Fran Striker was a guiding force for radios most famous adventure
Striker began his radio career in Buffalo, New York, during the
1920s. He wrote for local stations WEBR and WGR before selling three
series to WXYZ/Detroit.
In early 1933, WXYZ owner George W. Trendle asked Striker to write
a new adventure series, The Lone Ranger. Following Trendles
suggestions, Striker created a solemn, honest hero who was the
embodiment of living prayer and gave him a sidekick named
The Lone Ranger was an instant national success. Striker
worked as a writer and editor throughout the shows 21-year
run, in addition to producing a Lone Ranger comic strip and
a series of Lone Ranger novels. In 1939, it was estimated
that Striker wrote 60,000 words a week.
Next, Trendle approached Striker about creating a modern-day adventure
show, which became The Green Hornet. From 1936 to 1952, the
Green Hornetthe secret identity of daring young publisher
Britt Reidmatched wits with the underworld, aided by
his valet Kato and his powerful car, Black Beauty.
Striker later wrote WXYZs long-running Challenge of the
Yukon and the FBI-inspired drama Ned Jordan, Secret Agent.
Fran Striker died on September 4, 1962.
Fran Striker was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
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