“On the Radio,” #flashfiction

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge for September 10, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes something heard on the radio. It can be from any station or era. What is heard? A song, announcement, ad? Think of how radio connects people and places. Go where the prompt leads! Respond by September 15, 2020.

Halloween is coming and I couldn’t resist writing this story after I saw the prompt!

Image by Hans Benn from Pixabay

“Welcome to the Mercury Theatre on Air…” the voice echoed from the radio in the next room.

Rosemary stayed at the sink. She scrubbed hard at a burned spot in the pan. It was her turn to wash the dishes. Meanwhile, her brother and parents relaxed at the table, sipping coffee after dinner.

“…An unusual object has fallen on a farm in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey…” The radio sputtered with static.

Grover’s Mill? That’s where I live! Rosemary felt fear.

The announcer’s voice declared, “…It’s the War of the Worlds. Is there anybody out there?”

The radio went silent.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

The “War of the Worlds” was performed and broadcast live as a Halloween episode at 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, 1938, over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. (Wikipedia.com)

TUNE IN to the actual broadcast HERE!

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37 thoughts on ““On the Radio,” #flashfiction

  1. The War of the Worlds broadcast was the first thing I thought of when I read this week’s prompt! I love how you introduced a grander plot juxtaposed against the mundane of an irritated girl forced to wash dishes while her parents relaxed.

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      1. I remember reading about it in a textbook in elementary school. They didn’t take any commercial breaks in the middle, so people who weren’t listening from the beginning just thought it was the news. People started packing their cars and evacuating!

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