A Great Voice Silenced: Fred Foy, Lone Ranger Announcer

From our friend Terry Salomonson comes this sad news:

~ December 22, 2010 ~

Fred Foy died this morning at his home in Woburn, MA, at the age of 89.

Best known for his narration of The Lone Ranger, radio historian Jim Harmon described Foy as “the announcer, perhaps the greatest announcer-narrator in the history of radio drama.” His stentorian delivery of the program’s lead-in thrilled his audience for years and helped the program achieve even greater popularity and status. Most radio historians agree that Foy’s Lone Ranger introduction is the most recognized opening in American radio:

Hi-Yo, Silver! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty “Hi-Yo Silver”… The Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early Western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come the thundering hoof-beats of the great horse Silver. The Lone Ranger rides again!

Fred Foy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances B. Foy; three children including Nancy Foy, VP Feature Casting, 20th Century Fox; Wendy Foy Griffis; and Fritz Foy, SRVP Digital Publishing, Macmillan; sons-in-law actor Joe d’Angerio; Dan Griffis; daughter-in-law Laurie Hriszko Foy; and three grandchildren, Justin Cutietta, Hannah d’Angerio, and Nathaniel Foy.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the USO in honor of Mr. Foy’s military service in WW II.

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