Farewell, Fred Foy, announcer for The Lone Ranger

We are saddened today by the loss of Fred Foy, best known for voicing the most memorable introduction lines from the Golden Age of Radio, The Lone Ranger.

“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!”

Foy’s broadcasting career began in Detroit, shortly after graduating from high school, on WMBC and WXYZ. His budding career, like so many others, was interrupted by WWII. Sergeant Fred Foy became the American voice Egyptian State Radio, delivering news and special programs to Allied troops in Cairo. For Stars and Stripes he did “the American News Letter”, a weekly summary of news from home, plus sports flashes and items from the other war theaters. He also announced “Headline News of the Day” in Cairo Cinemas and helped to stage and announce USO Programs, including Jack Benny’s broadcast from Cairo to New York and a concert by Andre Kostelanetz and Lily Pons. He received top honors from Washington for hisChristmas Radio Show “Christmas Overseas” broadcast from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

After the war Foy returned to WXYZ. He became the announcer for The Lone Rangeron July 2, 1948, and held the job through the last lie broadcast on Sept 3, 1954. Radio historian Jim Harmon said of Foy’s introduction: it “made many people forget there were others before him… He pronounced words like no one else ever had- ‘SIL-ver,’ ‘hiss-TOR-ee.’ But hearing him, you realized everyone else had been wrong.” Foy’s enthusiasm for the intro was infectious. His daughter remembers, “Dad would do the intro at the drop of a hat…He loved it.”

Foy reprised the intro for television, and would go on to spend five years with ABC as The Dick Cavett Show‘s Announcer and on-camera commercial spokesman. In March 2000 Fred Foy was inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Golden Boot by the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Aug, 2004.

In Aug, 2000, Foy reprised his “Return with us now…” The Lone Ranger Introduction live at the Hollywood Bowl with conductor John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Foy passed away of natural causes at his home in Woburn, Mass. He was 89 years old. Fred Foy is survived by Frances Foy, his wife of 63 years, three children and three grandchildren.

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