The Lone Ranger Premiers On Detroit Radio Station

Inside the WXYZ studio during one of the episodes
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Back in 1933, the first of 2,956 radio episodes of the hit show, The Lone Ranger, debuted on the Detroit radio station called WXYZ. The first airing was said to happen either late night on January 30th or early morning on the 31st depending on who you ask. The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked cowboy who used to run with the Texas Rangers that now fought outlaws of the Wild West. He did this with the help of his trusty Native American sidekick, Tonto, and his loyal horse that went by the name Silver. This led to one of the programs most popular catch phrases “Hi-yo, Silver! Away!”

The program was created by George Trendle, the radio station owner, and Fran Striker, the show’s writer. It quickly became one of the most popular radio programs on the air and was loved by children for the non-stop action. Adults also loved the program, especially parents, because of the positive moral example offered by the upstanding masked man. The Lone Ranger didn’t smoke, drink, or use profanities. As a matter of fact, he went out of his way to use grammatically correct speech without the use of slang. Maybe most importantly, he never shot to kill when taking down law-breaking outlaws. The Lone Ranger made an effortless transition to television in 1949 and ran until 1957, and has since been turned into a feature-length Hollywood film, as well as numerous books all other forms of media.

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