Hi-Yo, Silver Gone Away
Famed Lone Ranger Announcer Fred Foy Dies at 89
There are some things that we retain as memories that immediately bring fond thoughts of the past. The incredible voice of Fred Foy in the Lone Ranger radio and television series certainly qualifies!
Foy began his career in broadcasting shortly after graduating high school in 1938. World War II might have interrupted his broadcast career, but upon entering the military in 1942, Foy became the American voice on Egyptian State Broadcasting, providing news and special programs to allied forces.
After the war, Foy returned to Detroit and took over the roll of announcer for the Lone Ranger Radio Show. Radio Historian Jim Harmon describes Fred Foy as “the announcer, perhaps the greatest announcer-narrator in the history of radio drama.”
In 1955, Foy took the announcing reigns of the Lone Ranger Television Series. Though he later joined ABC’s Dick Cavett Show as an announcer, and lent his voice to numerous other shows and documentaries, he will always be most famous for his memory making work on the Lone Ranger.
For everyone interested in truly inspiring classic voice work, here is the script he made famous.
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 West. 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!
Thank you Fred for your wonderful contribution to our industry. We extend our best wishes to everyone who knew you!
What classic voices bring back memories for you?
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