FROM WELLESNET FACEBOOK:
Radio host and Wellesnet fan Gil Moon alerted me to this incredible radio show from October 21, 1945, in which Orson Welles goes to the Moon!
REQUEST PERFORMANCE ~ October 21, 1945
Director: William M. Robson ~ Music by Leith Stevens
ORSON WELLES in A ROCKET TRIP TO THE MOON
http://ia600409.us.archive.org/5/items/ ... Mercer.mp3
~Dedicated to Wernher von Braun born March 23, 1912~
That faint star out there is the sun!
Shining all the way around the Universe.
That proves it...
Space is curved!
The Universe is round!
Go and tell this to the children of the Earth:
The Milky Way is their front lawn
The Pole star is the lamp post of their back window
There is more than a world to explore now
There's a Universe!
This vintage ad and description for the show comes from the DIGITAL DELI, which features an extensive list of Orson Welles radio shows:
http://www.digitaldeliftp.com/DigitalDe ... mance.html
The Mason City Globe Gazette
ORSON WELLES, who several years ago, had most of the population of the Atlantic Seaboard trembling with fright when he staged his famous "Men from Mars" broadcast, is at it again. Next Sunday evening, at 8 p. m. over KGLO-CBS, he will take radio listeners on a rocket trip to the Moon—and he wants it distinctly understood he means Moon, not Mars. Welles will make this trip as one of the high spots of the, Masquers Club—Campbell Soups new type radio program, "Request Performance," the program that is built solely from the requests of radio listeners a l l over America.
Another feature of the program will be thepresentation of.the play, "The Three Rover Boys Down East, or Rescue on the River." Starring in this play will be Orson Welles, Eddie Bracken.'and Johnny Mercer as the three Rover Boys, and Virginia O'Brien, film star, as one of their sweethearts.
Among the other features of the show will be a unique bit of business in which Eddie Bracken manages to put on the air the sound of a man winning the jackpot oa a slot-machine. Johnny Mercer will sing his own song, "The Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe and Virginia O'Brien sings "The Wild, Wild West, both from MGM's musical “The Harvey Girls.”