Fred Foy

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In his over two-hour Archive interview, Fred Foy (1921-2010) talks about his first work in broadcasting at the 250-watt radio station WMBC, where he worked for on-the-job experience. He talks about his start at Detroit station WXYZ, interrupted by his service during World War II, and his return to the station following his service. He gives a description of his years during the war, working in Cairo, Egypt as the "American" announcer on the all-British announcing staff there, and how he came to participate in a radio broadcast opposite Jack Benny. He speaks in great detail about his long tenure as narrator for the legendary WXYZ radio show "The Lone Ranger." For "The Lone Ranger" he describes a typical work-week on the series and gives his impressions of Brace Beemer (who played the Ranger) and others in the cast. Foy performs the famous opening narration ("A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver….") and recounts the story of how, for one broadcast, he subbed for Brace Beemer, who had laryngitis. Foy then talks about The Lone Ranger's transition to television: noting actors who moved from the radio to the television show, describing the back story of the "Lone Ranger" character (re-established on television), and relating his meeting of television's "Lone Ranger," Clayton Moore. Foy also looks back on his association with WXYZ's other popular radio adventures "The Green Hornet" and "Challenge of the Yukon." He chronicles his move to New York City and his over twenty-year tenure as a staff announcer at the ABC network. He discusses several of the shows he worked on, including The Les Crane Show (ABC's first foray into late-night programming), The Dick Cavett Show, and The Daytime Emmy Awards. Lastly, he relates his experience appearing at SPERDVAC (The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy) 's 75th anniversary celebration of "The Lone Ranger."  B-roll includes photos from Foy's career in radio and television ("The Lone Ranger," The Dick Cavett Show) and a shot of the program cover from the SPERDVAC event. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Studio City, CA on May 5, 2008.

"I remember the first broadcast when I was in the studio and here was 'The Lone Ranger' right across from me....You've got the William Tell Overture leading in and then he would say "Hi-yo Silver!" and I would say: 'A fiery horse with a speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-yo Silver!', the Lone Ranger!' That was exciting."

Highlights
Fred Foy on how Richard Benjamin, a huge Lone Ranger fan, was once a guest on The Dick Cavett Show and Foy announced the "Hi Ho Silver" opening as a surprise
04:49
Fred Foy on how Richard Benjamin, a huge Lone Ranger fan, was once a guest on The Dick Cavett Show and Foy announced the "Hi Ho Silver" opening as a surprise
13:18
On the memorable opening that he did for both radio and TV's "The Lone Ranger" - he performs the narration
00:58
Fred Foy on the importance of the mask of the "Lone Ranger" and on the one time he did reveal his identity -- to "Cavendish"
02:29
Fred Foy on announcing the Daytime Emmy awards at ABC in New York
02:59
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early influences; on developing an early love of theater and acting
07:40
On his first job in radio at WMBC; on working in radio at WXYZ which broadcast the radio show "The Lone Ranger"; on his military service in WWII in the Special Service unit which is where he learned how to be an announcer
10:03
On a radio show he produced with Jack Benny while in the Special Services unit in Cairo; on the special "Christmas Overseas" from Egypt
04:05
On returning to his career as an announcer at WXYZ; on getting the job as an announcer on "The Lone Ranger" radio show; on developing the voice for the announcer role
08:48
On the first broadcast of "The Lone Ranger" and saying, "A fiery horse with a speed of cloud and dust, and a hearty 'Hi-yo Silver, the Lone Ranger!"; on the time he stood in for the "Lone Ranger"
04:33
On the production of "The Lone Ranger" radio show and a typical workweek; on the rest of the cast; on why he believes the show was so popular
10:04
On why the "Lone Ranger's" identity was kept masked; on the beginning of the television version of the radio show; on George Trendle, Clayton Moore
16:12

Chapter 2

On the narration and commercials on The Lone Ranger; on his role on the show
02:30
On working at a toy store when he was younger, and dressing as the" Lone Ranger"; on the popularity of the television show on ABC; on how "The William Tell Overture" is identified with The Lone Ranger; on the final show
07:01
On The Green Hornet; on Sergeant Preston of the Yukon; on moving to New York and working at ABC News in the 1960s as a news announcer
12:29
On working on The Dick Cavett Show and the fact that Cavett was a Lone Ranger fan; on being inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame by Richard Benjamin; on throwing a pie at Cavett
16:34
On The Les Crane show, a late-night network show for which he was the announcer
04:40
On the craft of announcing; on his technique and his voice; on announcing for the Daytime Emmys; on changes in technology for announcers and voiceovers
18:30

Chapter 3

On his family; on his proudest achievements; on advice to aspiring hosts and TV professionals
06:31
On the memorable opening that he did for both radio and TV's "The Lone Ranger" - he performs the narration
00:58
On b-roll photos from his career
02:48
Shows

