‘Hi-Yo, Silver’–Fred Foy, Announcer for ‘The Lone Ranger’ on Radio and TV, Dies at 89

December 23, 2010  •  Post A Comment

His voice is familiar to millions of Americans who grew up first listening to "The Lone Ranger" on radio and then watching it on television: Fred Foy, whose voice called out, "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver!" has died, The New York Times reports. He was 89.

Foy died Wednesday at his home in Woburn, Mass., of natural causes, according to his daughter, Nancy Foy, the article notes. While Foy wasn’t the only announcer for the program, he was the last and best known, according to The Times. He joined the show in the late 1940s, when the show was still on radio, and remained on the program until the late 1950s, when the television program went off the air.

The article notes that even though "The Lone Ranger" lived on in TV reruns, Foy didn’t receive extra compensation because his work was performed before the era of mandatory residuals.

"We had no idea we were creating something that would become an American icon,” Foy said in a 2003 interview with the Daily News of New York.

On television, Foy’s other work included a stint as staff announcer for ABC in New York, where he worked on "The Dick Cavett Show."

The article notes that Foy played the role of the Lone Ranger just one time, when Brace Beemer, who acted the part on radio, was suffering from laryngitis. “I guess I did all right,” Foy said in 2003, “because we didn’t get any complaints.”

Foy is survived by his wife, whom he married in 1947, two daughters, a son and three grandchildren.

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