Friday, January 30, 2009

Hi-Yo Silver!

"A fiery horse at the speed of light! A cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-Yo Silver!' The Lone Ranger!"

America first heard those words on this date back in 1933 when the Legend of the Lone Ranger began on Radio. Created by Fran Striker and first heard on station WXYZ in Detroit Michigan, The Lone Ranger had a historic run that lasted until 1954.

Within a couple of years the show went on the Mutual Broadcasting Network, then the NBC's Blue Network (which became ABC in the early Forties). A few actors portrayed the Ranger until 1941 when Brace Beemer (pictured above) took over the role and played him the longest. John Todd played the Lone Ranger's faithful Indian Companion, Tonto through-out the entire run.

Very popular by the time the show went national, The Lone Ranger went on to conquer Movie Serials, Dime Novels, merchandising...

...Comic Books and a very successful and long running newspaper strip.

Of course there was the long running and popular Television series starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, but it was the Radio show that started it all.

"So return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. The Lone Ranger Rides Again!"

Cue the William Tell Overture.

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