On Tuesday, January 31, 1933, WXYZ radio out of Detroit made history. As part of a 90-minute dedicatory program for the Michigan Radio Network's opening ceremonies, The Lone Ranger rode the airwaves for the first time.
The Lone Ranger's first broadcast has been mistakenly stated as January 30, 1933 for decades. In The Lone Ranger: The Early Years, 1933-1937, authors Terry Salomonson & Martin Grams, Jr. lay out the details behind the first broadcast. Citing correspondence between the station's program manager, Jim Jewell, and the script writer, Fran Striker, they outline the confusion between the two dates over the years.
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