Radio: Who's Blacklisted?

In June, Radio Veteran William Sweets, 53, for the past six years director of Gangbusters and Counter-Spy, resigned from both shows. Last week, in his first public statement, he gave his reasons: "I was told that pressure—a campaign of letter-writing complaining of my political views —had led the advertising agencies and sponsors [Pepsi-Cola and General Foods] to decide to renew their contracts only if someone else directed the shows."

Sweets declared that he was the victim of a radio blacklist initiated by Counterattack, a weekly newsletter offering "facts to combat Communism." Counterattack's managing...

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