Fred Foy, the announcer for The Lone Ranger radio show, died recently. This obituary excerpt was published in the Boston Globe (click on the excerpt to go to the full article).
More than a thousand times, Fred Foy stepped close to the microphone in a studio at WXYZ radio in Detroit. With the “William Tell Overture’’ playing in the background, he spoke words that resonated for generations: “A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty, ‘Hi! Yo! Silver!’ The Lone Ranger!’’
Along with being the announcer for “The Lone Ranger,’’ he performed the title role just once, on March 29, 1954, when Brace Beemer, the radio actor who played the Lone Ranger, came down with a case of laryngitis. It was only one episode, but for many years, it gave Mr. Foy the distinction of being the last living actor who performed as the Lone Ranger on radio, after Beemer and the other actors who held the role died.