Fred Foy, 89, the announcer best known for his passionate lead-in to

The Lone Ranger

show first on radio and then television, died of natural causes Wednesday at his Massachusetts home.

Nancy Foy said her father landed the job as the announcer on The Lone Ranger radio program in 1948. Radio historian Jim Harmon said Mr. Foy's introduction and narration was so good it "made many people forget there were others before him."

Mr. Foy's son, Fritz, said the signature opening words, "Hi-Yo, Silver!" were uttered by an actor for radio, but for the TV series his father boomed out the entire famous introduction: "Hi-Yo, Silver! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-yo Silver' - the Lone Ranger."

Nancy Foy said her father never tired of repeating it to anyone who would ask. - AP