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EARLE GRASER

The story is that the man who played the Lone Ranger on the radio was killed in an accident on the night that the show was supposed to go on the air. The producers had to replace him with someone, but didn't want to announce it because they didn't want kids to know that their hero had been killed. So, at the last minute, they hurriedly rewrote the episode with the Ranger injured and unable to speak. He grunted and groaned a bit, and then slowly got his voice (the voice of the new actor, of course) back over the next few weeks. In this way, they got listeners gradually used to the new actor, and kids never knew that their hero had been killed. Here some of these episodes from 1941 on our March edition of RADIOthen The LONE RANGER. The station player is at the column on the right....

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