been on Mars.
The show is not great drama, it is obvious propaganda, but it is pretty close to being great Radio. You may find the program here:
http://www.archive.org/details/otr_civi ... rsonwelles
At the end Phillip Wylie remarks (rather enigmatically, I thought) that we have ten years to become prepared for an attack. Some auditors, reviewing the show, reflected that nearly 50 years later, we were not prepared, are still not prepared, in even the most rudimentary fashion.
I suppose Welles would say that the nemesis we face, which we may think of as "Martian," is really ourselves.