A black and white illustration of three different radios. One sits on a floor on the left, a smaller one sits on a shelf, and another sits on a table on the right.

We Interrupt This Program

Episode #200

2022-11-04 05:00:48


On a Saturday night, in February 1949, the music programming on one of the most popular radio stations in Quito, Ecuador, was interrupted with an urgent news bulletin: strange objects in the sky that looked like large disks with bright lights were using a powerful ray to destroy a nearby city. And they were heading right for Quito.

Thanks to Lisette Arévalo for sharing her tape and her reporting. In 2020, she reported this story for the Spanish-language podcast Radio Ambulante – it’s called “The Extraterrestrials.”