On January 30, 1933 the first radio episode of the Lone Ranger premiered on WXYZ radio in Detroit, Michigan. The creator of the show is disputed. It was either George Trendle, owner of the station or Fran Striker the main writer. The show was immediately a success. The audience was split between children and adults, although originally it was marketed solely to children. It was so popular in fact, that it was it was picked up by multiple broadcasters including what would become ABC. The last show went on September 3, 1954. The show played as repeats until May 25, 1956.
The character was originally believed to be inspired by Texas Ranger Captain John R. Hughes, to whom the book “The Lone Star Ranger” by Zane Grey was dedicated in 1915. The radio show would go on to inspire books, comics, television shows and movies.