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The Lone Ranger

Who Was That Masked Man? The Lone Ranger is one of the iconic characters in American folklore, and he got his start on Mutual, airing from 1933 through 1954.

The Lone Ranger

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The history of the Old West is littered with larger-than-life characters who actually lived but whose exploits are the stuff of myth and legend: Daniel Boone, Jim Bridger, Davy Crockett, Wild Bill Hickok, Crazy Horse, Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, Annie Oakley, Chief Joseph, Doc Holliday, The Lone Ranger, Tonto. Wait a minute, those last two were not real people, were they?

The Lone Ranger has become such an indelible part of our popular image of the American Frontier that some people forget that he was a fictional character, although, as we will discuss later the Lone Ranger may have been inspired by a real-life lawman. In reality, the Lone Ranger was created and developed as a character in a kiddie radio program on Station WXYZ Detroit by Station owner George Treadle and his chief writer, Fran Striker in 1933.

According to the legend created by Treadle and Striker, Capt. Dan Reid led a posse of six Texas Rangers who were pursuing an outlaw gang led by Butch Cavendish. The Cavendish Gang turns the tables by setting up an ambush in Bryant's Gap canyon and leaving the slaughtered Rangers for dead. When the honorable wandering Indian, Tonto comes upon the grisly scene, he discovers that one of the Rangers, Capt. Reid's brother is hanging on to life by a thread. After burying the dead and nursing the survivor back to health, the surviving lawman fashions a mask from his dead brother's vest and becomes the Lone Ranger.

The first of nearly 3,000 episodes broadcast from WXYZ at the end of January 1933. Several actors would play the Lone Ranger over the years, including George Seaton, Earle Graser, and Brace Beemer. Soon after the debut, the series went nation-wide on the Mutual Broadcasting System, and it moved to the Blue Network (which would become ABC) on May 2, 1942. The program became ABC TV's first big hit when it launched on the small screen starring Clayton Moore in 1949.

Although he was a fictional character, the Lone Ranger met several historical figures during his career, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok, Teddy Roosevelt, William Bonney ("Billy the Kid"), Abraham Lincoln, Chief Sitting Bull, General Custer, and several others. In 2006, historian Art T. Burton began to spread his theory that the character of the Lone Ranger was inspired by an escaped African American slave turned US Deputy Marshal, Bass Reeves.

Reeves' exploits certainly read like a Lone Ranger fantasy. He escaped into the Indian Territory of Oklahoma during the Civil War. He was fearless and a master of disguise, outsmarting the outlaws he brought to justice more often than he outfought them, although he was known as a fearsome gunman. Many of the outlaws Bass arrested were housed at Michigan's Detroit House of Corrections, first built in 1861 in the same city where The Lone Ranger was broadcast over WXYZ.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto are two of America's favorite western characters, and the theme and bridge music caused many thousands of kids to grow up to liking classical music, too.

The Lone Ranger

The following is a listing of the shows that will be played on WELF-NPC Radio. Each week we will feature a new show from the list under the heading of show listed above. We will continue to rotate through this list until we remove the show from the radio station.

Show Title Originally Aired
0763 Osage Bank Robbery 12/17/1937
0777 Crooked Banker and Sheriff 01/19/1938
0782 Horse Thieves Steal Silver 01/31/1938
0785 Contraband Liquor 02/07/1938
0786 Dave Leggets Solution 02/09/1938
0790 Panamint Nashs Problems 02/18/1938 Playing this week on WELF-NPC
0792 Missing Letter 02/23/1938
0795 Apache Kid 03/02/1938
0797 Jim Murdocks Mine 03/07/1938
0799 Andy Beechum, Prospector 03/11/1938
0800 Homesteader Jeb Martin 03/14/1938
0801 Amos Franklyn, Sheepherder 03/16/1938
0803 Pitfall Trap 03/21/1938
0804 Coming of Age 03/23/1938
0805 Revenge for Mendoza 03/25/1938
0806 Faked Bank Robbery 03/28/1938
0807 Night Stage to Dalton 03/30/1938
0810 Red Part 1 04/06/1938
0812 Flaming Buildings of Box X Ranch 04/11/1938
0813 Reward Money 04/13/1938
0815 King of County 04/18/1938
0816 Price of Wool 04/20/1938
0817 Murder of Pony Express Rider 04/22/1938
0818 Toll Booth at Eagle Pass 04/25/1938
0819 Trap for Gambler 04/27/1938
0820 Train Stop at Broken Bow 04/29/1938
0821 Mine Claim Scheme 05/02/1938
0822 Bart Colt Gang 05/04/1938
0823 Billy Garrett Kidnapped 05/06/1938
0824 Ammunition for Indians 05/09/1938
0825 Bob McAlister Framed for Murder 05/11/1938
0826 NewFangled Justice 05/13/1938
0827 No Worse Enemy 05/16/1938
0828 Man Least Suspected 05/18/1938
0829 Confederate Money 05/20/1938
0830 Cottonwood Dam 05/23/1938
0831 Word of Soldier 05/25/1938
0832 Border Rustlers 05/27/1938
0833 Rosalinda Mine 05/30/1938
0834 Oil Lease Swindle 06/01/1938
0835 Barbara Bates Hacksaw Hastings 06/03/1938
0836 Silver Spur 06/06/1938
0837 Ranger Impersonates 06/08/1938
0838 Clue of Lazy Y 06/10/1938
0839 Doc Stubbs Snake Oil 06/13/1938
0840 Poverty in Three Coners 06/15/1938
0841 Gunning for Sheriff 06/17/1938

Other shows playing on WELF-NPC North Pole City Radio:

Superman Radio Show
Standard School Broadcast
Christmas Detectives
Comic Weekly Man
Christmas Mystery
Dick Tracy
Land of the Lost
Flash Gordon
Birdseye Open House
Matinee Theater
Christmas Crime
Untold History Revealed


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The Lone Ranger

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Matinee Theater Matinee Theater
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Christmas on the Moon Christmas on the Moon
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Standard School Broadcast Standard School Broadcast
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Dick Tracy Dick Tracy
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Howdy Doody Time Howdy Doody Time
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Land of the Lost Land of the Lost
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Comic Weekly Man Comic Weekly Man
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Christmas Mystery Christmas Mystery
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Christmas Crime Christmas Crime
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Christmas Detectives Christmas Detectives
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