Remembering Fred Foy, Voice Of 'The Lone Ranger'

The famous voice of The Lone Ranger — Fred Foy — called "Hi-yo Silver!" in the opening of each program. He was also the announcer for The Green Hornet and Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon. He died Wednesday in his home in Woburn, Mass. at the age of 89.

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NEAL CONAN, host:

We lost one of the most famous voices in radio history yesterday. Fred Foy died at his home in Woburn, Massachusetts, at the age of 89. In the late '40s and early '50s, Foy was the announcer for "The Green Hornet," "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon," and three days a week, "The Lone Ranger." As he told the New York Daily News: We knew it was good, but it was a job. You came in at three. You checked the script. You did the rehearsal. You made sure the production elements were in place, and you went on the air.

(Soundbite of radio show, "The Lone Ranger")

Mr. FRED FOY: (Radio announcer) By special recording, the Lone Ranger.

(Soundbite of music, "The William Tell Overture")

Mr. Unidentified Man: (as The Lone Ranger) Hi-yo, Silver.

(Soundbite of gunfire)

Mr. FOY: A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty hi-yo Silver - the Lone Ranger.

(Soundbite of music, "The William Tell Overture")

CONAN: Fred Foy played the lead role once when the actor who played the Lone Ranger came down with laryngitis. I guess I did all right, he told the Daily News, because we didn't get any complaints.

Tomorrow, it's SCIENCE FRIDAY. Ira Flatow will be here. Have a happy, healthy Christmas, everybody. We'll see you again on Monday.

This is TALK OF THE NATION, from NPR News. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington.

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