Lone Ranger announcer Fred Foy dies

Dec. 24, 2010 at 1:58 PM
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WOBURN, Mass., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Fred Foy, the announcer known for his dramatic introduction on the radio and TV series "The Lone Ranger," died at his Massachusetts home, his daughter said.

He was 89.

Nancy Foy confirmed Foy died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in Woburn, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Starting in the late 1940s, moving into television a decade later, Foy, over the strains of the "William Tell Overture," would intone the memorable line, "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty hi-yo, Silver!"

"We had no idea we were creating something that would become an American icon," Foy told the New York Daily News in 2003. "We knew it was good, but it was a job. You came in at 3, you checked the script, you did the rehearsal, you made sure the production elements were in place, you went on the air."

Foy was also the announcer on radio for "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon," and "The Green Hornet." When he was an ABC television staff announcer, his duties included "The Dick Cavett Show."

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