Dick Cavett Show, The

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Fred Foy on working on the Dick Cavett Show as an announcer and how Cavett was a big Lone Ranger fan: he had Zubin Mehta conduct the "William Tell Overture" once on the show
03:16
Fred Foy on how Richard Benjamin, a huge Lone Ranger fan, was once a guest on The Dick Cavett Show and Foy announced the "Hi Ho Silver" opening as a surprise
04:49
Fred Foy on doing the on-air commercials during The Dick Cavett Show
03:37
Fred Foy on meeting Fred Astaire when he was a guest on The Dick Cavett Show and getting to meet his idols while working as an announcer on that show
03:13
Fred Foy on the format of The Dick Cavett Show
01:39

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Fred Foy on announcing the Daytime Emmy awards at ABC in New York
02:59

Green Hornet, The

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Fred Foy on The Green Hornet's opening, which he announced on radio
00:28

Les Crane Show, The

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Fred Foy on The Les Crane show, for which he was the announcer
07:42

Lone Ranger, The

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Fred Foy on listening to "The Lone Ranger" on the radio when he was very young and how he would one day become the show's announcer/narrator.
01:20
Fred Foy on getting the opportunity to become "The Lone Ranger's" announcer when it was a radio show on WXYZ
04:45
Fred Foy on developing the voice as "The Lone Ranger's" announcer and on his influences
04:51
Fred Foy on his first broadcast of "The Lone Ranger" on radio and saying, "A fiery horse with a speed of cloud and dust, and a hearty Hi-yo Silver, the Lone Ranger!"
01:26
Fred Foy on the cast of "The Lone Ranger": Brace Beemer ("Ranger"), John Todd ("Tonto") on radio
07:32
Fred Foy on why "The Lone Ranger" was so popular on radio and the mystique of the characters
07:45
Fred Foy on the importance of the mask of the "Lone Ranger" and on the one time he did reveal his identity -- to "Cavendish"
02:29
Fred Foy on the transition from the radio show "The Lone Ranger" to the television series
04:16
Fred Foy on re-recording the opening lines of "The Lone Ranger" on television: "with just the fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi yo, Silver!' the Lone Ranger."
03:17
Fred Foy on the popularity of the television The Lone Ranger on ABC
01:07
Fred Foy on how "The William Tell Overture" is identified with The Lone Ranger
01:00
Fred Foy on the final episode of The Lone Ranger
04:10
Fred Foy on being recognized from his voice, due to his work on "The Lone Ranger"
01:17
Fred Foy performs the memorable opening narration that he did for both radio and TV's "The Lone Ranger"
00:58
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Fred Foy on his first broadcast of "The Lone Ranger" on radio and saying, "A fiery horse with a speed of cloud and dust, and a hearty Hi-yo Silver, the Lone Ranger!"
01:26
Fred Foy on how the "Lone Ranger"' was never portrayed as a killer
00:36
Fred Foy on developing the voice as "The Lone Ranger's" announcer and on his influences
03:25
Fred Foy performs the memorable opening narration that he did for both radio and TV's "The Lone Ranger"
00:58

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Fred Foy on the advent of radio in the early 20th century and the influences shows such as "The Shadow" had on him as a youth
01:20

Pivotal Career Moments

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Fred Foy on the advent of radio in the early 20th century and the influences shows such as "The Shadow" had on him as a youth
01:20

Pop Culture

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Fred Foy on how the "Lone Ranger"' was never portrayed as a killer
00:36
Fred Foy on his first broadcast of "The Lone Ranger" on radio and saying, "A fiery horse with a speed of cloud and dust, and a hearty Hi-yo Silver, the Lone Ranger!"
01:26
Fred Foy on developing the voice as "The Lone Ranger's" announcer and on his influences
03:25
Fred Foy performs the memorable opening narration that he did for both radio and TV's "The Lone Ranger"
00:58
Professions

Announcer

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Fred Foy on the craft of announcing, on his technique and his voice

Hosts

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Fred Foy on the craft of announcing, on his technique and his voice
Genres

Game Shows

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Fred Foy on being an announcer for game shows and changing his voice for that genre
People

Fred Astaire

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Fred Foy on meeting Fred Astaire when he was a guest on The Dick Cavett Show and getting to meet his idols while working as an announcer on that show
04:52

Richard Benjamin

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Fred Foy on how Richard Benjamin, a huge Lone Ranger fan, was once a guest on The Dick Cavett Show and Foy announced the "Hi Ho Silver" opening as a surprise
13:18

Jack Benny

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Fred Foy on a radio show he produced with Jack Benny while in the Special Services unit in Cairo
02:38

Dick Cavett

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Fred Foy on working on the Dick Cavett Show as an announcer and how Cavett was a big Lone Ranger fan: he had Zubin Mehta conduct the "William Tell Overture" once on the show
16:34
Fred Foy on Dick Cavett being the best interviewer he's ever known
00:18

Clayton Moore

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Fred Foy on Clayton Moore who played the "Lone Ranger" on television
03:17

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