Fred Foy was in broadcasting for more than 50 years, beginning in 1940 at WMBC/Detroit. Two years later he joined Detroit's legendary WXYZ.
In World War II, he was assigned to the Special Services Unit/Armed Forces Radio, stationed in Cairo, where he worked with Jack Benny and Nelson Eddy, among others.
In 1948 he was selected as announcer/ narrator for The Lone Ranger, where his stentorian delivery of “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear...” thrilled his audience for years and helped the program achieve even greater popularity and status as an outstanding example of radio’s golden age.
Most historians would agree that Foy’s introduction of The Lone Ranger is perhaps the most recognized opening in American radio.
He was also heard on The Green Hornet and The Challenge of the Yukon. In 1960, he joined the ABC Television Network as its principal voice. In the early ‘70s, he was announcer for the Dick Cavett Show. He has narrated dozens of documentaries and been a spokesman for many national advertisers.
He wrote From XYZ to ABC and has released a CD, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch.
Fred Foy died on December 22, 2010.
He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2000.