Freedom USA (1952)
Cast: Tyrone Power as United States Senator Dean Edwards
Freedom USA was a syndicated American political melodrama staring film star Tyrone Power
as U.S. Senator Dean Edwards. Freedom USA gave listeners a look at the politics of Washington through fictional stories that included everything from revolutionaries to corrupt
industry officials and communist kidnappers.
Freedom USA was produced by Frederick W. Ziv, who was behind some of the most influential shows in the golden age of radio. Some of the shows produced by Ziv include Manhunt
, Boston Blackie
, The Cisco Kid
, and The Guy Lombardo Show. Ziv mastered the use of a solid formula to revolutionize how the radio business worked, and many of his ideas are still used in television today. Ziv would develop an idea for the show
, recruit top notch talent for both performance and writing, and publicize the program very well. Ziv would also fund the series entirely himself, and then sell it to networks through syndication, allowing each station to add in their own commercials targeted to their area. In this way, Ziv was able to turn radio into a money machine, and influence the business of broadcasting in a very dramatic way.
Actors: Tyrone Power