Fred Foy, famous for Lone Ranger intro, dies at 89


Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) - Fred Foy, the announcer best known for his passionate lead-in to "The Lone Ranger," has died at his Massachusetts home.

His daughter says he died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 89.

Nancy Foy says her father landed the job as the announcer on "The Lone Ranger" radio program in 1948. Radio historian Jim Harmon says Foy's introduction and narration was so good it "made many people forget there were others before him."

Foy's son, Fritz, says the signature opening, "Hi-Yo, Silver!" was done by an actor for the radio, but his father boomed it out for the TV series along with the rest of the famous introduction.

Nancy Foy says that to the end of his life, her father never tired of repeating the intro to anyone who would ask. Fred Foy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances, and their three children.

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