Who is the Voice Behind the Lone Ranger Radio and TV Show?
No doubt you remember the iconic words, "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear." Have you ever wondered who was behind those the golden pipes and mighty "Hi-Yo, Silver"?
His name was Fred Foy. During World War II, Sergeant Fred Foy was the signature American voice on Egyptian State Broadcasting, announcing news and special programming to Allied Forces in Cairo.
Following the war, he returned to WXYZ in Detroit. Ultimately, on July 2nd, 1948, he took over the job of announcing and narrating the radio production of "The Lone Ranger."
Later, in 1955, he would narrate the opening for "The Lone Ranger" television series. During its network run, the narration was done by Gerald Mohr, but when the show went to syndication, Foy took over narrator credits.
In March of 2000, Foy was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. According to radio historian Jim Harmon, Fred Foy was "the announcer, perhaps the greatest announcer-narrator in the history of radio drama." Many radio historians concur that Foy's version of the Lone Ranger introduction is the most recognized opening in the history of American radio.
Will Foy reprise his announcer role in the new Lone Ranger movie? Sorry, but no. Fred Foy passed away at the age of 89 on December 22, 2010.