Manage episode 246120251 series 9607
Jump To The Whip (Aired August 31, 1952)
Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. It was produced without assistance from the FBI, which refused to cooperate. I Was a Communist for the FBI consisted of 78 episodes syndicated by the Frederick W. Ziv Company to more than 600 stations, including KNX in Los Angeles, California, with original episodes running from April 23, 1952 to October 14, 1953. THIS EPISODE: August 31, 1952. Program #23. ZIV Syndication. "Jump To The Whip". Commercials added locally. Matt Cvetic is ordered to Chicago to bail out a "Fellow Traveler" in trouble with the law...along with an agent of the M.V.D. Dana Andrews, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 26:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.