Radio: The Masked Rider

With a thunder of hoofs and a "Hi-yo, Silver . . . awa—ay!", The Lone Ranger this week gallops headlong into his 20th year on radio. As a reward for fighting virtue's fight in comic books, cartoon strips and on TV (Thurs. 7:30 p.m., ABC) as well as radio (Mon., Wed., Fri. 7:30 p.m., ABC), the masked rider grosses $5,000,000 a year. Most of the profits go to George W. Trendle, 67, a Detroit businessman (movie theaters, radio stations) who had the original idea for the Ranger back in 1932. His formula for the...

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