THERE WAS A TIME WHEN the good guys always wore white hats. That’s when family entertainment was a “roundup” around the console radio after dinner. Small hands carefully twisting a needle around the glowing radio dial until the call of “Hi-Yo Silver” burst through the crackling, scratching and buzzing of the airwaves. Those were the glory days of heroes on horseback.
The Lone Ranger did indeed wear the white hat. That legacy kicked off in 1933 on Detroit’s WXYZ radio station. It lasted for nearly 3,000 episodes. This success helped launch a dozen other cowboy heroes including Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy and many others.